Preserving our Roots:
Agri-Businesses in Goochland
Article submitted by Nicole Shuman, Goochland's Agriculture Extension Agent.
Last month, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services expanded the Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine area from Frederick, Warren and Clarke counties, and the City of Winchester to include the following localities: Buena Vista, Charlottesville, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Lynchburg, Manassas, Staunton, Waynesboro, Albemarle, Augusta, Carroll, Page, Prince William, Rockingham, Rockbridge, Shenandoah, and Wythe. This invasive insect isn’t in Goochland… yet.
Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) is very damaging to a number of economically important horticultural crops, like wine grapes. I encourage everyone to learn to identify this insect, and to report any potential sightings to your local Extension Office. You can learn to identify SLF here: https://ext.vt.edu/agriculture/commercial-horticulture/spotted-lanternfly.html
SLF is happy to lay its eggs on pretty much any surface. When plants, plant parts, and other goods are transported, the eggs can come along for the ride. Thus, certain regulations apply to the quarantine area. There are no restrictions on goods or regulated items moving into the quarantine area from outside, or on their movement within the quarantine area. Homeowners should inspect household goods that are stored outside and complete a Spotted Lanternfly Checklist prior to moving these items out of the quarantine area. Businesses who transport regulated items out of the quarantine area must be permitted and complete inspections prior to transport. Business that transport goods through the quarantine area between April 1 and December 31 do not need to be permitted, provided that they do not stop for reasons other than refueling and traffic. More information is available here: https://www.pubs.ext.vt.edu/content/dam/pubs_ext_vt_edu/ENTO/ento-319/ENTO-512.pdf
Please contact the Goochland Extension Office if you would like more information on the Spotted Lanternfly.