In December 2011, an influenza A (H1N1) virus known to circulate in U.S. swine but not humans has been detected in an adult in the state of Wisconsin. CDC laboratory testing has confirmed that this is a new reassortant influenza A H1N1 virus.
The Role of an Extension Educator
As an Extension educator, you may play an important role in responding to a plant or crop disaster. EDEN has developed these pages to help Extension educators plan ahead and be prepared to respond.
Sudden Oak Death
Sudden Oak Death (SOD) is a forest disease, caused by a fungus known as Phytophthora ramorum that accumulates on host plants.
Soybean rust is a serious disease causing crop losses in other parts of the world.
Plum pox is caused by a virus from the genus Potyvirus. These are one of the largest groups of plant viruses. The plum pox potyvirus is the only known potyvirus known to infect stone fruit (Prunus sp.).
Threats to U.S. Crops
Detecting and identifying abnormalities in plants or crops is essential when bringing control to a potential threat. The following resources provide up-to-date information on a variety of biological agents and pests.
Contains information on avian influenza from eXtension.
Current Situation H5N1 and H7N9
Cases of human and bird H5N1 continue to be reported in small numbers in countries with prior outbreaks, CDC and the World Health Organization are closely monitoring human illness and death from H7N9. For more information see the EDEN H7N9 Topic Page.
This page provides insight regarding federal initiatives, including an overview of the USDA response plan.
Plant and Crop Security
Agriculture is a vital component of the U.S. economy. Each season, producers face threats to crop production. These threats include natural disasters, as well as deliberate acts by individuals or groups wishing to harm consumers or the U.S. economy.