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Pests and Animal Disease

USDA protects the health and value of American agriculture and natural resources. Through many years of experience in animal disease and plant pest and disease response, as well as in-depth research to develop the necessary tools to assist, USDA continues to expand and evolve its emergency response programs. USDA works closely with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide assistance and coordination during all-hazards emergencies, including natural disasters.

USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) makes sure that plans and capabilities are tested in advance, before an emergency. To protect agricultural health, APHIS is on the job 24 hours a day, 7 days a week working to defend America's animal and plant resources from agricultural pests and diseases.

Plant Health and Plant Pest Response

Multi-agency response to devastating citrus disease - One of the most serious citrus diseases in the world-Huanglongbing (HLB)-poses a very real and growing threat to citrus production in the United States.

APHIS provides national leadership and coordination for plant health emergencies and crop biosecurity.

Agricultural Research Service Plant Disease Research

USDA Plant Pest and Disease Programs

Report a Pest - What You Can Do - It's up to each of us to leave Hungry Pests behind.

Animal Health Response

Foreign Animal Disease Response Plans and Resources

Animal Disease Information by disease and species

Agricultural Research Service Foreign Animal Disease Research

Helpful Resources

Extension Disaster Education Network - USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture leads the Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN) - a collaborative multistate effort by extension services across the country to improve the delivery of services to citizens affected by disasters.