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 2022

Kentucky is hosting the Southern Chapter HIS Meeting in 2022! It WILL be in person then. COVID has caused issues these past 2 years but we will offer the meeting at The Galt House in Louisville, KY.

The Galt House overlooks the waterfront from the heart of downtown. Located on 4th & Main, the Galt House is located in the heart of the business community, museum district, cultural center and Urban Bourbon Trail. In fact, it is the largest hotel in Kentucky with a rich history that dates back to the 1800s. Today, the world-class hotel features 1,310 contemporary guest rooms and suites.

Within walking distance of the hotel are many attractions; including the KFC Yum! Center, Fourth Street Live!, Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, Actors Theatre, the Muhammad Ali Center, and Whiskey and Museum Rows — some of which are connected to the Galt House Hotel by pedway. You can also make a splash by visiting local distilleries — just a shot away from the Galt House Hotel!

We look forward to you coming in 2022! Make plans for the week of September 26 - 29, 2022. The hotel will be at the prevailing government per diem rate for September 2022. You must reserve your room by September 5, 2022.

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.


Please make plans for the Southern Chapter HIS meeting for 2022! We plan to have our annual meeting in Louisville, KY this year.

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!

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 July 27, 2022

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Member States

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

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