San Joaquin Agriculture Commissioner Tim Pelican is working closely with the California Department of Food Agriculture (CDFA) and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) after the discovery of Asian citrus psyllids in San Joaquin County.  The psyllids were found in residential neighborhoods in Manteca and Lodi, but due to the close proximity of agriculture in the area, the detections raise serious concerns about the possibility that the pests can spread to those areas. 

Ken Gilliland

The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) is expected to release a report in the next week or two discussing how California regulates fumigants and other critical crop protection tools. CIR has interviewed many stakeholders for this report ranging from farmers to organizations that want the state to ban or further limit fumigants and other essential pesticides.

Matthew Allen

A county-wide quarantine has been issued for all of Tulare County, following the detection of two Asian citrus psyllids in two different locations in city of Tulare.  The county is now the only one in the San Joaquin Valley with an all-inclusive quarantine.  Kern and Fresno Counties both have partial quarantines in place.  The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) issued a press release announcing the expanded quarantine area as “the most effective response to contain the pest

Ken Gilliland

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is mandated to prevent the introduction and spread of injurious insect pests, plant diseases, and noxious weeds in California. To accomplish this, CDFA implements the Statewide Plant Pest Prevention and Management Program.  CDFA has issued a draft Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR), which is intended to meet California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requirements for CDFA’s reasonably foreseeable plant pest prevention, management, and regulatory activities.

Ken Gilliland

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