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Revised plant shipping rules lower regulatory burden

Posted By Beth Farmer, Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Revised USDA plant shipping regulations that are designed to combat the spread of Phytophthora ramorum took effect on Monday, March 31. As a result, nurseries in regulated counties are no longer subject to inspection, sampling and certification requirements, unless the pathogen has been detected at that nursery in the last three years.

"The new regulation is a significant victory for Oregon nurseries, and one that we fought hard for," OAN Executive Director Jeff Stone said. "The initial regulation placed all West Coast nurseries under strict notification requirements, regardless of what they were shipping. The next iteration narrowed it down to certain genera most susceptible to the pathogen, but still treated all West Coast nurseries as if they were infected. This new order finally gets it right. It removes trade barriers, levels the playing field, and helps the small number of nurseries with a disease issue to get it properly fixed."

Nurseries in the 14 quarantined counties in California, and Curry County, Oregon, remain under stricter requirements, due to the pathogen's presence in the wild in these areas.

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