The Division of Plant Industry is responsible for maintaining plant health by detecting and preventing the spread of diseases and harmful invasive species, promoting integrated pest management, regulating the sale of seed and fertilizers, and ensuring the health of honey bees. The Division conducts inspections of nurseries, orchards, greenhouses, saw mills, apiaries and transportation pathways to identify threats to the plant industry in New York State and has the authority to establish quarantine areas when warranted.
The Division also oversees the New York State Seed Testing Laboratory in Albany, which provides assurances to the agricultural community that seed used in production is healthy and robust.
Below are links to information regarding the Division's programs:
Industrial Hemp Agricultural Pilot Program
The NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets is seeking reliable research partners to conduct studies in the areas of food and fiber as part of New York State's Industrial Hemp Agricultural Research Pilot Program. The department is not currently accepting new applications for cannabinol-related research proposals.
Summary of Plant Industry Activities for Fiscal Year 2015-2016
Current Quarantines - The Division is currently responsible for four major quarantine programs. Two of these - Asian Longhorned Beetle and Plum Pox Virus - are also eradication programs and involve significant efforts in partnership with various state and federal agencies, municipalities and industry.
Division Programs and Information