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 2021

A message from the HISSC President:

The board has decided to postpone our 2021 HIS-SC meeting.

This decision was not made lightly, but when we discussed the expenses related to the unknowns involving COVID and worrying about the possible spreading of the virus by people from different states coming together, we felt like the right thing to do was postpone.

It has been exhausting to try to plan a quality meeting with COVID numbers increasing, speakers backing out because of health concerns, tours no longer being available, etc.

I would like to personally think the current HIS-SC board; countless hours have gone on behind the scenes in planning this meeting and navigating this meeting and the past two years through COVID. This is hands down one of the best boards I have ever had the opportunity to be a part of.

We are not sure what is next, we are looking at dates in September 2022, and also brainstorming about hosting an interstate inspection in the spring, and other ideas to stay true to our purpose (which I’ve included at the bottom of this email).

If you have questions, ideas, or suggestions, please let me know! Here’s hoping for a safe in-person meeting sometime in the near future.


Michelle Shooter

HIS-SC President

North Carolina

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


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The HISSC Informer

Updated September 8, 2021

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