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California Pest Control Districts

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Controlling Risks Though the Formation of Pest Control Districts
A Collaborative Project

California agricultural producers face multiple challenges from crop and livestock pests, complicated by cutbacks in state and federal programs that manage these threats. Producers will increasingly need to work collaboratively to compensate for these reductions.

Producer-initiated Pest Control Districts (PCDs) are a valuable tool for collaborative action; this project provides education on the benefits, formation steps, and functions of PCDs.  Participants include producers of specialty crops and underserved commodities, in addition to other agricultural professionals. A series of educational meetings were held throughout the state in 2005.

Controlling Risks through Collaborative Pest Management  (pdf)
a 36x36" poster

California Pest Control Districts - A "How To" Manual (2005)

  • PCD Manual Cover  (pdf)
  • PCD Manual (pdf) 156 pages


    • Introduction
    • Benefits of Pest Control Districts
    • Definition and Functions of Pest Control Districts
    • The Importance of Grower Participation
    • How to Begin to Form a Pest Control District
    • Commodity - A Guide through the Legislative Process
    • Legislative Process Flowchart
    • How to Form a Pest Control District when a Pest Control District Law Exists for Your Commodity
    • Steps on Petitioning to be Officially Recognized as a Pest Control District
    • Formation of a Pest Control District (when a Pest Control District Law exists) Flowchart
    • Funding the Pest Control District through the Proposition 218 Voting Process
    • Dissolution of a Pest Control District
    • Appendix

California Pest Control Districts - A "How To" Manual: Location of Host Plants (Addendum)


  • Introduction
  • How to Acquire Acreage and Ownership Information
  • What do I do with my Parcel List?
  • Mapping On-Line
  • Creating a Database
  • Map Verification or Ground-truthing
  • Access and Maintenance of Host Plant Information


  • Database Description
  • Scope
  • Database
  • Procedures
  • Olive Groves
  • Create a new grove
  • Splitting a block
  • Modify an olive grove
  • Database Reference
  • Main Menu
  • Olive Grove List
  • Grove Window


  • Owner Info Tab
  • The Location Tab
  • The Environment tab
  • The Mapping Tab
  • Comment History
  • Changing Owner Information
  • Owner Moves to New Address
  • Setting a new owner
  • Contacts
  • Anatomy of a Contact Record
  • Mapping

Project Funding

This project was funded by Risk Management Education (RME) USDA Department of Agriculture

Project Partnership

Project Leader:
Louise Ferguson, UCCE Dept. of Plant Sciences, UC Davis.
Grant implementation: Donna Seaver, Karen Curley, UC Fruit & Nut Research and Information Center
Project Partners:
Marylou Polek, Manager, Central California Tristeza Eradication Agency,
Gary Kunkel, Agricultural Commissioner, Tulare Co., The Agricultural Council of California representing 40 cooperatives, Central California Tristeza Eradication Agency, Almond Board of California, Citrus Research Board, Butte County Agricultural Commissioner, Fresno County Agricultural Commissioner, California Association of Winegrape Growers, Glenn County Agricultural Commissioner, California Citrus Mutual, Glenn County Olive Pest Management District, California Dried Fig Advisory Board, Prune Bargaining Association, California Grape & Tree Fruit League, Tehama County Agricultural Commissioner, California Olive Committee, Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner and California Pistachio Commission