The Rodenticide Surcharge Program (Assembly Bill 2776) established an advisory committee, the Vertebrate Pest Control Research Advisory Committee (VPCRAC), consisting of one representative from each of the following: CDFA, the California Agricultural Commissioners and Sealers Association, the University of California, the California State University, the California Department of Public Health, and a public member. Five representatives from the agricultural industry, representing commodities affected by vertebrate pests, are also on the advisory committee.
VPCRAC prioritizes research needs regarding vertebrate pest control projects, issues periodic calls for research proposals, reviews and recommends funding for the research proposals received, monitors the progress of funded research, and advises the Secretary on emerging needs and priorities.
VPCRAC meets biannually. Committee minutes are available for viewing below: