Dana Rhodes to speak at January SMC Meeting

December 27, 2018 1:30 PM | Brandon Moree (Administrator)

PMTA is excited to announce that Dana Rhodes will be giving a presentation at the next Safety Management Council Meeting Jan. 17, 2019.

Rhodes is the Plant Health Program Manager and serves as the State Plant Regulatory Official for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. She has more than 27 years of experience in the horticultural field; 10 with the Department of Ag with regulatory responsibilities. Her work with the department of agriculture currently includes quarantine pest issues, nursery/greenhouse certification programs and inspections. Rhodes believes to control and contain pest issues, it takes industry and regulatory programs working together. It is important for each to understand how the other operates and why the pest poses a threat.

Rhodes’ presentation on the 17th will focus on navigating the spotted lanternfly situation currently affecting the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Spotted lanternfly is a new invasive pest to Pennsylvania and the U.S.  The insect has the potential to impact agriculture and quality of life where populations of the pest are high.  The states are very concerned about the movement of this insect.  Learn how assistance from industry is needed to safeguard commodities and safely move products from the quarantine areas into areas where there may be no spotted lanternfly.  Find out how multiple states are working to find ways to work together with the assistance of industry through regulation and the permit system.

The SMC meeting will begin at 10 a.m. with Rhodes’ presentation to follow. To register, click here

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