Light Brown Apple Moth Quarantine Prompts Public Meetings

Two public meetings held to discuss the light brown apple moth (LBAM) quarantine

Newly appointed County Agricultural Commissioner, Ha Dang, welcomed 50 local agricultural community members at two public meetings to discuss the light brown apple moth (LBAM) quarantine. Held in San Marcos and Fallbrook on May 23 and 24, officials from the County, California Department of Food and Agriculture, and United States Department of Agriculture were on hand to talk about the implications of the quarantine and answer attendees’ questions. The quarantine was established on May 20th after four moths were trapped in close proximity in the Oceanside area. Native to Australia, LBAM caterpillars damage over 2,000 plants and 250 types of crops by feeding on the leaves, buds, shoots, and fruit.  Residents and growers in the affected area of Oceanside are not allowed to move plants, fruit or vegetables out of the area unless they comply with the restrictions of the LBAM quarantine.  For more information contact the LBAM Hotline at 1-800-491-1899 or Deputy Agricultural Commissioner Jim Wynn at 760-752-4700 or james.wynn@sdcounty.ca.gov.