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  • CDFA Statewide Survey and
    Detection Gearing Up

    Yellow sticky trap hanging from a citrus tree.

    Yellow traps like this one are hung in yards across California in an effort to discover pests as quickly as possible.

    Spring is fast approaching, and that means that populations of the glassy-winged sharpshooter (GWSS) will soon be on the rise. The approaching warm weather is the trigger that activates the GWSS statewide survey and detection program.

    The focus of the program is on systematically trapping in uninfested urban and rural residential areas and nurseries to determine if GWSS are present. GWSS are detected by using yellow panel traps that are deployed in 43 counties that are not infested or are only partially infested with GWSS. The GWSS are attracted to the trap’s bright yellow color and become stuck on the adhesive surface. County and state personnel service traps on a regular basis during the trapping season.

    Each urban and rural residential trap is checked every two or three weeks and moved to a new location every six weeks. New traps are used as needed.  During the peak of the trapping season, approximately 33,000 traps are deployed and serviced statewide for GWSS detection and survey.

    During 2017, the Pierce’s Disease Control Program (PDCP) provided detection training to 533 employees from 34 counties, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), nurseries participating in the Approved Treatment Program (ATP), and citrus packing houses. Staff assisted county personnel with field surveys and also conducted quality control inspections of county trapping programs. These inspections are done to ensure trap placement, host selection, servicing schedules, and record keeping are performed properly.

    These and other efforts in the continuing partnership of government and industry have been a cornerstone in stemming the movement of GWSS into uninfested areas of the state for 17 years.

  • New Officers for the PD/GWSS Board

    Outgoing Chair Pam Bond, left, was recognized for her service as Chair of the Board and presented with a Certificate of Appreciation signed by CDFA Secretary Karen Ross and PD Control Program Statewide Coordinator Bob Wynn, right.

    At its January 22, 2018 meeting, the PD/GWSS Board elected new officers to serve during 2018. The new officers are Ryan Metzler (Chair) of Fresno, Keith Horn (Vice Chair) of St. Helena, and Domonic Rossini (Treasurer) of Modesto.

    Outgoing chair Pam Bond, of Oakville, was elected chair of the PD/GWSS Board for a one-year term at the January 2017 meeting, succeeding outgoing chair Nat DiBuduo, of Fresno.

    Newly elected Board Chair Metzler, formerly the Board’s vice chair, is a fourth generation farmer raised in the Fresno area. A graduate of Fresno State, he formerly served as vice-president of Capital Agricultural Property

    Ryan Metzler is the new chair of the PD/GWSS Board.

    Services, the property management division of Prudential Ag Investments, where he managed many farm operations in the West. He now is the owner and operator of Fruita Del Sol, a certified organic producer, and farms 200 acres of winegrapes and tree fruit in the Fresno/Sanger area. Metzler is also a Lt. Cmdr. in the U.S. Navy Reserve with 27 years of service.

    “I’m excited to play a part in the PD/GWSS program which is helping to protect California’s winegrape industry,” Metzler said, “It’s really humbling to be on the Board with so many leaders in the industry and help manage the public and private coordination of resources to help fight this pest and disease. With continued research and close management, this board continues to find solutions to this challenge.” (more…)