Proper Training Key to Success of the ATP Program
Once a year, usually in the spring, CDFA representatives conduct field training sessions with the staff of nurseries that ship under the Nursery Stock Approved Treatment Program (ATP).
The training is conducted to educate nursery workers on the ATP which was developed to ensure that no live glassy-winged sharpshooters (GWSS) are shipped from the infested areas to non-infested areas.
“Nurseries in infested areas participating in the ATP must treat all plants being shipped to non-infested areas of the state with an approved pesticide,” said CDFA Environmental Scientist Patrina Brennan. “Since these nurseries are using approved treatment materials that kills GWSS adults and nymphs and provides residual protection against any emerging nymphs, there is no need for county personnel to conduct inspections of outgoing nursery stock.”
Brennan feels it’s important to not only tell people how to set up for and conduct the treatments but to tell them why and how important their role is in preventing the spread of GWSS.
“The ATP was implemented in 2008 and has been very successful,” said Brennan. “We are all in this as a team, and the ATP wouldn’t be the success it has been without the hard work of everyone involved in this program.”
PD/GWSS Board Elects New Officers
Pictured are past PD/GWSS Board Chair Nat DiBuduo (left) and newly elected Board Chair Pam Bond.
New officers were elected at the January 23, 2017 joint meeting of the PD/GWSS Board and the PD Advisory Task Force in Sacramento.
Pam Bond, Director of Vineyard and Estate Operations for Swanson Vineyards in Oakville, was elected as the new Chair of the PD/GWSS Board, taking the reins from Nat DiBuduo, President of Allied Grape Growers. Bond has served on the Board for the past five years.
Ryan Metzler, Regional VP of Capital Agricultural Property Services, Inc. in Fresno was elected Vice Chair and Keith Horn, VP of Vineyard Operations and Grower Relations for Constellation Brands, Inc. based in St. Helena, was elected as Treasurer.