The Horticultural Inspection Society (H.I.S.) is an organization of inspectors, laboratory and field personnel who regulate plant movement to prevent the spread of plant pests and disease. These individuals enforce laws and regulations for their state agencies which deal with pest prevention. These agencies are usually found within the state's Department of Agriculture or University. Thirteen states and one territory belong to the Southern Chapter.

Southern Chapter HIS Annual Meeting and In-Service Training 2023 is here!

The 2023 meeting is here!  September 18-21, 2023 in McMinnville, Tennessee.

McMinville’s nickname is “Nursery Capital of the World”, and is the hub of a 5 county area with more than 300 nurseries in the area.  This is the best place in the country to see nursery production on a commercial scale.  The TSU Nursery Research Center focuses on insect and disease solutions, as well as support for disease-resistant cultivar development, and cultural practices in support of the nursery industry.

Meeting Site:  

Tennessee State University

Otis Floyd Nursery Research Center

472 Cadillac Lane

McMinnville, TN  37112

Lodging will be at the Hampton Inn in McMinnville, located 5 minutes from the meeting site.

Conference lodging rate is $109.00 per night, and we have 40 rooms reserved.  

Rachel Carswell assisted with the contract.

Link to make reservations is:  


We look forward to you coming in 2023!  Make plans now!


Purpose of the HIS-Southern Chapter

The purpose of the HIS-Southern Chapter, as stated in its constitution:

To promote high standards of inspection work;

To combine and share expertise, knowledge, experience and training among plant pest inspectors and increase professionalism;

To provide a means of furthering fellowship among plant pest inspectors and allied workers;

To provide a means of disseminating information particularly pertinent to plant pest inspection work.


2021 National HIS Meeting

We had the first ever virtual National HIS meeting for all inspectors in each chapter!  Thank you to those that participated and hosted.  Let's do this again!

Membership Drive!

Dear Colleague,

 I invite you to join now and benefit from membership in the Horticultural Inspection Society - Southern Chapter (HISSC).  Membership in HISSC permits attending our annual training meeting.  This year the annual HISSC conference will be in Kentucky.  Members receive our newsletter, HISSC Informer, and HISSC members can take advantage of our scholarships (Tavo Good Spirit Award, Beverly Bewley Award), offered on our website. 

More Reasons To Join


Check out our most current newsletter:

The HISSC Informer

Updated November 13, 2023

Click the link to see this one and all past information!

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 Member States

Alabama – Arkansas – Florida – Georgia – Kentucky – Louisiana – Mississippi - North Carolina – Oklahoma – Puerto Rico – South Carolina – Tennessee – Texas - Virginia

You can access this site by typing in www.hissc.org and it will automatically take you to this page!