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    The SANC Team

    National Plant Board Oversight
    by the NPB Executive Committee

    SANC Core Group
    Dana Rhodes PA
    Aurelio Posadas NPB
    Ken Rauscher NPB
    Wayne Dixon NPB

    Steering Committee
    SANC Core Group, plus
    Larry Nichols VA
    Robin Rosenbaum MI
    Dan Kenny OH
    Anni Self TN
    Christel Harden  AL
    Piera Siegert NH
    Collin Wamsley MO
    Joe Collins KY
    Brian Kuhn WI
    Christopher Logue NY
    Perry Walden  GA
    Melissa Lujan  OR

    Training Subcommittee
    Collin Wamsley MO, Chair
    Joe Collins KY, Chair
    Ann Gibbs ME
    Gary McAninch OR
    Aaron Paul WA
    Kara Spofford  USDA PDC
    Tim Bergstrom USDA PDC

    Pilot Subcommittee
    Larry Nichols VA, Chair
    Robin Rosenbaum MI, Chair
    Vicki Smith CT
    Galen Ettinger NJ
    Susan Ehlenbeck MO
    David Cox AmericanHort
    Craig Regelbrugge AmericanHort
    Jerry Lee AmericanHort
    Mike Brown  USDA PPQ
    Sarika Negi USDA PPQ

    Regulatory Agricultural Guidelines Subcommittee (Currently Suspended)
    Wayne Dixon NPB, Chair
    Vicki Smith CT
    David Blackburn AR
    Helmuth Rogg OR
    Jeff Zimmer MI

    Outreach Subcommittee
    Piera Siegert NH, Chair
    Christel Harden AL, Chair
    David Blackburn AR
    Joshua Kress CA
    Karen Suslow  Dominican University
    Karen Rane  University of Maryland
    Gina Zirkle   AmericanHort

    Document Review and Forms Team (DRAFT)
    Dan Kenny OH, Chair
    Anni Self  TN, Chair
    Sarah Scally ME
    Steve Hildebrandt FL
    Cindy Cooper WA
    Doug Cole  AmericanHort
    Fred Ceballos  AmericanHort
    Walter Suttle  AmericanHort
    Terra Walber CA

    Evaluation Subcommittee
    Brian Kuhn WI, Chair
    Christopher Logue NY, Chair
    Tim Bergstrom  USDA PDC
    Jeanetta Cooper OK
    Sarah Gettys  PA
    Carol Seadale – Southeast Growers (GA)
    Scott Sanner  USDA APHIS PPQ
    SANC Core Group

    Inspector Subcommittee
    Melissa Lujan OR, Chair
    Perry Walden GA, Chair
    Aaron Paul  WA
    Tinalouise Stimmler PA
    Zach Starr  MO
    John Nunnery  OK
    Ryan Rieder  NJ
    Marcia Wensing  WI
    John Wraspir  WA



  • SANC Pilot Program Certification:
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SANC for States

A systems approach to nursery inspection can benefit states by focusing resources to reduce pest risk and enhancing existing programs. The tools in this section can help state regulators with something as simple as process improvement in nursery inspection, to certification of large interstate shippers of regulated products. State regulators are encouraged to review, revise and adopt this information where appropriate, and provide feedback through the Contact Us link.

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The SANC basics are presented in this printable Fact Sheet.
This document describes the basic underlying components and elements of a systems approach to nursery certification program to better meet the increasing challenges in the movement of plants within the environment of regulatory agriculture and business activities. A systems approach strategy incorporates specific operational nursery practices, many of which are in current use, that minimize the likelihood of incursion, establishment and growth of plant pests and pathogens in a nursery. Overall, a systems approach for nursery certification requires a methodical gathering of information pertinent to the pest hazards associated with a nursery followed by development and use of best management practices that can be documented and verified to demonstrate the successful performance of the systems approach.
This standard describes the essential elements of a harmonized state-level systems approach to nursery certification (SANC) program within the United States. It outlines the responsibilities of state certification agencies and of nursery and greenhouse facilities participating in a SANC program, designed to address nursery certification of plants moving intra- or interstate.
The Systems Approach to Nursery Certification (SANC) is a voluntary program to promote a harmonized risk-based systems approach to enhance nursery certification process while recognizing varying states’ authorities and industry needs. One of its many benefits is that it encourages a close working relationship between the state certifying authority and participating facilities (nurseries/greenhouses). While working with the first states in the Pilot Project for SANC, we’ve identified essential elements that should exist on the state side to better realize a successful SANC program.
Agreement on Use of SANC Logo by a State Certifying Agency
The SANC Glossary of Terms is a master list of many SANC terms, provided to promote consistent discussion and understanding of the SANC terms and the project and its operation. This document is meant to be dynamic and flexible as the SANC project is piloted and implemented.
These common questions regarding the SANC program and its operation are designed to provide consistent answers to those questions and to help generate positive discussion among growers, commodity groups, inspectors, and other stakeholders
An overall idea of how the SANC program will work.
So you’ve completed the SANC External Audit. What are the next steps?
Accomplishment report submitted to USDA for project funded through Farm Bill Section 10007.
Initial Evaluation Reportfor A Systems Approach to Nursery Certification (SANC) Pilot Program – Phase 1
This legally binding agreement between the plant production facility and the state certification agency identifies the specific requirements necessary for the individual facility to produce and ship nursery stock under a systems approach process. It reflects an agreement on the part of the facility to abide by all of the conditions listed in the production manual and may be accompanied by a compliance agreement with pest specific compliance modules that allow regulated articles to move into states with additional quarantines or regulations. The SANC agreement, any necessary compliance agreements, and audit approval, establish the basis for issuance of a nursery certificate under the SANC program.
This document suggests examples of non-compliance issues that would be classified as Minor, Major, or Critical. During the Pilot, we hope participating agencies will suggest better examples that can be used to build upon and improve this guidance.
A template form to use when a corrective action is needed.
A template for a SANC nursery shipping certificate .
This template provides an example compliance agreement format that states can utilize with the goal of encouraging more consistency and highlighting the systems approaches currently being used within the certification process for plants moving interstate. It is not intended to be a ‘one size fits all’, rather one that allows multiple pests of concern or program standards to be addressed under a consistent format. The format can, and should, be adjusted to meet the needs of States’ specific nursery or greenhouse pest issues and regulations through pest specific modules.
Under revision – returning soon!
An introduction to audit basics. This presentation was made by Kimberly Merenz, USDA-APHIS-PPQ, based on her experience with the USNCP
From a SANC Workshop in January 2014, this presentation discusses the concepts that need to be considered while developing a model standard for the SANC program.