With their keen sense of smell, dogs can detect hidden agricultural products at an accuracy rate of more than 90 percent.
Every day, tens of thousands of parcels are shipped into California. Many of these parcels contain plant material that harbors invasive pests. The California Agricultural Detector Dog Team Program, funded by the Farm Bill, has prevented invasive pests from coming into our country through the mail. Dog teams sniff out packages that contain agricultural products. Their inspections protect agriculture from harmful pests that might go undetected by visual checks alone.