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Division of Agriculture
Nursery Licensing, Inspection & Certification
235 Promenade Street
Providence, RI 02908-5767
(401) 222-2781 ext. 4516
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The Plant Industry Section is responsible for conducting statutory programs for the inspection and regulation of movement of plant materials to prevent, detect and control the spread of plant pests and noxious weeds. Included among these programs are: nursery and nursery stock dealer licensing, nursery inspection and certification, post entry plant quarantine, state and federal phytosanitary certification, permits to move live plant pests and noxious weeds, biological control facility permits, permits for transport and planting of Ribes spp. plants under the white pine blister rust quarantine regulations, Japanese beetle harmonization program, participating nursery certification, and agricultural burn permit inspections.
Nursery stock inspection provides the basis for certification and compliance with laws and regulations governing the movement of plants domestically and internationally. In addition, state phytosanitary certification is conducted for shipments of plants domestically, and federal phytosanitary certification allows international export of plant materials. Plant shipments that do not meet certification requirements of the destination state or country may be refused entry or require quarantine or treatment at the destination.
Specific permits are necessary to import specific plants, plant products, and organisms into the U.S. and across state borders. USDA APHIS Plant Protection and Quarantine requires permits for importation into and transit though the United States of plants and plant products; and the importation into, transit through, and interstate movement within the United States of plant pests (plant feeding insects, mites, snails, slugs, and plant pathogens), biological control organisms of plant pests and weeds, parasitic plants and Federally listed noxious weeds, and for the importation, interstate movement, or release of genetically engineered organisms considered to be regulated articles, under regulatory authorities. Movement into or within Rhode Island is prohibited for all Federal noxious weeds designated by USDA APHIS in 7CFR Part 360-Noxious Weed Regulations.
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