Utah CAPS Program

Welcome to the Utah CAPS Program

What is CAPS?

The Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS) Program is a combined effort between state and federal agricultural agencies to conduct surveillance, detection, and monitoring of exotic plant pests of agricultural and natural plant resources and biological control agents. Survey targets may include plant diseases, insects, weeds, nematodes, and other invertebrate organisms. CAPS is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) through its Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), which operates the Plant Protection and Quarantine Program (PPQ).

Pest Tracker is the public face of invasive pest detection surveys. The Utah CAPS Program is cooperatively administered by Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) and the Utah Plant Pest Diagnostic Lab at Utah State University (USU). Lori Spears (USU) and Clint Burfitt (UDAF) oversee the Utah CAPS program, and work closely with Dawn Holzer (APHIS).

For more information about the CAPS program, please visit the CAPS Resource and Collaboration site.

CAPS Survey Planning

Anyone with an interest in surveying for invasive pests is encouraged to participate in the CAPS program. Funds to support CAPS are provided to State Departments of Agriculture (UDAF) and other cooperators, such as USU, through cooperative agreements, which are administered through the USDA PPQ Field Operations offices. 

CAPS Guidelines are published in April for the following year's CAPS surveys, and usually in October for surveys funded through Farm Bill. The guidelines define the processes and procedures for planning surveys. If planning a CAPS survey, check out the most up-to-date CAPS approved methods and the Priority Pest List that identifies the commodity and taxon pests and the pests on the AHP Prioritized List.

Current Surveys (2015)

  • Alfalfa and Corn Survey (USU)
  • Small Grains Survey (USU)
  • Orchard Survey (USU)
  • Emerald Ash Borer Survey (USU)
  • Imported Fire Ant Survey (USU)
  • Biological Control Projects (USU)
  • Asian Defoliator Survey (UDAF)
  • Exotic Wood Borer / Bark Beetle Survey (UDAF)
  • Honey Bee Pests and Diseases (UDAF)
  • Cactus Moth Survey (USDA)

Past Surveys and Reports