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Subject 40-4-7 REGULATIONS FOR THE MOVEMENT OF VEGETABLE TRANSPLANTS INTO GEORGIA

Rule 40-4-7-.01 Primary Rule

(1) Vegetable transplants may be moved into the State of Georgia only if in compliance with the regulations established in this chapter.
(2) For the purposes of this Rule, "Vegetable Transplant" means any plant for planting, including but not limited to members of the Alliaceae family (leek, onion, etc.), Asteraceae family (lettuce), Brassicaceae family (broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, etc.), Cucurbitaceae family (cantaloupe, squash, watermelon, etc.), Malvaceae family (okra) and Solanaceae family (eggplant, pepper, tobacco, tomato etc.) where the fruit or vegetative part will be consumed for food.

Rule 40-4-7-.02 Plant Pests Regulated

(1) Vegetable transplants must be free from aphids, leaf miners, thrips, whiteflies, and other leaf or sap feeding insects.
(2) Vegetable transplants must be free from diseases, including but not limited to, Late Blight (Phytophthora infestans), bacterial fruit blotch of cucurbits (Acidovorax avenae subsp. citrulli), black rot of cabbage (Xanthomonas campestris pv. campestris), downy mildew of brassicas and (Peronospora parasitica), downy mildew of cucurbits (Pseudoperonospora cubensis), cucurbit yellow stunting disorder virus, cucurbit leaf crumple virus, squash leaf curl begomovirus and other geminiviruses, closteroviruses or other Bemisia species whitefly or other insect vectored diseases determined by the Commissioner of Agriculture to be detrimental to vegetable or fruit production in Georgia.
(3) The Commissioner of Agriculture or his agent may order transplants to be quarantined or destroyed if the transplants are believed to be or if they exhibit signs or symptoms of insect infestation or infection with a plant disease.

Rule 40-4-7-.03 Area Under Regulation

All states. Additional restrictions apply to states known to be infested with cucurbit yellow stunting disorder virus, cucurbit leaf crumple virus, squash leaf curl begomovirus or other viruses determined to be detrimental to vegetable or fruit production in Georgia.

Rule 40-4-7-.04 Commodities Covered

All vegetable transplants.

Rule 40-4-7-.05 Restrictions

(1) All vegetable transplants moved into Georgia must be regularly inspected during the growing season and be certified free of the plant pests noted above by the Plant Protection Official of the state of origin. The last inspection must be made no more than three days prior to pulling or shipment.
(a) All vegetable transplants must have been treated during the growing season with appropriate Federal and Stated registered pesticides approved by the Plant Protection Official of the state of origin to control insect, bacterial and fungal plant pests. In addition all vegetable transplants must be treated with an insecticide approved by the Commissioner according to label directions for control of whiteflies and other sap feeding insects.
(b) All vegetable transplants must be packed at the farm on which they were produced, and labeled to show the name and address of the producer.
(c) All vegetable transplants must be accompanied by Required Certification.
(2) Additional Restrictions for the states of Arizona, California, Florida, and Texas, or any other state where cucurbit yellow stunting disorder virus, cucurbit leaf crumple virus or squash leaf curl begomovirus are known to be established:
(a) Vegetable transplants must be free from pests listed in Sections 40-4-7.02 above.
(b) Field grown onions (Alliaceae family) from the states of Arizona, California, Florida or Texas will be eligible for entry into Georgia if shipper provides the following information in writing to the Georgia Department of Agriculture in advance of shipment:
a. Destination of transplants.
b. Quantity of shipment.
c. Variety(ies) shipped.
(c) Field grown vegetable transplants other than onion transplants (Alliaceae family) are not eligible for shipment into the State of Georgia.
(d) Screenhouse or Greenhouses must be maintained in such manner as to prevent entry of whiteflies.
(e) Screenhouse or Greenhouse grown vegetable transplants will not be accepted if Bemisia species whiteflies are detected on the plants during the growing season.
(f) Vegetable transplants must be visually inspected for freedom of disease symptoms, aphids, leaf miners, thrips, whiteflies, and other leaf or sap feeding insects at least once per week.
(g) Sticky traps must be installed in the screenhouse or greenhouse and monitored at least on a weekly basis. Minimum trapping rates will be two (2) 8 x 12 inch yellow sticky board traps per screenhouse or greenhouse.

Rule 40-4-7-.06 Certified Organic Vegetable Transplants

(1) Vegetable transplants that are certified under the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Organic Program are permitted entry into Georgia provided that:
(a) the vegetable transplants were grown in a greenhouse maintained in such manner as to prevent entry of whiteflies and other sap feeding insects;
(b) whiteflies were not detected on the plants during the growing season;
(c) the vegetable transplants were visually inspected for freedom of disease symptoms, aphids, leaf miners, thrips, whiteflies, and other leaf or sap feeding insects at least once per week during the growing season; and
(d) sticky traps were installed in the greenhouse and monitored at least on a weekly basis. Minimum trapping rates will be two (2) 8 x 12 inch yellow sticky board traps per greenhouse.

Rule 40-4-7-.07 Required Certification

(1) All vegetable transplants must be accompanied by an official certificate of inspection issued by the Plant Protection Official of the state of origin certifying compliance with these regulations and restrictions.
(2) Vegetable transplants which are not accompanied by an official certificate of inspection or found to be in violation of these rules will be subject to confiscation and/or destruction without further notice or compensation.
(3) Prior notification of regulated commodity shipment is required for the states of Arizona, California, Florida and Texas, or any other state where cucurbit yellow stunting disorder virus, cucurbit leaf crumple virus or squash leaf curl begomovirus are known to be established. The shipper shall send by mail or facsimile a copy of the certificate of inspection or State Phytosanitary Certificate to: Vegetable Transplant Inspection/Certification Program, Plant Protection Division, Georgia Department of Agriculture, P. O. Box 114, Tifton, Georgia 31793; facsimile 229-386-7052.

Rule 40-4-7-.08 Penalties

Any person organization or business that violates the provisions of this Chapter or who interferes with or obstructs an agent of the Commissioner shall be guilty of a misdemeanor upon conviction thereof, and shall be punished by a fine of no more than $1000 and/or one year in jail.