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First Two Growers Certified Under "Systems Approach to Nursery Certification" (SANC)
Two nurseries Are First of Eight Facilities to Participate in Pilot Project




McKay Nursery Co., Inc. (Wisconsin) and Star Roses and Plants / Conard-Pyle (Penn.) have become the first two facilities to ship plants grown under the "Systems Approach to Nursery Certification" (SANC) program, an initiative of the National Plant Board (, with guidance from the AmericanHort (, other industry members and the USDA.

The two nurseries are the first of eight facilities nationally participating in the SANC pilot project. The other nurseries are in New Jersey, Georgia, Missouri, Oklahoma, Oregon and Washington, which represent a diversity in business size and types of operations.

The SANC logo on plant shipments "evidences meeting stringent growing, training, self-inspection and audit requirements" put in place to better ensure plant stock is more resilient to plant pests and diseases, is compliant with changes in regulations and quarantines and helps prevent stop-sales or recalls.

SANC is poised to benefit plant growers, retailers, installers, consumers and the environment," said Craig Regelbrugge, AmericanHort senior vice president. "We and our Horticultural Research Institute are deeply committed to the effort as the pilot [program] continues."

"We are very proud to be part of the new movement towards the safeguarding of plants," said Tom Buechel, who heads production at McKay Nursery Company. "The program has engaged all our staff to continually and proactively address plant health issues before they arise, and embrace the teamwork needed to grow quality nursery stock." "We were privileged to work with industry consultants Jerry Lee and Darrell Maddox, and Dana Rhodes from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture toward developing the framework of the SANC program, which is now institutionalized in what we do every day," explained John Rausch, COO at Star Roses and Plants.

AmericanHort was formed in 2014 by the consolidation of the American Nursery & Landscape Association and The Association of Horticulture Professionals. AmericanHort reports nearly 16,000 member and affiliated businesses that include breeders, greenhouse and nursery growers, garden retailers, distributors, interior and exterior landscape professionals, florists, students, educators, researchers, manufacturers and all of those part of the industry market chain. The horticulture industry's production, wholesale, retail and landscape service components have annual sales of $163 billion, and sustain over 1.15 million full and part-time jobs, according to AmericanHort.

As seen in LASN magazine, October 2016.

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