The Indiana State Department of Agriculture is designating April as Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month.
Going along with the Midwestern Governor's Association, ISDA is reiterating its commitment to help lead the fight against these threats to the agricultural economy.
Invasive plants, pests and diseases can threaten not only agriculture, but parks, forests, gardens and even entire ecosystems. The MGA reports the annual economic impact of this problem exceeds $ 1 billion annually, including lost revenue and cleanup costs.
"ISDA remains committed to help facilitate and support a coordinated effort in the fight against invasive plants, pests, and diseases," says ISDA Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs. "The economic health of the agricultural sector depends on the industry's ability to work together to identify threats and manage them."