IDOA and USDA field staffs began visiting identified sites in late May inspecting the plants with a primary focus on rhododendron as the main suspected carrier of the disease, but also inspected other known host plants such as azalea, viburnum, and lilac.
Scott Schirmer, State Plant Regulatory Official at IDOA says "These situations are never easy, but when industry recognizes the severity of the situation and cooperates to help address the issue,
"In state government, the IDNR is pleased to join with the IDOA
, IDOT, IEPA and other agencies in working closely with agriculture and conservation groups, utility and railroad companies, and interested citizens on monarch conservation."
"Our farmers feed the world, working tirelessly every harvest season to get their crops from the field to market as quickly as possible," said Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA
) Director Raymond Poe.
Illinois ranks among the top 10 states in the production of peaches, asparagus, cauliflower, green peas and lima beans, according to the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDOA