Plants & Pests

Plant Industries Division

The Plant Industries Division’s work is often carried out behind the scenes, well out of the public eye. Yet, the division’s services are vital to Missouri’s agriculture producers and consumers. The division works to prevent the spread of harmful insects and plant diseases; registers pesticides; licenses pesticide applicators; assures label accuracy and quality of commercial feeds and seeds; and inspects fresh fruits and vegetables to assure quality and grade.

Bureau of Feed, Seed and Treated Timber

The Missouri Department of Agriculture, Plant Industries Division, Bureau of Feed, Seed and Treated Timber administers these three programs. Food safety and consumer protection are the primary concerns of this Bureau. Inspections are a vital part of our food safety initiative for all animal feed as well as the quality of seed and treated timber. It is essential that these products are safe and the highest quality is ensured.

Pesticide Program

The overall goal of the Pesticide Program is to prevent unreasonable adverse effects of pesticide use on human health and the environment while helping assure the availability of pesticides needed to maintain our quality of life. This is accomplished by licensing pesticide applicators and dealers, registering pesticides and performing inspections and investigations in the enforcement of the Missouri Pesticide Use Act and the Missouri Pesticide Registration Act.

Plant Pest Control Program

The Missouri Department of Agriculture's Plant Industries Division works to prevent the spread of harmful insects and plant diseases through the Plant Pest Control Program. The program certifies apiaries (bees) and does export certification.

Integrated Pest Management

Integrated Pest Management (IPM), a program created by the Missouri Department of Agriculture for educational and demonstration purposes, employs all available tools— cultural, biological, chemical and regulatory control methods to keep pests below an economic injury level. The IPM Program uses control methods in a compatible manner that is economically feasible and environmentally sound.

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Inspection Program

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Inspection Program assure fruits and vegetables meet quality and grade. The program inspects fresh fruits and vegetables at terminal markets and helps fresh fruit and vegetable wholesalers gain restitution for products that fail to meet standards agreed upon when purchased.