The United States Department of Food and Agriculture (USDA) along with the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) have added winegrapes to their list of commodities exempt from movement restrictions from areas currently being regulated for
Light Brown Apple Moth. This allows conventionally produced winegrapes to move freely within California as well as to other States. This exemption was granted after an exhaustive Pest Risk Analysis evaluating the common agricultural practices of winegrape
production in California, and it's impacts on the probability of allowing a reproducible population of LBAM to be shipped to other areas. Winegrapes being shipped to British Columbia, Canada still have to meet Canadian entry requirements. Please contact
Gabriel Chan, Robert Pelletier or Jatinder Gill at (209) 953-6000 for more information.
List of exempted commodities Click Here
In March 2007, USDA confirmed the presence of Light Brown Apple Moth in Alameda County. By July of that same year it had been found in 8 San Francisco Bay area Counties as well as the counties of Santa Cruz, Monterey and Los Angeles. Since then, despite
numerous methods and attempts at eradication, Light Brown Apple Moth has continued its spread across the cooler regions of California, including moving eastward up the Delta and into San Joaquin County.
A single Light Brown Apple Moth was trapped in Manteca in June 2009. A second moth in July triggered San Joaquin County's first quarantine. This quarantine area was declared eradicated, only to have another series of finds in Tracy area. This began the
battle San Joaquin County has been fighting to prevent the spread of LBAM into our county.
The Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM), Epiphyas Postvittana is a leafrolling Tortricid moth, originally from Australia. It has a very large host list, which includes over 2000 different species of plants, impacting many agricultural commodities.