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CDA supporting local efforts to eradicate Japanese beetle in Mesa County

In the summer of 2022, when the first Japanese beetles were spotted in a Grand Junction backyard, the invasive species had not been seen in the area for more than a decade. After successful eradication efforts between 2002-2007, the pest was removed from the Western Slope, where it posed a threat to agriculture and the economy. But it reappeared again in 2022, likely due to transport by an unlicensed landscape contractor who violated the Japanese beetle quarantine from Front Range counties. 

Is your farm or ranch prepared if disaster strikes? Learn how to prep for emergencies.

In the 1980s, G.I. Joe: Real American Hero animated TV series concluded each cartoon episode with a Public Service Announcement (PSA) for children: “Now you know, and knowing is half the battle!” 

Emergency preparedness and disaster management for a farm, ranch, or ag business follows that same mantra. If you know how to prepare, respond, and recover from an animal disease incursion or a natural disaster like flooding or wildfire, then you just need to follow your plan and act accordingly.