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FDACS-DPI Display Popular at The Landscape Show

September 29, 2014

FNAT-20The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Division of Plant Industry was ably represented at The Landscape show September 25-27 at Orlando.

Personnel from the Plant Inspection unit based in Apopka and Detector Dog personnel manned a joint DPI-USDA booth that displayed several of the myriad exotic pests that threaten Florida’s native and commercially grown plants and agricultural resources.

The display included Don’t Pack a Pest, a partnership administered by FDACS-DPI that includes USDA and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Don’t pack a Pest encourages international travelers to declare agricultural items in luggage.

“At times, we had a line,” said DPI Environmental Supervisor Dr. Serena Stornaiuolo. 

The Landscape Show is recognized as one of the premier nursery and landscape trade shows in the entire country,  bringing thousands of members of the nursery industry together.

This year’s show set a record for attendance — more than 6,500 visitors — and featured over 400 vendors in more than 1,000 booths.

“The show included educational programs, Continuing Education Units, and peer-to-peer exchange. It offered us productive opportunities to connect with people in the industry that we serve,” said Dr. Stornaiuolo.

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