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Emerald Ash Borer Workshop: What can tree owners do?





SOUTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF

AGRICULTURE

 

NEWS RELEASE

 

For Immediate Release: June 5, 2018

Media Contact: Lorrin Naasz, 605.773.6211

 

Emerald Ash Borer Workshop: What can tree owners do?

 

SIOUX FALLS, SD – Ash tree owners in the Sioux Falls area are encouraged to attend an emerald ash borer (EAB) workshop on Monday, June 11, to learn about the insect and effective treatments.

 

“The emerald ash borer was confirmed in Sioux Falls this spring. This invasive insect is responsible for the loss of more than 100 million ash trees in 33 states,” said Dr. John Ball,  forest  health specialist with the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA). “The EAB will kill any ash tree that is not being protected by insecticide treatments. The insect is flying and the time to treat is now.”

 

The workshop will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. CDT at the Cooperative Extension Regional Center, 2001 E. 8th St., in Sioux Falls. The workshop will include presentations on EAB biology, identification, quarantines and other management concerns, followed by treatment demonstrations and an ash identification session.

 

This event is sponsored by the SDDA, the South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service and the South Dakota Arborist Association.  There is no fee or registration for the workshop.

 

For more information on the EAB, please visit emeraldashborerinsouthdakota.sd.gov the SDDA’s dedicated emerald ash borer webpage.

 

Agriculture is a major contributor to South Dakota’s economy, generating $25.6 billion in annual economic activity and employing over 115,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture's mission is to promote, protect and preserve South Dakota agriculture for today and tomorrow. Visit us online at sdda.sd.gov or find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

 

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