Two spotted lanternflies on a branch with green leaves.
September 28, 2021
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Albany, NY

Media Availability to Discuss the Spotted Lanternfly in New York State

Media Availability to Discuss the Spotted Lanternfly in New York State
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WHAT:        New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Director for Plant Industry, Chris Logue, will be available to discuss the State’s efforts to combat the Spotted Lanternfly, an invasive pest that can be devastating to New York agriculture.                   

WHEN:         11:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 29, 2021

WHERE:      Via Webex:

https://meetny.webex.com/meetny/j.php?MTID=m5939834994bbe6482d49dad6cd1741da

Join by phone: +1-518-549-0500

Meeting number (access code): 161 183 3788

Meeting password: AGM2021

*Please RSVP to Hanna Birkhead at [email protected] to register.*

WHY:            Spotted Lanternfly is a destructive pest that feeds on more than 70 plant species, including plants and crops that are critical to New York’s agricultural economy, such as grapevine, apple trees, and hops. 

The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets is asking for the public’s help in combatting the Spotted Lanternfly. First found in New York State on Staten Island in August 2020, the population has now been observed in all NYC boroughs, as well as in some areas in Upstate New York, including Ithaca. The Department is working closely with its partners on the state and federal level on measures to combat the population, control its spread to other areas of New York State, and protect New York’s agricultural crops.