Plant Pest Detection and Nursery Certification Programs

One of the missions of the Department of Plant Industry is to protect South Carolina's agricultural resources and natural ecosystems from the introduction and spread of plant and honey bee pests and invasive species.

We have several regulatory programs to accomplish this goal:

Nursery and Dealer Licensing Program

Movement of nursery stock is regulated by every state and foreign country. Under South Carolina law, any person engaged in the production or collection of nursery stock for sale or distribution must be a licensed nurserymen. Nurseries must be both certified and registered in order to receive a SC Nursery License.

Invasive and Exotic Species Program

DPI strives to protect South Carolina's agriculture and natural resources through collaborative surveys and outreach programs on invasive plant pests. The most effective way to guard against threatening pests is through early detection and rapid response programs with the cooperation of the public.

Plant Problem Clinic

The Clemson University Plant Problem Clinic provides diagnoses and management recommendations for plant problems, which include diseases, nematodes, weeds, and insect pests of plants. The PPC receives both residential and commercial samples directly and through county extension offices.

Molecular Plant Pathogen Detection Lab

The Molecular Plant Pathogen Detection Lab utilizes molecular techniques to identify plant pathogens. Samples can be submitted through the PPC for diagnosis.

Honey Bee Program

DPI inspects apiaries throughout South Carolina to ensure hive health and proper management.  Data is collected in collaboration with the USDA's National Honey Bee Survey. More information coming soon!

511 Westinghouse Road
Pendleton, SC 29670
Phone: 864-646-2140
Fax: 864-646-2178 or 864-646-2179

SC Regulated Plant Pest List

Find out more about the Benghal dayflower survey!

 BDF State Survey


Crop Pest Act (html)

Nursery Regulations (PDF)

Nursery Registration and Fees (html)

Neglected or Abandoned Orchard Act (html)

Honey Bees Act (html)