Horticultural Inspection Society
Southern Chapter (HIS-SC)
Systems Approach to Nursery Certification (SANC)
SANC - Interstate Inspection
We are planning the next Interstate Inspection. Information will be placed here as it becomes available. It is likely that it will be 2018 at this point when the next one will take place. Depending upon the logistics.
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”).