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  • Single GWSS Found in San Luis Obispo

    On Thursday, July 13, 2017 one glassy-winged sharpshooter (GWSS) was found on a trap within the city of San Luis Obispo. The location of this find is about four miles from where a previous GWSS infestation was eradicated in December 2013.

    According to Marty Settevendemie, Agricultural Commissioner for San Luis Obispo County, “In addition to placing more traps in the area, we conducted a visual survey within a ΒΌ mile radius of the find and found no further evidence of GWSS in the area.”

    With the addition of new traps, the total number of traps in the square mile area around where the adult GWSS was found is now 117.

    GWSS delimitation protocol requires additional traps and inspections in the area for four weeks. During the first week traps are checked twice, and during the next three weeks the traps are checked once a week. If by August 11 there are no additional finds, it will indicate that the trapped GWSS was an isolated incident and there is no infestation in the area.

  • Governor Brown Signs State Budget With $5 Million Designated for PD Control Program

    On June 27, Governor Jerry Brown signed the 2017-18 state budget, which included a $5 million one-year allocation for the CDFA’s Pierce’s Disease Control Program (PDCP).

    Nursery with yellow sticky trap

    Monitoring nurseries, plant inspections, and rapid response activities are the primary methods used by the PDCP to keep GWSS from spreading to new areas.

    The $5 million will be used to support the PDCP’s mission, which is to minimize the statewide impact of Pierce’s disease and its vectors in California. The PDCP received state funding annually from 2000 to 2011. Since then the PDCP has relied primarily upon federal and industry funding.

    The additional funding was not in the Governor’s original budget that was submitted in January. However a coalition of wine and grape organizations worked to get the money added to it.