Inter-Departmental Correspondence

Agriculture/Weights and Measures



August 20, 2010


September 28, 2010







Honorable Board of Supervisors


Fred W. Crowder, Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer


Agreement #10-0350 with the California Department of Food and Agriculture for the Pierce’s Disease/Glassy-winged Sharpshooter Control Program



Adopt a Resolution


Authorizing the President of the Board to execute an agreement with the California Department of Food and Agriculture for the Pierce’s Disease/Glassy-winged Sharpshooter Control Program for the term of July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2012 in an amount not to exceed $637,997.98; and


Designating the Agricultural Commissioner as the local public entity authorized to receive these local assistance funds; and


Authorizing the Agricultural Commissioner to execute future contract amendments should additional funding be allocated for expanded work activities during Fiscal Years 2010-11 and 2011-12.



The glassy-winged sharpshooter is an insect vector for Pierce’s disease, which infects and kills grapevines, resulting in significant economic impact on the state’s wine grape industry. The sharpshooter spreads the disease as it feeds on ornamental plants and agricultural crops. The goal of the Statewide Control Program is to prevent the spread of the sharpshooter from southern California while research is conducted for effective treatments and controls. The Board approved the first Pierce’s Disease/Glassy-winged Sharpshooter Control Program contract in FY 1999-00, and the annual agreement and the resolution designating the Agricultural Commissioner as the “local public entity” has been renewed for each year since then.



Under the FY 2010-12 two year agreement, the County will receive $318,998.99 per fiscal year for a total of $637,997.98 to conduct daily inspections of incoming nursery stock shipments from infested areas of California as well as detection surveys at County nurseries and urban landscapes. The contract also reimburses the County for two extra-help Pest Detection Specialists who deploy and service glassy-winged sharpshooter insect traps from April through October. This agreement incorporates the FY 2010-12 Pierce’s Disease Control Program Work Plan, which has been approved by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA).


Food and Agricultural Code Section 6046 requires the designation of a “local public entity” in each county to receive the Pierce’s Disease Control/Glassy-winged Sharpshooter local assistance funds. CDFA has requested that each county provide a Board resolution specifically designating the County Agricultural Commissioner as the “local public entity” for receipt of these contract funds and has recommended that the Agricultural Commissioner obtain authorization to enter into additional amended agreements during the remainder of FY 2010-12, in order to expedite funding to the County should emergency program work activities be required. Wording to that effect has been included in the Resolution.


Approval of this Agreement contributes to the Shared Vision 2025 outcome of Environmentally Conscious Community by reimbursing the County for work activities that protect the agricultural industry and the environment from harmful exotic pests that may be introduced into northern California. It is anticipated that program staff will inspect at least 3010 nursery stock shipments and confirm that these shipments are free from glassy-winged sharpshooter.


This Agreement and Resolution have been reviewed and approved by County Counsel. Risk Management has been consulted regarding the insurance certification required by CDFA.


Performance Measure(s):


FY 2009-10

FY 2010-11

Nursery stock shipments confirmed to be free of glassy-winged sharpshooter





The term of this Agreement is July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2012. The annual revenue authorized by this Agreement was included in the Department’s tentatively Adopted FY 2010-12 Budget. The total contract amount of $637,997.98 will reimburse the County for expenses up to $318,998.99 annually related to the Pierce’s Disease/Glassy-winged Sharpshooter Program during FY 2010-11 and 2011-12. There is no Net County Cost associated with this contract.