Plant Pest and Agriculture Commodity Certification Act
The Kansas Plant Pest and Agriculture Commodity Certification Act was first enacted in 1907. This act serves four basic functions:
To protect the state from outbreaks of dangerous plant pests and diseases by locating plant pests and taking appropriate regulatory action when necessary
To provide for the licensing of live plant dealers
To provide for the inspection and certification of Kansas-produced commodities to facilitate shipments to domestic and international markets
To grant quarantine authority
This act authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to quarantine and treat or destroy infested or infected plants or plant products to prevent the movement of dangerous plant pests into, or spread within, Kansas.
In addition to protecting the state’s plant resources from unintentional or accidental introduction of plant pests, the authority provided in this law will assist in the state’s homeland security effort to detect, identify, and respond to bioterrorism activities involving plant pests that may be intentionally introduced into the state.
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