Tennessee Moving Toward Boxwood Blight Quarantine

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Tennessee has become the second state to pursue establishment of a quarantine to restrict movement of boxwood and Sarcococca that could be infected with boxwood blight. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture recently held a hearing to discuss the proposal.

Citing the significant risk to nursery production and landscapes, the quarantine was deemed necessary for protection. A phytosanitary certificate or compliance agreement will be required before boxwood or Sarcococca can be brought into the state. Furthermore, a plant must have the above credentials before it can be shipped from a quarantine area established in the state. The rule will likely go into effect in four to six months.

In 2016, Pennsylvania became the first state to enact a similar quarantine in response to boxwood blight. Plants produced under compliance agreements verifying that the Boxwood Blight best management practices are being followed, or under the Systems Approach to Nursery Certification (SANC), would comply.

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