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More about Plant Health
The Unit of Plant Health falls under the Division of Animal and Plant Health and is Maine's plant regulatory agency, responsible for protecting the state's plant resources from the introduction and spread of regulated insects and diseases. The Unit provides technical information and support to agricultural producers in the state and also issues a number of licenses and permitsfor individuals to conduct certain business in the state.
The division accomplishes its mission through the activity of several major programs including:
Apiary Program (Honey Bee Licensing and Inspection)
CAPS Program (Cooperative Agriculture Pest Survey)
IPM Program (Integrated Pest Management)
Also, several staff members are authorized to issue Federal Phytosanitary Certificates for the export of plants and plant products to other countries. Some products certified recently for export include: feed barley and oats, seed potatoes, and vegetable seed. Many other products are inspected and certified for sale to other states. In addition, the Division has the authority to establish quarantines on plant pests.
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