Pest Exclusion Program
The Agricultural Commissioner, in cooperation with CDFA and USDA, works to enforce federal, foreign and domestic plant pest quarantines, as well as California state quarantines and county restrictions and ordinances. This program inspects incoming commodities that may be carrying pests we do not want in Merced County or in California. Our goal is to prevent non-indigenous, harmful pests from becoming established so that we are more efficient in using our limited resources. The program also promotes a healthy agricultural economy, as California's crops are kept free of exotic pests that may require us to impose restrictive quarantine measures. This program facilitates the exportation of our unprocessed agriculture products to other states and countries. Agricultural Biologists are trained and certified as USDA-APHIS Inspectors for issuing Federal Phytosanitary Certificates on commodities for export. This program is our first line of defense against importation and exportation of economically important pests.
- Bringing plants & animals into California
- Bringing fruit & vegetables into California
- Shipping plants or plant material out of California - National Plant Board
- Asian Citrus Psyllid Information
- Current Quarantines in California
- Bringing firewood into California
- CDFA Plant Quarantine Manual - information on what you can and can't ship to other States
- Bulk Citrus Agreements (CDFA) - Grower/Packer/Hauler Information & Compliance Agreements for Asian Citrus Pysllid
- USDA Phytosanitary Certificate Issuance & Tracking - login page
Nursery Inspection Program
Inspections are performed on nursery stock entering into Merced County and nursery stock produced within Merced County as well. These inspections help protect the environment and foster fair competition by assuring the customer that plants are free from certain pests. This also allows the growers to ship their products throughout the state, nation and world.