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Review of the Division of Plant Industry Within the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Report No. 94-35,
 


  • Although the Division of Plant Industry is authorized to assess fees for its services, it provides some services for free and the fees it collects for other activities do not recover its costs. As a result, the Division is funded largely by general revenue, which provides 69% ($9.4 million) of its funding.
  • The Division could do several things to reduce its need for general revenue funding. These include (1) establishing fees for its proposed port of entry inspection program, commodity irradiation services, and permits issued for plant and arthropod movement; (2) increasing fees for nursery and stock dealer registration, and the boll weevil eradication program to recover its administrative cost; (3) resolving the operating deficit for its commodity fumigation facilities by increasing fees, privatizing, or eliminating this activity; (4) downsizing the apiary inspection program to reflect changes in the beekeeping industry; (5) disposing of a portion of the Division's citrus grove acreage; and/or (6) shifting the Citrus Budwood Registration program funding from general revenue to the Citrus Inspection Trust Fund, as the program generally benefits the citrus industry rather than the general public. These actions could reduce the Division's need for general revenue funding by about $2.5 million annually.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS)
Food Safety and Quality
Agricultural Economic Development

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 01-60 Justification Review: Agricultural Development Program Met Standards, But Activities Should Become Financially Self-Supporting, published in November 2001.
  • Report No. 01-53 Justification Review: Some Funding Shifts Are Possible for the State’s Food Safety and Quality Program, published in November 2001.
  • Report No. 01-36 Justification Review: Forest Protection Program Meets Most Standards; Could Achieve Further Savings, published in August 2001.
  • Report No. 97-30 Follow-up Report on the Division of Marketing and Development Within the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, published in January 1998.
  • Report No. 96-45 Follow-Up Report on the Division of Fruit and Vegetables Within the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, published in February 1997.
  • Report No. 96-23 Follow-up Report on the Division of Plant Industry Within the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, published in December 1996.
  • Report No. 95-29   Review of the Division of Marketing and Development, published in January 1996.

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