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AGRIBUSINESS: 25 Counties Quarantined Because of Emerald Ash Borer

Twenty-five counties in eastern Iowa are now under quarantine to defend ash trees from the Emerald Ash borer.

In 2010, Allamakee County in Iowa’s north-eastern most corner was declared infested and was contained until this last year, when three more Iowa counties were found with the ash borer.

The beetle kills all ash species and is considered as one of the most destructive tree pests ever seen in North America.

Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey hopes the quarantine prevents the spread of the insect while allowing businesses to function.


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