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Plant Quality Programs

One way the Texas Department of Agriculture protects consumers and the plant industry is by regulating agricultural products through nursery/floral licensing, phytosanitary inspection of plant products, quarantine enforcement and pest monitoring. Our Plant Quality Programs facilitate plant commerce through phytosanitary certification of commodities to other states and countries in cooperation with their agricultural agencies, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and USDA Plant Protection and Quarantine.

Another key part of protecting Texas agriculture is the operation of inspection stations on the major roadways into Texas. At these roadstations, TDA inspectors physically examine inbound agricultural products for invasive pests or diseases and check to ensure all state phytosanitary laws are met. This helps keep invasive pests and plant-borne diseases out of Texas.

Here’s more information about how TDA protects Texas: