The VT Agency of Agriculture's Vector Surveillance Program and Plant Industry are part of the agency's Environmental Surveillance Program (ESP). The ESP conducts statewide environmental surveillance as it relates to public health associated with agriculture and plant industry in the state of Vermont.
Contact: Patti Casey, Environmental Surveillance Program Manager
Office: 828-3473, Cell: 522-6858
- The Vector Surveillance Program tracks vector (disease-carrying) populations of mosquitoes and ticks statewide through several programs.
Contact: Eliza Doncaster, Vector Management Coordinator
- Plant Industry (PI) is home to the Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey Program, which conducts surveillance for and responsive managment of federally regulated invasive pests such as the Emerald Ash Borer, Asian longhorned Beetle, and Spotted Lantern fly. PI also inspects and certifies harvested ginseng, seed potatoes, Christmas trees, and plant nurseries. PI staff are authorized to issue state and federal phytosanitary certificates for certain plant commodities.
Contact: Emilie Inoue, Pest Survey Coordinator
- Our State Entomologist identifies pests, answers questions, and educates the public on issues such as bed bugs, tent caterpillars, and other pests, as well as coordinating with the Pest Survey Program.
Contact: Judy Rosovsky, State Entomologist