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Heather Leach talks about spotted lanternfly

Spotted lanternfly
DREADED BUG: The spotted lanternfly continues to spread throughout Pennsylvania, the Northeast, and even as far as California and Oregon.
Young Farmer Podcast: Originally from Michigan, Leach came to Penn State in 2018 to lead Extension’s efforts in controlling the pest.

2020 has been a year like no other, from the COVID-19 pandemic to the historic presidential election. But it’s also been a banner year for spotted lanternfly, the dreaded bug that continues to spread throughout Pennsylvania, the Northeast, and even as far as California and Oregon.

Today’s Young Farmer Podcast guest is Heather Leach, a Michigan native and entomologist who came to Penn State Extension in 2018 with one focus: spotted lanternfly.

Since taking the job, Leach has been on the front lines of taking on this potentially destructive pest. She has a much better understanding of the bug, but even she still has questions about its potential and how farmers can work to control it.

Take a listen to today’s podcast! And Happy Thanksgiving to all of you out there.

 

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