About the Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Program
The California Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Program (CPDPP) is a program primarily funded by California growers and administered by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). Through the growers’ funding commitment, the state and federal governments are also able to provide supplementary funds crucial to supporting the full range of the program’s activities.
The Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Program Committee was authorized through Assembly Bill No. 281 (AB 281), which was signed into law on October 9, 2009. The committee was established in 2010 to oversee the Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Program’s statewide work plan and advise the California Secretary of Agriculture and the agricultural industry about efforts to combat serious pests and diseases that could threaten California’s citrus industry.
Program efforts include detection and removal of HLB-infected trees, tracking and suppressing psyllid populations, enforcing regulations and quarantines in partnership with county agricultural officials, implementing biocontrol techniques to limit the spread of psyllids, data sharing and analysis among various stakeholders, and implementation of an outreach program to growers, elected officials and homeowners to ensure cooperation and awareness.