In 2013, the Illinois First Detector Program was developed. This program consists of in-depth training sessions with hands on experience on new and emerging invasive pest threats in Illinois. These workshops are offered at selected locations statewide.
Objectives of the Illinois First Detector Program:
- Improve first-detector training and invasive species awareness
- Reduce potential risk from pathogens and pests
- Increase rapid and affordable plant diagnostic support to local, state, and national agriculture and green industry programs as well as other end users.
Each workshop consists of three sections covering selected invasive insects, plant pathogens and plants. Each section will cover the subjects of: pest/pathogen identification, lifecycle/biology, hosts, sampling, management, commonly confused look-a-likes, and regulation. Continuing education units are available.
Funding for the Illinois First Detector Workshop is provided through the USDA-NIFA Extension IPM grant.