Pest Tracker

This website publishes survey maps for pests of agricultural and forest commodities and provides links to pest news and information.


PPQ

Plant Protection and Quarantine is a division of the United States Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service charged to protect American agricultural resources.

Mission Statement

APHIS-PPQ safeguards agriculture and natural resources from the risks associated with the entry, establishment, or spread of animal and plant pests and noxious weeds. Fulfillment of its safeguarding role ensures an abundant, high-quality, and varied food supply, strengthens the marketability of U.S. agriculture in domestic and international commerce, and contributes to the preservation of the global environment.

CAPS

Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey is a partnership between all 50 states and the USDA to detect and monitor exotic pests of economic impact.

Mission Statement for 2008

CAPS provides a distribution profile of plant pests in the United States deemed to be of regulatory significance to USDA-APHIS-PPQ, State Departments of Agriculture, tribal governments, and cooperators by:

  • Confirming the presence or absence of plant pests impacting the domestic and international movement of plants and plant products; and
  • Establishing and maintaining a comprehensive network of cooperators and stakeholders to facilitate our mission and to safeguard our American plant resources.