The United States, Canada, and Mexico share a common problem: Invasive plant pests don’t respect the international borders of North America. A pest in one country could pose a threat in all three—unless the three nations work as partners. So they joined their scientific, technical, and financial resources to prevent the introduction and spread of plant pests from the entire North American region. In 1976, they created the North American Plant Protection Organization. Its goal is to promote and secure cooperation to protect plant health in North America. Read more.
(This is a special guest article from the North American Plant Protection Organization!)
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About Plant Protection Today
Every day, USDA's Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) employees collaborate with many partners, cooperators, and stakeholders to protect plant health. To stay on the leading edge, PPQ explores scientific frontiers, develops new plant protection methods, and makes critical advancements. These efforts safeguard our nation’s agricultural and natural resources while facilitating the safe global trade of agricultural products. Plant Protection Today highlights some of PPQ's most successful and impactful programs and activities.