The Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey (CAPS) is a combined effort by Federal and State agricultural organizations to conduct surveillance, detection, and monitoring of agricultural crop pests and biological control agents.
Survey targets include weeds, plant diseases, insects, nematodes, and other invertebrate organisms.
- Detect exotic pests before they can become well established
- Facilitate the export of U.S. Agricultural products
- Collect and manage survey data from PPQ cooperative programs
The CAPS program serves the public and private sectors by improving the quality and availability of pest information. The existing CAPS networks are committed to expanding utilization of pest data in support of an environmentally sound, competitive, and profitable American agricultural system.