Horticultural Inspection Society
Southern Chapter (HIS-SC)

Interstate Inspection
Systems Approach to Nursery Certification (SANC)
SANC - Interstate Inspection   

Hello Everyone,

This year, Arkansas will be hosting the 20th Annual Horticulture Inspection Society Southern Chapter (HISSC) meeting. We are proud to announce that the 2018 meeting will be held in Rogers, Arkansas at the Country Inn and Suites located at 4304 W. Walnut Street.

The Country Inn and Suites is newly renovated with all the latest accommodations. The hotel features an indoor pool and hot tub, a 24/7 fitness center, a 24 hour business center, free Wi-Fi, and complimentary hot breakfast. The hotel also features a newly remodeled Meeting Room that will be used for the 2018 HISSC meeting. The website is in the process of being updated with photos of the renovations. All of the pictures on the website’s main page were taken pre-renovation. Recent photos of the renovation can be found under the photo gallery tab on the website: https://www.countryinns.com/rogers-hotel-ar-72756/arbenton.

The 2018 HISSC Meeting will take place September 11th & 12th. There will be a SANC Interstate Nursery event at Greenleaf Nursery on September 13th near Tahlequah, Oklahoma. The travel days will be on Monday, September 10th and Friday, September 14th.

The 11th and 12th will be overflowing with enlightening discussions and educational opportunities provided to you by speakers from the University of Arkansas Plant Pathology team, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U of A Extension team, SANC representatives, and many others. I will be sending a more detailed agenda in the coming weeks.

We are also working on scheduling a guided tour of the trails at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art: https://crystalbridges.org/about/. The trails display a variety of native and non-native plant species, as well as remarkable art structures integrated into the unique Ozark Mountain environment.

On the 13th, we will spend a full day visiting Greenleaf Nursery. We plan to take guided tour and discuss and explore SANC from both the point of view of the nursery as well as that of the inspector. We will be providing more details as we continue to work out the agenda with Greenleaf.

The 2018 HISSC Meeting is shaping up to be a unique training opportunity. By combining our annual meeting with SANC, we hope to take the information and techniques that we learn in the classroom setting and apply it directly in the field while visiting Greenleaf.

I am still continuing to work on getting a tentative schedule ready. I will have updates ready within the next few weeks.

It is our absolute pleasure to host the 20th Annual HISSC Meeting and we cannot wait to see everyone there!


Jayla Ritchie-AR
Vice President of HISSC

HISSC Interstate Inspection Goals

The goal of the Interstate Inspection is to help inspectors in the Southern region harmonize the way they currently do certification inspections in their states. We will introduce system approaches to certification by looking at critical control points, the best management practices the nursery has implemented or needs to implement to prevent plant pests from being introduced into the nursery, and mitigating the ones that do appear from time to time through surveillance and treatments.
We understand that the SANC guidelines are in an early stage of development, and will still be incomplete in June when we conduct our Interstate Inspection. With this in mind, HISSC plans to use this Interstate Inspection opportunity to model the current SANC guidelines with the full participation of a progressive grower. This will provide timely feedback from both inspectors and industry. 

Expected results include an evaluation of:

* Adaptability of the guidelines to a specific nursery operation's crop species, geographic and shipping profile.

*Clarity of the guidelines for growers and inspectors. Are the guidelines specific enough to allow for a clear path to evaluation?

*Individual modules for boxwood blight, imported fire ant, light brown apple moth

*Documentation requirements for audit inspections. Types of documentation needed, and the extent of that documentation.

* Areas in the SANC guidelines needing further refinement before SANC is piloted in each region. Each component will benefit from being field-tested by inspectors, growers, and supervisors. 

* Compare and contrast with current certification system (Tennessee's “Regulations Governing Nurseries, Dealers, and Agents”).