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The mission of the Plant Industry Division is to ensure seed and fertilizer and other soil additives offered for sale in North Carolina meet prescribed standards and are truthfully labeled, to protect the state's agriculture and natural environment from introduced plant pests, including insects, diseases and noxious weeds, and to enhance and protect our state's endangered and threatened plants.

Welcome to the NCDA&CS-Plant Industry Division

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    Seed Lab staff conduct purity tests on crops to determine percent crop seed, other crop seed, weed seed and inert.
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    Seed Lab staff conduct germination tests on crops to determine the percent viable seed.
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    Seed Lab staff prepare for germination tests by planting seed on rolled towels for future evaluation.
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    Seed samples received by lab staff are registered and tracked during the testing process.

NC Apiary Notifications

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services works to assist NC Beekeepers by providing advance notice of aerial pesticide applications. Beekeepers may register their apiary location to receive this information. Notification will take place when aerial applications occur using pesticides that carry a warning label with toxicity to bees. These notifications will occur when applications are within one-half mile of a registered apiary. If you would like to register your apiary, please complete the form found here.

Plant Pest Quarantines

Click here to see county by county quarantine information regarding the regulated status of imported fire ant, witchweed and other noxious weeds, gypsy moth, and emerald ash borer.

Pest Alerts

Click here to learn more about the emerging pests in North Carolina and surrounding states.

Plant Industry Field Services



Plant Industry Highlights

Annual Summary of Activities, Fertilizer, and Lime Reports

Boxwood Blight Compliance Program

Two-year survey for sweet potato weevil has begun in Brunswick and New Hanover Counties

UPDATE July 2015: Durham, Graham, Johnston, Orange, and Wilson counties added to the emerald ash borer quarantine area

June 2015: Franklin and Wake Counties join EAB quarantine area which also includes Granville, Person, Vance, Warren, and Wayne counties

EAB Quarantine & Compliance Agreements FAQ

Expanded Quarantine Areas
for Imported Fire Ant

Internal and External Quarantines for the sweet potato weevil


Reporting Invasive Species
To report an invasive species, please phone our toll-free number at
1-800-206-9333 or report by email:


Plant Indust Printable Brochure
Download the Plant Industry Division brochure highlighting the various programs and services offered by the Plant Industry Division.



NCDA&CS Plant Industry Division, Vernon Cox - Director
Mailing Address: 1060 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1060
Physical Address: 216 West Jones Street, Raleigh NC 27603
Phone:(919) 707-3730 | FAX: (919) 733-1041