ANLA addresses National Plant Board on industry issues

The American Nursery & Landscape Association (ANLA) recently briefed the National Plant Board on a range of green industry issues and concerns at its meeting in Duluth, Minn. The National Plant Board is an organization of state plant health regulatory officials responsible for nursery licensing, certification, quarantines and other pest prevention efforts.

The Plant Board helps bring about consistency and cooperation across state lines. Nursery and greenhouse growers, retailers and landscape firms benefit from these efforts, which help to ensure a “level playing field” in the national marketplace. This is important to maintaining a smooth flow of plant material from sellers to buyers.

ANLA’s remarks to the National Plant Board focused on topics such as the proposal to place part of USDA’s Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service in the new Department of Homeland Security; the Nursery & Floriculture Research Initiative; invasive plant iniatives; and numerous specific pest problems including emerald ash borer, sudden oak death and geranium clean stock programs for bacterial pests.

“The expected reorganization of APHIS concerns both ANLA and the Plant Board,” ANLA Senior Director of Government Relations Craig Regelbrugge said. Pending legislation and Bush administration proposals could disrupt efforts to protect agricultural and natural plant resources from foreign pests and diseases. “ANLA and other concerned organizations must continue their efforts to ensure that disruptions are minimized, and opportunities are seized, during the upcoming transition” Regelbrugge added.

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