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 In an effort to slow the spread of the emerald ash borer (EAB), the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA), is adding three more counties to an existing quarantine on ash tree products. Otoe, Lancaster and Saunders join the counties of Douglas, Sarpy, Cass, Washington and Dodge, for a total of eight Nebraska counties regulated under the Nebraska EAB Quarantine. The revisions to the quarantine went into effect Nov. 1.

“While we can’t completely eliminate EAB, quarantines can help slow the spread of this destructive insect into non-infested areas,” said NDA Director Steve Wellman. “That gives homeowners and municipalities across the state additional time to consider their options and make decisions about the future of their ash trees.”

The additional quarantines come after EAB was discovered in a tree in Lincoln and after a tree exhibiting signs and symptoms of EAB was discovered in Fremont in August.  EAB is an invasive metallic-green beetle that attacks ash trees by disrupting the flow of water and nutrients causing the tree to die.  The insect was first discovered in Nebraska in June, 2016.

The quarantine order prohibits distribution of ash nursery stock from within or out of the quarantine area, and regulates the movement of hardwood firewood and mulch, ash timber products and green waste material out of quarantined areas. NDA staff, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, work with the public and impacted industries to ensure compliance of the quarantines.

Each summer, NDA and USDA staff set and monitor EAB traps across the state to look for additional infestations. They also monitor and inspect trees, nursery stock and firewood checking for EAB.

The Nebraska EAB Working Group, which includes NDA, USDA, Nebraska Game and Parks, and the Nebraska Forest Service encourage the use of locally-sourced firewood.  EAB can easily travel in firewood, so burning it in the same county where it is purchased or purchasing heat-treated firewood is recommended.

If you feel you have located an EAB infestation, please report it to the Nebraska Department of Agriculture at (402) 471-2351, the Nebraska Forest Service at (402) 472-2944, or your local USDA office at (402) 434-2345.

LINCOLN – Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) Director Steve Wellman today announced the appointment of Amelia Breinig to the position of assistant director. Breinig, who has education and experience in communications and international trade, began her NDA duties this week.

“Amelia understands agriculture and the importance of trade in Nebraska’s economy,” said Wellman. “Her experience in international trade combined with her solid communications background will help Nebraska farmers, ranchers and agribusiness leaders share the story of our quality agricultural products with the world.”

Breinig is a native Nebraskan, growing up on her family farm near Arapahoe. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Journalism and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Minnesota.

Most recently, Breinig worked at the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). USTR is responsible for developing and recommending U.S. trade policy to the President, conducting trade negotiations at bilateral and multilateral levels, and coordinating trade policy within the U.S. government. Prior to that, Breinig worked in Washington, D.C. for Senator Deb Fischer, Congressman Lee Terry and the Senate Finance Committee communications team.

“I am thrilled to be a part of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture in a state where agriculture leads the nation in so many ways,” said Breinig. “Having grown up on my family’s farm, I look forward to having a positive effect on the agriculture industry and learning more about Nebraska policies and regulations.”