Nevada County Department of Agriculture and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) will hold a public meeting to review 2012 European Grapevine Moth (EGVM) quarantine activities. Residents within 500 meters of the 2011 'find' sites in Nevada City and Rough and Ready will be required to participate in quarantine activities to control and eradicate this moth. These activities are provided at no charge to the landowner by CDFA, and is limited to those residents with grapevines. Residents will have the choice between grape flower removal, which results in no fruit this year, or for organic treatments with Dipel DF. The Dipel option will require multiple treatments in the summer season.
Residents in the 500-meter treatment zones are being mailed notifications, and copies of these documents are also on file with our office, and available for download on this page. The meeting is set for Wednesday May 30, 5:30-7:00pm, at the Veteran's Building in Grass Valley. Staff will be on hand to answer questions about the quarantine in general and treatments specifically. If they cannot attend the meeting, they are welcome to contact our office and speak to one of our biologists at 273-2648, or to contact CDFA's pest hotline at 800-491-1899.
European Grapevine Moth (EGVM) is a serious new insect pest in California. The larvae feed on both the flowers and fruit of grapevines. Once established they have the potential to cause up to 100% grape crop loss. Wine grapes account for $1.5 million in our county's agrculture production, so control and eradication are important in sustaining our local agriculture. The good news is that we have yet to find any more moths in our county, and if we continue with no finds in 2012, Nevada County will be eligible for exit from the quarantine.
EGVM Public Meeting Notice Nevada _2_.pdf