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2017 CalRecycle – CDFA Pest Prevention University

A range of extremely destructive new pests poses a threat to California’s agriculture and landscape. From the $2 billion a year citrus industry to iconic palm and sycamore trees, the California landscape is experiencing a new type of ecological stress. A changing climate and an increasingly interconnected globe exacerbate the threat of invasive species. The transportation of yard waste and woody debris can both impact, and be impacted by, pest insects.

Every county within California faces unique challenges regarding pest management, and collaboration between local agencies and organizations is encouraged to strengthen these efforts. In order to bolster biosecurity and increase local collaboration between organizations battling on the front lines against invasive pests, CalRecycle and California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) partnered to present specialized training under the format of CDFA’s annual Pest Prevention University. For the first time, this special Greenwaste Pest Prevention University brought together staff from County Agricultural Commissioners and Local Enforcement Agencies (LEAs). County Agricultural Commissioners’ staff learned the basics of green materials movement and facility types. LEAs learned about state's interior quarantines, compliance agreements, and other tools to reduce the risk of spreading pests.

CalRecycle and CDFA conducted the Pest Prevention Universities in Alameda, Tulare, Ventura, Riverside and Orange counties in March 2017.  The workshops featured a series of presentations in the morning and then small group discussions and exercises in the afternoon where EAs and Agricultural Commissioners could interact and learn about each other’s roles in protecting California’s biosecurity. Participants discussed a number of important pests, including the Asian Citrus Psyllid, the Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer, the Light Brown Apple Moth, and Red and South American Palm Weevils.

The Pest Prevention Universities hosted a follow-up session at the CalRecycle Technical Training Series in April 2017.  

Participants explored a number of potential areas for additional collaboration.  In Los Angeles County, the LEA made significant efforts to identify facilities handling green materials from quarantine zones and to provide information so those operators could apply for compliance agreements. In Santa Clara County, LEAs and Agricultural Commissioner staff conducted joint inspections.

There is no one correct way for LEAs and Agricultural commissioners to address the current threats facing California’s landscape. Rather, government agencies and their agricultural and solid waste partners within each county have the opportunity to identify the best ways to collaborate to address threats particular to their community.

Last updated: September 29, 2017
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