New insects, diseases, and weeds have been introduces and are having major impacts on Georgia Agriculture.
- Kudzu Bug
- The kudzu bug was introduced from Asia and has spread through the Southeast. Soybean growers have experienced significant yield losses and homeowners have had their homes invaded by this new invasive pest.
- Spotted wing drosophila
- The spotted wing drosophila has spread across the Country. Growers of blueberry, strawberry, brambles, grapes, and other small fruit have dramatically altered their production practices to deal with this new threat.
- Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
- Brown Marmorated is an emerging threat to growers of blueberry, apple, peach, grapes, and other small fruit as well as a nuisance to homeowners as the bugs look for a place to spend the winter.
- Emerald Ash Borer
- Emerald Ash Borer has been destroying ash trees in forests and in homeowner yards. It has killed tens of millions of ash trees in southeastern Michigan alone, with tens of millions more lost in Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Quebec, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.