Galesburg is urging residents to take a proactive approach now that the Emerald Ash Borer has been detected in the city.
Larry Cox, Director of Public Works, said property owners should determine whether they have any ash trees. If they do, the trees should be checked for signs of the destructive pest.
Typically, branches at the top of an infected tree will die off first and more will die in the following years. The bugs are smaller than a penny and attach to the top of trees so it’s easier to spot signs of the Emerald Ash Borer than it is to see the insect itself.
A new food safety requirement that goes into effect at the end of the year affect those that manufacture food both for animal and human consumption. Facilities that "manufacture, process, pack or hold food" for both animals and people must register with the FDA by December 31st.