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These resources have been developed with financial assistance from USDA APHIS cooperative agreement 13-8515-1649-CA Slowing the spread of invasive ants by educating small scale plant vendors
Past HAL staffers
Work on the USDA Farm Bill Grant to educate small plant vendors on preventing the spread of LFA has been completed. A total of 15 farmers markets were been identified and contacted between Kalapana and Waimea on the Island of Hawaii (Puna, South Hilo, North Hilo, Hamakua, and South Kohala Districts).

The main goal of this project was to increase understanding, acceptance, and support of plant pest and disease eradication and control efforts. The project reached out to vendors by collaborating with farmers market organizers and vendors, distributing educational materials, and providing training on simple treatment methods. These resources can be found at the top of the page.

The various farmers markets compete with each other for patronage from buyers. The ability to promote themselves as a venue for “pest-free” plants is a strong commercial advantage.  If farmers market coordinators are willing to place restrictions on non-complying plant vendors as a means of encouraging cooperation, the spread of LFA within the Island of Hawaii and onto neighbor islands can be substantially reduced.

A special thanks to Makuu Market and Hilo Coffee Mill for their participation and for allowing us to hold training sessions at their facilities. Also, thank you to all who attended the training sessions and are participating in the “No Ants in Our Plants” Program. For more information contact Heather Forester at
heather.forester@littlefireants.com <mailto:heather.forester@littlefireants.com> 
Project Resources
a repository of information about invasive ants

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