Agriculture Pest Survey Program
The Cooperative Agriculture Pest Survey (CAPS) program conducts science-based state surveys targeted at specific exotic and introduced plant pests identified as threats to U.S. agriculture and/or the environment. These activities are accomplished under USDA funding that is provided through cooperative agreements with the Arkansas State Plant Board. Outreach activities are also conducted to assist the public to comply with existing plant pest regulations and to recognize and report new pest introductions in Arkansas.
The mission of the Arkansas CAPS program is to provide a survey profile of exotic and introduced plant pests, which might occur in Arkansas, deemed to be of regulatory significance through early detection and surveillance activities. These efforts are accomplished by involving stakeholders and the scientific community, and leveraging efforts by other Agencies in USDA, government entities, State departments of agriculture, universities, and industry partners.
Current and Ongoing Survey Programs
- Forest Pest Outreach
- Gypsy Moth
- Imported Fire Ants
- National Honey Bee
- Walnut Twig Beetle/ Thousand Cankers Disease