USDA APHIS PPQ Biological Control Cross Functional Working Group

Responsible for updating the PPQ Biological Control Strategic Framework

  • Mark Meyer, MD (EPB)
  • Monika Chandler, MN (CPB)
  • Eric Rohrig, FL (SPB)
  • Mike Pitcairn, CA (WPB)

USDA APHIS PPQ CAPS Strategic Planning

Update and develop a national strategy for the implementation of CAPS


The CARPOL (Certificates, Accreditations, Registrations, Permits, and Other Licenses) working group focuses on the “State Review” workflow for PPQ and BRS permit and notification applications prior to issuance within the new system.  The State Review workgroup’s focus will be to identify requirements for the system so that the state review and comment of both PPQ and BRS applications occurs efficiently and effectively.  The work will include reviewing the current State review work flow in ePermits and identifying improvements that can be incorporated into the new system to make State reviews easier and ensure State comments and regulatory requirements continue to be captured.

USDA APHIS PPQ Citrus Health Response Program (CHRP) National Program Coordination Group

The group participates in various working groups in support of the citrus health response program. The goal of the CHRP is to sustain the United States’ citrus industry, to maintain grower’s continued access to export markets, and to safeguard against a variety of citrus diseases and pests.

USDA APHIS PPQ Cooperative Agreements Working Group

Agreements Template Side-by-Side (February 2016)

USDA APHIS PPQ Export Certification Work Group

The former Export Board of Advisors has been restructured as the Export Certification Working Group, which also includes a member representing California County Agriculture Commissioners, Marilyn Kinoshita. The purpose of the group will be to review export policies and procedures for consistency and for their impacts on States. They will also discuss upcoming initiatives and changes to policies.

Meeting Notes (attachments included):

August 26, 2017
February 15, 2017

November 16, 2016

August 17, 2016

May 11, 2016
February 17, 2016

March 18, 2015
October 8, 2014
July 22, 2014
June 11, 2014
February 12, 2014
July 10, 2013
May 15, 2013
February 21, 2013
December 13, 2012
August 30, 2012
June 28, 2012
April 26, 2012
February 23, 2012
January 26, 2012
December 8, 2011
October 6, 2011
August 4, 2011
May 26, 2011
March 17, 2011
January 20, 2011
November 16, 2010
September 28, 2010

USDA APHIS PPQ Federally Recognized State Managed Phytosanitary Program (FRSMP) Working Group

This group provides State perspective and guidance on the development of the Federally Recognized State Managed Phytosanitary Program, formerly known as official control.

Gypsy Moth Moving Industry Group

Summary of work: Although household moves have long been known as a high risk pathway for the movement of gypsy moth, contamination of the conveyances themselves used in the containerized move pathway (e.g. PODS and PackRat) has recently surfaced as a concern.  Addressing the containerized move pathway is a priority for PPQ and the NPB.  A group containing representatives from NPB and PPQ has been assembled to share information and ideas on this topic.  Periodic group calls will be scheduled on an as needed basis.

  • Helmuth Rogg, OR (WPB)
  • Nick Condos, CA (WPB)
  • Jeff Knight, NV (WPB)
  • Scott Shirmer, IL (CPB)
  • Taryn LaScola, MA (EPB)
  • Larry Nichols, VA (SPB)

USDA APHIS PPQ Gypsy Moth Manual Review Committee

The GMMRC is a committee composed of APHIS PPQ and NPB representatives that are tasked with in in-depth review and updating the Gypsy Moth program manual. This manual reflects program policies, activities, and tools as they existed 15 and 20 years ago.  Over time there have been significant changes in the way we survey for gypsy moth, our regulatory practices and policies, products and strategies for suppression and eradication treatments and many other shifts in how the program operates. This committee will conduct an exhaustive and comprehensive review and update.


USDA APHIS PPQ National CAPS Committee

The purpose of the National Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS) Committee (NCC) is to provide guidance at the national and state level for the pest detection program. The Committee provides national guidance for policy, procedures, budgets, and performance tracking of CAPS initiatives. It helps to finalize the annual PPQ National CAPS Guidelines, including a list of exotic plant pests for survey priority, and communicates standardized survey methodologies. It helps establish communication objectives, policies, and plans to the stakeholders that the NCC members represent.

The NCC meets once a month on the first Thursday of the month by teleconference to discuss and plan CAPS business. Additionally, the NCC meets annually face-to-face in late January to review the CAPS program and initiatives, set priorities for the coming year, and begin to prepare the next year’s edition of the CAPS Survey Guidelines and pest lists.


USDA APHIS PPQ National Clean Plant Network (NCPN)

NCPN is governed by a central Core Working Group (CWG) made up of a member each from APHIS, ARS and NIFA. The CWG is assisted by a National Governing Body (NGB) comprising five state and federal invited members.

NPB NGB Members:

The NGB is composed of industry stakeholders, academic and state and federal government representatives who develop standard operating procedures to be followed throughout the network. Board members are elected, nominated or invited based on expertise and geographical location to represent the specialty crops served by the NCPN. The Board establishes work groups as needed and provides the work groups with guidelines for their operation. All operating procedures are published and provided to stakeholders for input. Stakeholder input is used to modify operating procedures as needed and operating procedures are validated prior to implementation. A consultative process is used that involves all stakeholders to ensure relevance of the material inventoried in working collections.

Specialty Crop Committee Members

Tree Fruit:



  • Peggy Sieburth, FL (SPB)
  • Lisa Williams, FL (SPB)


  • Tobin Gilbert, WA (WPB)


Sweet Potato:

  • Richard Miller, LA (SPB)
  • Ann Gallagher, NC (SPB)

USDA APHIS PPQ National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN) Operations Committee

The NPDN was established in 2002 by legislative mandate in response to the need to enhance agricultural security through protection of the health and productivity of plants in agricultural and natural ecosystems in the U.S. The specific purpose of the NPDN is to provide a nationwide network of public agricultural institutions with a cohesive, distributed system to quickly detect high consequence pests and pathogens that have been introduced into agricultural and natural ecosystems, identify them, and immediately report them to appropriate responders and decision makers. The Operations Committee is the steering body of this network.

National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN) Data Sharing Committee

National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN) Exercise Committee



USDA APHIS PPQ New Pest Advisory Group (NPAG)

The NPAG, through their executive secretary, sends requests for input from the NPB to the NPB regional representatives listed below. They in turn ask for information from their regional board members and reply back to the NPAG. It is requested that a “no response/concern” be provided as well as any concerns to the list of pests provided for review by the NPAG. NPAG Lead: Christie Bertone, Executive Secretary

USDA APHIS PPQ Phytosanitary Certification, Inspection and Tracking Working Group (PCIT)



USDA APHIS PPQ P. ramorum Regulatory Working Group

The purpose of the P. ramorum Regulatory Working Group is to review and/or, evaluate the P. ramorum program. Meet as requested to review changes to the program regulations and/or protocols. The group looks at a wide variety of issues, including regulatory protocols, triggers for regulation/deregulation, critical control points, high-risk plants, implications of soil and water positives, compliance agreements, import requirements, and other relevant issues and information.

USDA APHIS PPQ Post-Entry Review Group

The purpose of this group and its sub-groups has been to perform a comprehensive, systematic review of the PEQ Program. The groups have been in existence for about 2 years. PPQ is currently in the process of preparing a white paper to collectively compile what has been completed so far and determine the status of ongoing activities. Three of the six sub-groups have completed most or all of their assigned goals and objectives and are now participating in a reference capacity. Of the remaining three sub-groups, one is slated to complete many of its remaining tasks within about 6 months. The second is in the process of reestablishing as the leadership has changed. The third group completed many of its assigned goals; however, there are remaining tasks that need to move through the regulatory process and some items that are tied to the development of the ARM database, which is in the process and anticipated for final rollout in about 3 years). The white paper will help identify key issues, concerns, and recommendations so that these can be further considered and implemented by PPQ.

USDA APHIS PPQ Potato Wart Working Group

The purpose of this group is to review the current situation and available data with respect to the management of the pathogen causing Potato Wart (PW) on Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada and to recommend appropriate actions to prevent the spread of the pest within Canada and the United States. The goal of the Working Group (WG) will be to assess the current approach and if necessary, to make recommendations for new or revised regulatory or other approaches, that support appropriate phytosanitary security while minimizing negative impacts on trade.

USDA APHIS PPQ Quality Assurance Working Group (Ad-hoc)

The Quality Assurance Working Group is an ad-hoc group that helps PPQ conduct a full quality assurance review of one to two programs each year. In FY 2011, PPQ anticipates conducting one review (program to be determined).

NPB representatives “to be determined” based on which program will be reviewed.

USDA APHIS PPQ Farm Bill Planning Group

The purpose of the group is to review the Farm Bill Section 10201 submissions and prioritize the benefits and costs of the projects in order to develop a spending plan. The group meets once a year.


Tries to meet monthly to discuss weed issues.  Al Tasker, APHIS Weed Coordinator, is the team leader (301-734-5708).


USDA FS Forest Health Technology Enterprise Team Steering Committee

Chair: Frank Sapio, Fort Collins, CO, 970.295.5840

  • Alternate: VACANT

Critical Infrastructure Partnership Advisory Council, Government Coordinating Council

The Critical Infrastructure Partnership Advisory Council (CIPAC) of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) represents a partnership between government and critical infrastructure/key resource (CI/KR) owners and operators and provides a forum in which they can engage in a broad spectrum of activities to support and coordinate critical infrastructure protection. Food and Agriculture is one of 16 sectors represented in CIPAC. Within each sector, members comprise the Sector Coordinating Council (SCC), representing private enterprise, or the Government Coordinating Council (GCC), representing state, federal or tribal government agencies. The National Plant Board is represented by one member on the GCC of the Food and Agriculture Sector. CoChair: David Kaplan, PPQ

USDA APHIS PPQ/NPB Interagency Relations Committee

Formed to improve communication of relevant information between Plant Protection and Quarantine and the National Plant Board, and to strengthen the State-Federal relationship.

Interagency Gypsy Moth Working Group

Cross-organizational group will work with APHIS and other Gypsy Moth Program partners to expore and refine a standard based approach to federal regulation of logs from gypsy moth quarantined areas.

NAPPO Expert Work Groups

NAPPO nominates experts from the North American region to participate in expert working groups of the FAO, mainly in the development of ISPMs.

  • Michael Cooper, ID (WPB) “Seeds” Expert Work Group
  • Greg Hodges, FL (SPB) “Citrus” Expert Work Group
  • VACANT, “Forestry” Expert Work Group
  • Margaret Kelly, NY (EPB) “RSMP 18” Expert Work Group

National Gypsy Moth Management Board

The purpose of the group is to assist in reviewing and coordinating gypsy moth activities in the United States, to make recommendations to the USDA, State Agencies and private organizations, particularly regarding development and implementation of IPM programs for gypsy moth and the eradication of isolated infestations, to conduct educational programs, and to act as a focal point for nationwide concerns about gypsy moth. This board has not been active in the past year and is utilized on an as needed basis.

  • Carl Harper, Chair (KY)
  • Melody Walker, Vice Chair (WI)
  • Don Eggen, Ex-Officio (PA)
  • Nancy Johnson, Secretary/Treasurer (IL)
  • David Adkins, Director At Large (OH)
  • Chris Elder, Director at Large (NC)
  • John Kyhl, Member, State & Private (MN)
  • Bill McNee, Director at Large (WI)
  • Ksenia Onufrieva, Member – Research
  • Sarah Phipps, Director at Large (MO)
  • David Schumacher, Member – Industry (PA)

National Invasive Species Council, Invasive Species Advisory Committee (ISAC)

Executive Order 13112 calls for the creation of a Federal Advisory Committee to provide information and advice for consideration by the NISC. The Advisory Committee is composed of stakeholders from state organizations, industry, conservation groups, scientists, academia and other interests.

  • No NPB Representative

NSHS Policy and Procedures Advisory Board

This group meets once a year, usually in conjunction with the American Seed Trade Association meeting. They also have conference calls throughout the year as needed. The group provides insights into the National Seed Health System (an APHIS-led organization) on policy and operational decisions regarding seed health export issues. This group plans to keep meeting into the foreseeable future. Other members of the group include APHIS and ASTA members, Association of Official Seed Analysts (AOSA), and Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies (AOSCA).

Pollinator Issues Workgroup

Advise and develop policy recommendations for the NPB leadership on pollinator issues

Systems Approach to Nursery Certification (SANC)

Purpose: To evaluate the findings of audit-based certification studies funded under the Farm Bill; and to determine the feasibility of developing and harmonizing national standards for a voluntary audit-based nursery certification program. Leads: Dana Rhodes PA, and Scott Pfister PPQ

Please visit the SANC Website,

Committee documents:
Report to APHIS on the National Voluntary Audit-Based Systems Approach to Nursery Certification Project 2011

SANC PowerPoint (updated April 9, 2012)

Evaluation of the USDA/APHIS United States Nursery Certification Program (USNCP)

National Plant Board ABC – Survey Summary March 2011

Technical Advisory Group for Biological Control of Weeds (TAGBCW)

The TAGBCW consists of representatives of various U.S. Federal agencies, the Federal Governments of Mexico and Canada (Ad Hoc members), and one representative of state government. The inter-agency TAGBCW was created in 1957 and is currently chaired by a TAGBCW member from the Army Corps of Engineers. The primary purpose of the TAGBCW is to provide guidance to the biological control researchers. The TAGBCW reviews petitions from biological control researchers and provides recommendations, to PPQ permitting program for a “first-time” release of biological control agents of weeds.

Work Completed:

Chilli Thrips (Scirtothrips dorsalis) Interagency Working Group

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Pest Information Platform for Extension and Education (PIPE) Steering Committee

APHIS and CBP Agricultural Quarantine Inspection (AQI) Partnership Council

USDA APHIS BRS State Inspection Program Steering Committee

USDA APHIS PPQ LBAM Nursery Trapping Requirement Review Committee

USDA APHIS PPQ Plant Health Programs Permitting Board of Advisors

APHIS and CBP Agricultural Quarantine Inspection (AQI) Partnership Council

State National Harmonization Plan (SNHP)/Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Technical Working Group

Seed Potato MOU Quality Manual Review Committee

USDA APHIS BRS Cooperative Agreement Model/Template Development Working Group

USDA APHIS BRS Key Electronic Data Management Issues (i.e.E-Permits) Working Group

National Plant Health Emergency Framework Committee

National Firewood Task Force
National Firewood Task Force Recommendations (March 2010)
NPB Policy Statement Regarding Organizational Support for Recommendations Developed by the National Firewood Task Force (NPB-2010-01), (September 30, 2010)

USDA APHIS PPQ BRS Developing Regulating GMO Educational Materials Working Group

USDA APHIS PPQ BRS Directory Contact List Working Group

USDA APHIS PPQ BRS Permit Concurrence Committee

USDA APHIS PPQ BRS Regulatory Process Training Development Working Group

USDA APHIS PPQ Center for Plant Health Science and Technology (CPHST) Board of Directors

USDA APHIS PPQ CPHST National Plant Protection Laboratory Accreditation Program (NPPLAP) Committee

USDA APHIS PPQ Compliance Agreement Committee

USDA APHIS PPQ Official Control Working Group

USDA APHIS PPQ R-5 Technical Task Force

USDA APHIS PPQ Soybean Rust Technical Committee

USDA National CAPS Advisory Group

National Seed Health System (NSHS) Program Review NPB/USDA Joint National Seed Health System Review: Report and Recommendations, December 30, 2010

Phytophthora ramorum BMP Steering Committee


Last Modified: April 2017