Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey Program (CAPS) is a federal program coordinated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) in collaboration with state departments of agriculture. The CAPS program monitors for and detects insect and plant pests that are threats to agricultural and natural ecosystems. This program helps protect the nation’s food supply and is integral to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. New Hampshire’s close proximity to the major international ports of Boston, Halifax and Montreal makes it extremely vulnerable to introductions of exotic (non-indigenous) insects and pathogens. The CAPS program facilitates early detection, rapid response and appropriate actions needed to address introduced pests.
Forest Pest Outreach and Survey Project (FPOSP) is a project in conjunction with USDA-APHIS to provide outreach on injurious forest insect pests, principally emerald ash borer (EAB) and Asian longhorned beetle (ALB).The Division contracts with a coordinator to manage outreach activities between the Division, Cooperative Extension, and other state and federal cooperators. The focus of the outreach in 2012 will be on outreach to school-aged children. If you are interested in available outreach opportunities, please contact the Division.
Citizen Volunteer Survey Project (CVSP) is a new USDA-APHIS outreach project with a focus on citizens surveying their communities for invasive pests like ALB and EAB and reporting the results of their surveys to www.beetledetectives.org.
Emerald Ash Borer Project (EAB) is a cooperative agreement with USDA-APHIS to survey for EAB in New Hampshire. Survey efforts in 2011 included placement and monitoring of 150 purple prism traps in the state, responding to calls from NH residents regarding potential EAB sightings, and outreach.