The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Pierce’s Disease Advisory Task Force will meet May 20, 2002, at the department’s headquarters in Sacramento. The group, appointed by CDFA Secretary William (Bill) J. Lyons, Jr., guides the statewide effort to fight Pierce’s Disease and the glassy-winged sharpshooter, a flying pest that threatens California grapes and other crops.
The meeting will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the CDFA Auditorium, 1220 “N” Street, Room 127, Sacramento, CA 95814.
The glassy-winged sharpshooter feeds and lays eggs on hundreds of plant species. It can carry bacteria that causes Pierce’s disease in grapevines and other diseases in additional plants. The sharpshooter has infested Riverside, San Diego, San Bernardino, Ventura, Orange, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, and Kern counties, and smaller segments of Butte, Contra Costa, Sacramento, Fresno, and Tulare counties.
For additional information on the glassy-winged sharpshooter and Pierce’s disease, please visit www.cdfa.ca.gov/gwss.
California Department of Food and Agriculture Office of Public Affairs
1220 N St., Ste. 214, Sacramento, CA 95814