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
Agricultural Cooperatives - Letters of Interest
The NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets is seeking letters of interest from agricultural cooperatives to participate in the State's Industrial Hemp Agricultural Research Pilot Program. The Department is encouraging all new and existing agricultural cooperatives that have considered entering into the industrial hemp industry to capitalize on this growing agricultural and industrial sector. Letters of interest from agricultural cooperatives wishing to participate in the industrial hemp research program must be submitted to the Department at firstname.lastname@example.org by June 6, 2019.
Letters should provide information demonstrating the feasibility of growing, processing, and producing industrial hemp or hemp products under a farm-owned business structure.
Industrial Hemp Gower Applications
Summary of Plant Industry Activities for Fiscal Year 2015-2016
New York State is accepting grower applications from individuals and businesses for the Industrial Hemp Agricultural Research Pilot Program. Applications for future research partners can be submitted in the areas of grain, fiber, and Cannabidiol (CBD). The Department is not accepting CBD processor applications at this time.
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