Category Archives: Invasive Species

European Grapevine Moth nearing eradication – from the Napa Valley Register

By Barry Eberling A $59 million, six-year battle has all but eliminated a grape-maiming invasive pest that struck the heart of Napa’s wine country. Napa County has spent $9.8 million and the wine industry $49 million fighting the European grapevine … Continue reading

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Wasps used to protect citrus trees from fatal disease – from the Los Angeles Times

By Geoffrey Mohan They look like grains of black sand inside a prescription vial. But each speck is a wasp that is lethal to the offspring of the Asian citrus psyllid, an aphid-size bug that spreads the bacteria that cause … Continue reading

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CDFA’s commitment to eradicate the Japanese Beetle

The California Department of Food and Agriculture is currently working on a pair of Japanese Beetle eradication projects in Sacramento County, in the communities of Carmichael and Fair Oaks. The beetle has been called perhaps the most devastating pest of … Continue reading

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Earth Day & Invasive Species: Sacramento-area students meet “Hungry Pests”

Sixth-graders from Cowan Fundamental Elementary School joined students at nearby Mira Loma High School in the Sacramento area this morning for an energizing and educational event built around the themes of Earth Day (April 22) and invasive species. CDFA Secretary … Continue reading

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If Bugs Took Vacations…

Note – April has been designated as Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month by the USDA I’m going to tick off a list of some popular reasons why people from all over the world dream of coming to California … Continue reading

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Protecting the Promise of California Agriculture – a report

View the report here. In turbulent economic times, assessing a government agency’s effectiveness can be a trying task. Our nation’s and indeed the world’s recent financial history did more than force government to cut budgets; it forced many great industries … Continue reading

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Editorial from the Porterville Recorder – Psyllid scare has been handled very well

http://www.recorderonline.com/articles/restrictions-57416-psyllid-handled.html Local, state and national ag officials, growers and even residents are to be commended on not only how they handled the Asian citrus psyllid finds, but for working together to keep the restrictions to the shortage time possible. The … Continue reading

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Detection Dogs profiled on NBC Bay Area

http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Agricultural-Dogs-Sniffing-Out-Illegal-Produce-209436231.html View more videos at: http://nbcbayarea.com.   There was a time when Hawkeye the dog stood amidst the humblest of life’s predicaments. He was confined to a kennel in Georgia, his days playing-out in a small concrete cell. But this … Continue reading

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Giant, Fluorescent Pink Slugs Found on Mountain – from Yahoo.com

It would seem to be something you’d see only in a cartoon or at a Phish concert, but according to park rangers in New South Wales, Australia, dozens of giant, fluorescent pink slugs have been popping up on a mountaintop … Continue reading

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USDA proclaims April as Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month

  http://www.aphis.usda.gov/newsroom/2013/04/pest_awareness_month.shtml The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) today proclaimed April as “Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month.” All month, APHIS will highlight how invasive species can enter the United States and … Continue reading

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