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).

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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.

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