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Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Plant Industry

What is the purpose of the division?

The Division of Plant Industry detects, intercepts, and controls plant and honey bee pests that threaten Florida's native and commercially grown plants and agricultural resources.

How is the division organized?

The division is organized into five bureaus. 
  • Bureau of Citrus Budwood Registration administers a program to assist growers and nurserymen in producing trees that are believed to be free of virus and bud-transmissible diseases.
  • Bureau of Entomology, Nematology, and Plant Pathology identifies plant pests and diseases from soil and plant samples sent in by inspectors and Florida citizens. The bureau maintains a library and a collection of specimens.
  • Bureau of Methods Development and Biological Control investigates and implements new methods for the detection, control, and eradication of plant and honeybee pests. The bureau is also involved in chemical control methods, biological control activities, sterile insect technique (SIT), quality control environmental concerns, and irradiation.
  • Bureau of Plant and Apiary Inspection is responsible for protecting Florida's agricultural industry and the public from the introduction and spread of serious plant and apiary pests. The bureau is composed of a plant inspection section and an apiary inspection section. The bureau enforces state laws and departmental rules pertaining to the movement of plants, plant products, honeybees, and beekeeping equipment. The bureau also conducts routine surveys for the early detection of plant and apiary pests.
  • Bureau of Pest Eradication and Control responds to the introduction into Florida of any plant pest or disease of economic significance for the purpose of regulating the movement of or initiating control or eradication measures against such pests.

What are some of the measures of division activity?

Each year, the division responds to the discovery of new pests and diseases as well as the recurrence of old ones. In Fiscal Year 2019-2020 the division made efforts to respond to lychee mite, tomato brown rugose fruit virus, citrus black spot and citrus greening disease.  There were over 1.3 million plant pest and disease identifications made by the division's diagnostic sections.

  • The division conducted over 51,800 plant, fruit fly trap, and honeybee inspections in Fiscal Year 2019-2020.
  • The division surveyed over 220,000 commercial citrus acres for citrus diseases in Fiscal Year 2019-2020.
  • In addition, the division certified 827,271 cartons of citrus, and 69,952 cartons of carambola as Caribbean fruit fly free for export.
  • The division reared and released over 3.5 million biological control agents in Fiscal Year 2018-19 to combat multiple invasive plants and arthropods. Also, during the same time over 3.7 billion sterile Mediterranean fruit flies were released in areas of Florida where introduction is high risk.

How are these activities funded?

Fiscal Year: 2020-21
Fund Salary Rate/ Position General Revenue Trust Funds
SALARY RATE
POSITIONS
SALARIES AND BENEFITS
FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
FROM CITRUS INSPECTION TRUST FUND
FROM FEDERAL GRANTS TRUST FUND
FROM AGRICULTURAL EMERGENCY ERADICATION TRUST FUND
FROM PLANT INDUSTRY TRUST FUND
OTHER PERSONAL SERVICES
FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
FROM CITRUS INSPECTION TRUST FUND
FROM FEDERAL GRANTS TRUST FUND
FROM AGRICULTURAL EMERGENCY ERADICATION TRUST FUND
FROM PLANT INDUSTRY TRUST FUND
EXPENSES
FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
FROM CITRUS INSPECTION TRUST FUND
FROM FEDERAL GRANTS TRUST FUND
FROM AGRICULTURAL EMERGENCY ERADICATION TRUST FUND
FROM PLANT INDUSTRY TRUST FUND
OPERATING CAPITAL OUTLAY
FROM FEDERAL GRANTS TRUST FUND
FROM PLANT INDUSTRY TRUST FUND
SPECIAL CATEGORIES
ACQUISITION OF MOTOR VEHICLES
FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
FROM FEDERAL GRANTS TRUST FUND
FROM AGRICULTURAL EMERGENCY ERADICATION TRUST FUND
SPECIAL CATEGORIES
AGRICULTURAL EMERGENCIES (MEDFLY PROGRAM)
FROM AGRICULTURAL EMERGENCY ERADICATION TRUST FUND
SPECIAL CATEGORIES
GRANTS AND AIDS - BOLL WEEVIL ERADICATION
FROM PLANT INDUSTRY TRUST FUND
SPECIAL CATEGORIES
APIARIAN INDEMNITIES
FROM AGRICULTURAL EMERGENCY ERADICATION TRUST FUND
SPECIAL CATEGORIES
ENDANGERED PLANT SPECIES
FROM LAND ACQUISITION TRUST FUND
SPECIAL CATEGORIES
TRANSFER TO AGRICULTURAL EMERGENCY ERADICATION TRUST FUND
FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
SPECIAL CATEGORIES
CITRUS HEALTH RESPONSE PROGRAM
FROM FEDERAL GRANTS TRUST FUND
FROM AGRICULTURAL EMERGENCY ERADICATION TRUST FUND
SPECIAL CATEGORIES
PLANT PEST AND DISEASE CONTROL
FROM FEDERAL GRANTS TRUST FUND
SPECIAL CATEGORIES
CONTRACTED SERVICES
FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
FROM CITRUS INSPECTION TRUST FUND
FROM FEDERAL GRANTS TRUST FUND
FROM AGRICULTURAL EMERGENCY ERADICATION TRUST FUND
FROM PLANT INDUSTRY TRUST FUND
SPECIAL CATEGORIES
RISK MANAGEMENT INSURANCE
FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
FROM AGRICULTURAL EMERGENCY ERADICATION TRUST FUND
SPECIAL CATEGORIES
TRANSFER TO UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA/INSTITUTE OF FOOD AND AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES FOR INVASIVE EXOTICS QUARANTINE FACILITY
FROM PLANT INDUSTRY TRUST FUND
SPECIAL CATEGORIES
INVASIVE SPECIES CONTROL
FROM AGRICULTURAL EMERGENCY ERADICATION TRUST FUND
SPECIAL CATEGORIES
TRANSFER TO DEPARTMENT OF MANAGEMENT SERVICES - HUMAN RESOURCES SERVICES PURCHASED PER STATEWIDE CONTRACT
FROM GENERAL REVENUE FUND
FROM CITRUS INSPECTION TRUST FUND
FROM FEDERAL GRANTS TRUST FUND
FROM AGRICULTURAL EMERGENCY ERADICATION TRUST FUND
FROM PLANT INDUSTRY TRUST FUND
TOTAL
15,105,104
34,194,887

Updates

Use of Drones. The 2020 Legislature enacted Chapter 2020-94Laws of Florida,allowing the use of drones by a non-law enforcement employee of the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission or of the Florida Forest Service for the purposes of managing and eradicating invasive exotic plants or animals on public lands and suppressing or mitigating wildfire threats. 

Where can I find related OPPAGA reports?

A complete list of related OPPAGA reports is available on our website.

Where can I get more information?

Other Reports
Plant Industry Publications, Department of Agriculture, Division of Plant Industry.
Websites of Interest
U.S. Department of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Plants Database
Cooperative Agriculture Pest Survey Program
Performance Information
Performance measures and standards for the department may be found in its Long Range Program Plan.

What are the applicable statutes?

Chapters 581, 586, and 593, and ss. 20.14, 570.32, and 570.33, Florida Statutes.

Whom do I contact for help?

Division of Plant Industry, 1-888-397-1517

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