Who are First Detectors?

This growing team of individuals, equipped to notice and report pests and pathogens, includes over 17,000 people across the country. Most First Detectors are in positions to notice unusual outbreaks or pest symptoms through roles as cooperative extension county educators, crop consultants, pesticide applicators, growers, master gardeners, master naturalists, industry representatives, NRCS conservationists, and other agricultural professionals. By completing NPDN First Detector training either online or through in-person events, they have honed their pest detection skills. 


Why be a First Detector?

Our agricultural and ornamental industries, crop biosecurity, and natural ecosystems can be threatened by invasive pests and diseases that affect plants. To protect our ecosystems, economy, and personal wellbeing, we need as many people as possible monitoring for these significant pests and diseases.