2016 Arkansas Code
Title 2 - Agriculture
Subtitle 2 - Agronomy
Chapter 16 - Plant Disease and Pest Control
Subchapter 2 - -- Plant Act of 1917
§ 2-16-207. Powers and duties of board

AR Code ยง 2-16-207 (2016) What's This?

(a) (1) The State Plant Board shall keep itself informed as to the varieties of insect pests, diseases, and noxious weeds and the origin, locality, nature, and appearance thereof; the manner in which they are disseminated; and the approved methods of treatment and eradication.

(2) Every such insect pest, disease, and noxious weed, and every plant and plant product infested or infected is declared to be a public nuisance.

(b) (1) The board in its rules and regulations made pursuant to this subchapter shall list the insect pests, diseases, and noxious weeds, of which it shall find that the introduction into or the dissemination within the state should be prevented in order to safeguard the plants and plant products of this state, and the list shall include the plants and plant products or other substances on or in which these pests may be carried.

(2) Every person who has knowledge of the presence of any insect pest, disease, or noxious weed listed as required in this section in the rules and regulations made pursuant to this subchapter, in or upon any place, shall immediately report it to the board or inspectors thereof, giving such detailed information relative thereto as he or she may have.

(3) Every person who deals in or engages in the sale of plants or plant products shall furnish to the board or its inspectors, when requested, a statement of the names and addresses of the persons from whom and the localities where he or she purchased or obtained the plant and plant products.

(c) (1) The board shall make rules and regulations for carrying out the provisions and requirements of this subchapter including rules and regulations under which its inspectors and other employees shall:

(A) Inspect places, plants and plant products, and things and substances used or connected herewith;

(B) Investigate, control, eradicate, and prevent the dissemination of insect pests, diseases, and noxious weeds; and

(C) Supervise or cause the treatment, cutting, and destruction of infected or infested plants and plant products.

(2) For the purpose of preventing fraud and misrepresentation, the board shall make rules and regulations governing the transportation, distribution, or sale of sorghum seed, hybrid corn seed, and other seeds intended for planting.

(d) For the purpose of carrying out the provisions and requirements of this subchapter, of the rules and regulations made, and notices given pursuant thereto, the board and its inspectors and employees shall have power to enter into or upon any place and to open any bundle, package, or other container of plants or plant products.

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