Welcome to the
California Department of Food and Agriculture's
Plant Health and Pest Prevention Services'
2008 Annual Report


The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Plant Health and Pest Prevention Services Division's (PHPPS) mission is legislatively mandated and clearly articulated within the California Food and Agricultural Code, as follows:

Mission — To protect California from the damage caused by the introduction or spread of harmful plant pests.

The California Legislature, enacting this mandate, also recognizes that pest prevention is uniquely positioned to protect California’s urban and natural environments as well as its agriculture. It specifically instructs the Department to protect ornamental and native plantings as well as agricultural crops from the harm caused by exotic pest invasions.


The PHPPS Division Administration is charged with carrying out this mission. The Division has translated this mission into the following Strategic Vision and Tactical Goals. In California, a series of federal and state plant quarantine laws and regulations are enforced to restrict the entry and movement of commodities capable of harboring targeted plant pests and enable our eradication and control efforts. This approach of prohibiting or restricting the movement of plants, plant products or other commodities capable of harboring exotic plant pests is done in the interest of food security. In this case, the public insurance of a safe and secure supply of food and fiber is based on the premise that it is more economically and environmentally sound to prevent the entry and establishment of dangerous plant pests than to live with them.

Strategic Vision — To provide leadership of pest prevention and management programs that effectively protect California’s agriculture, horticulture, natural resources, and urban environments from invasive plant pests, and protect and ensure quality agricultural crop production.

Tactical Goals — To prevent the entry, spread and establishment of invasive plant pests that could be detrimental to the State’s agriculture, public or natural resources by:

  • Accurate and timely pest identification
  • External and internal exclusion activities designed to prevent pest entry or establishment
  • Early detection of plant pests before they become well established
  • Timely and effective eradication actions to eliminate new pest infestations
  • Control and containment systems for plant pests that have become widely established
  • Research, information technology and pest risk analysis systems to assure that the pest prevention program is relevant, scientifically based and continuously improved
  • Maintain outreach programs to enlist public support of pest prevention activities through enhanced public awareness and education
  • Development of division employees, foster teamwork and a sense of accomplishments, and an enjoyable work place

Values — The PHPPS Division Administration encourages all branches and personnel to achieve the Division Mission, Strategic Vision, and Tactical Goals while adhering to the following core values:

  • Leadership: Provide clear direction, guidance and support
  • Communication: Open, constructive exchange of ideas, opinions and information
  • Decision: Decision-making based on the best available science, technology and common sense
  • Team Work: Accomplishing division goals through the cooperative efforts of each of our employees
  • Credibility: A team that maintains the division as a responsive, accountable and trusted organization
  • Development: Maintain a system that develops employees, expands capabilities, acquires and utilizes accurate information and new technologies, while employing innovative pest prevention strategies

The PHPPS Division works with national and international partners to achieve its Mission, Strategic Vision and Tactical Goals; in particular, along with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the division actively participates in the development of standards for pest prevention under the International Plant Protection Convention. The PHPPS Division is also a sustaining associate member of the North American Plant Protection Organization (NAPPO), a regional trade organization that develops pest prevention standards for the three country members — the U.S., Canada and Mexico. California industry representatives are active participants in NAPPO panel committees and its Industry Advisory Group.


The following people have contributed to the production of the 2008 Annual Report:

  • Compiled by: Lisa Serrano
  • Edited by: Dr. Robert Leavitt
  • Proofread by: Joe Maruca, Karen Zirkle, Lisa Serrano
  • Slideshow Photo Credits:
    • Kris Blaser: vineyard, grapes
    • Ed Williams: ladybug, cherries, peaches, lettuce, grove, birds, flight of the ibis.
  • Website by: Lisa Serrano