Through a cooperative agreement between the Delaware Department of Agriculture, USDA and the University of Delaware’s College of Agricultural Sciences, personnel survey for exotic plant pests and other pests of significance to help facilitate the export of Delaware agricultural products (Title 3 Chapter 11 – Plant Pests Law). As part of this program, our Plant Industries staff maintains and updates the National Agricultural Pest Information System (NAPIS) database for Delaware with pest detection survey observations. These observations emphasize exotic pests that may impact exports of U.S. agricultural products or damage agricultural production and natural resources.
In addition, bio-control programs for invasive noxious weeds, such as purple loosestrife, are being developed and implemented. This program is a cooperative program jointly funded by USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services’ Plant Protection & Quarantine (PPQ) Unit and the Delaware Department of Agriculture.