NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets CAPS
The Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS) is managed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ). The CAPS program is directed by USDA’s State Plant Health Director and NYS’s State Plant Regulatory Officer and conducted by the Division of Plant Industry of the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets. Surveys are conducted to detect or delimit exotic plant pests, insects, weeds and diseases that are not known to occur in the U.S. to minimize agricultural production costs and enhance product quality and marketability.
NYS Department of Agriculture & Markets and USDA APHIS/PPQ CAPS inspections are an important part of monitoring the movement of economically damaging plant pests and pathogens. With cooperation from Master Gardeners and Cornell Cooperative Extension, we can effectively reduce the threat of damaging plant pests and pathogens in New York. We are currently surveying for a number of known threats to ornamental plants, agriculture crops and woodland species. If you have seen any of these pests in your neighborhood, handled one in your diagnostic lab, or have questions; contact Paul Cappy at 518-457-2087.
NY-CAPS partner with USDA-APHIS/PPQ and other state agencies, industries, and professional organizations to develop and maintain effective emergency response systems to detect, respond to, and eliminate outbreaks of invasive pests and diseases. NY-CAPS continually strives to broaden its network of partners and improve its information sharing with cooperators. To report a possible invasive species in your region, fill out this simple form.