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Governor Wolf Joins Front Lines in Battle Against Spotted Lanternfly

first_imgGovernor Wolf Joins Front Lines in Battle Against Spotted Lanternfly July 16, 2019 Environment,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today joined Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding and representatives from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA), Penn State University, and USDA at a Harrisburg site populated with Spotted Lanternflies to view the treatment being conducted across the commonwealth.“Although Pennsylvania had the unlucky fate of being the first state in the nation to be visited by the Spotted Lanternfly, we faced that challenge head-on and have made incredible strides in containment and control,” said Gov. Wolf. “This is a team effort and all hands are on deck, committed to protecting Pennsylvania’s agricultural products, preserving our quality of life, and keeping commerce flowing here in the commonwealth.”Under the governor’s PA Farm Bill – a package of legislation designed to expand and protect agriculture infrastructure – the Pennsylvania Rapid Response Disaster Readiness Account will provide $3 million toward the containment of the Spotted Lanternfly. This is the second year in a row the governor has allocated funding in the state budget to increase spotted lanternfly detection, control, and eradication efforts. Over the past few years the administration has allocated more than $10 million to protect Pennsylvania business and agriculture. Additionally, USDA recently dedicated more than $6.2 million in new funding to Pennsylvania’s efforts.This May, PDA introduced the Spotted Lanternfly permit system to train businesses and employees on recognizing the life stages of the Spotted Lanternfly. Since then, the department has issued more than 900,000 permits to businesses that travel in and out of the quarantine area. Additionally, PDA and USDA teams continue to assess and treat high-risk properties, with survey teams scouting for insects across the state after receiving reports of sightings outside of the quarantine area. Penn State has taken the lead on conducting outreach and research.“Pennsylvania’s progress in controlling the Spotted Lanternfly is due in part to the historic partnership we’ve made with USDA and Penn State and the critical funding we received through the state and federal budgets,” said Sec. Redding. “However, it’s important that Pennsylvanians remember that they play a significant role in this fight. They can treat their property with approved sprays, band their trees, or even use something as simple as a fly swatter to help control populations right in their own backyard.”Businesses can obtain a Spotted Lanternfly permit at https://extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly-permit-training. Homeowners with questions about treatment, including approved sprays, can learn more through Penn State Extension at http://extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly.For more information on the Spotted Lanternfly, visit https://www.agriculture.pa.gov/spottedlanternfly.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Hernandez reveals Van Gaal talk which prompted United exit

first_img Press Association Hernandez ended a five-year stay at Old Trafford in the summer by signing for Bayer Leverkusen on a three-year deal. The 27-year-old has been revitalised in Germany, scoring 19 goals already this season for club and country. Louis van Gaal told Javier Hernandez he only had a “one per cent chance” of playing up front for Manchester United, the Mexican has revealed.center_img While United were being dumped out of the Champions League and then losing to Bournemouth, Hernandez was busy scoring against Barcelona and then netting a hat-trick in the Bundesliga. Hernandez spent last season on loan at Real Madrid after Van Gaal told him to take the right offer if it came up, and the United boss left the striker in little doubt where he stood during the summer. In an interview with Movistar reported by Marca, Hernandez said: “I spoke with Van Gaal and he said that I only had a one per cent chance of playing in my position, so I headed to Bayer. “I felt confident from the very first day. I feel important, not just because of my goals, but because I feel that I’ll start every game”. Hernandez joined Manchester United from Guadalajara in 2010 and scored 20 goals in his first season, being voted player of the year by the fans. After Sir Alex Ferguson retired and was succeeded as manager by David Moyes in 2013, Hernandez began to fall out of favour He praised Ferguson for his squad management, saying: ” I was extremely lucky to be the first (Mexican) player to move to one of the biggest clubs in the world. “I had a great time there. I had an incredible start, full of opportunities, although those opportunities dwindled over time and things took a turn for the worse. “I’m so grateful to Ferguson. I think he’s the best there’s ever been, especially his squad management skills. “Every player had his place. A squad player could still play 15 games a season. He opened the door to Europe for me and I won two league titles there.” last_img read more