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.
The agency has scheduled a round of public hearings to address the PEIR regarding the statewide pest prevention and management program. The PEIR and supporting documents, along with scheduled public meetings, are available for download from the CDFA’s website.
The first public meeting was held on Monday, September 22, 2014, in Escondido, California, and was attended by Ken Gilliland, WG’s director of transportation and international trade. The next meeting is being held TODAY, Tuesday, September 23 in San Mario, California. Subsequent meetings will be held on:
September 24 -- Tulare
September 29 -- Sacramento--Also avaialbe as a WEBINAR: REGISTER NOW!
September 30 -- Napa
Comments are encouraged and should focus on the sufficiency of the document in identifying and analyzing the possible impacts on the environment and ways in which the significant effects might be avoided or mitigated. Final comments are due by Friday, October 31, 2014.
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