U.S.D.A giving fines to LCO's

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by KINGjosh, Nov 2, 2004.

  1. KINGjosh

    KINGjosh LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 531

    While I'm at the gas station talking with the local LCO's and a pest control guy, they were telling me to watch out for the U.S Department of Agriculture. They said that if USDA see you finish up with a lawn and you don't spray all your equipment parts that came in contact with the grass, down with 50/50 bleach water, and the bottom of your shoes, and your pruning shears. They can fine you up to $1,000. Because all of the lawn diseases and citrus canker. I dont know if theres any truth to this, but they sounded like they weren't jokin! Ever hear of anything like this?
  2. Del9175

    Del9175 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 352

    About 4-5 years ago I was told about this. Part of my county was considered a quarantine zone. We were supposed to tarp all loads and spray down all equipment like you stated. I used to carry a solution around with me for about a month, but I haven't heard or seen anyone doing these things nowdays. As far as I know they haven't found any canker in some time.
  3. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Posts: 8,745

    I can picture it that in some locations in the US that there could be a need for this
  4. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 7,547

    No its not true.
  5. greendave

    greendave LawnSite Member
    Posts: 219

    YES, YOU CAN BE FINED YES THEY ARE CHECKING Go to www.doacs.state.fl.us/canker/canker/index.htm or www.aphis.usda.gov/oa/ccancer.html
    and READ UP! It is YOUR responsibility to know if you are in a citrus canker area and what steps to take if you live in these counties in Florida:
    Broward Miami-Dade Collier Hendry Hillborough Manatee Martin Desoto Lee Charlotte Glades. There are more......
  6. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
    Posts: 1,796

    Never heard of this actually happening. There would have to be some really serious danger to a crop or something fro them to waste time on a thing like that. How many people do they have to enforce it where you are? I would think it would be unlikely that they would actually do it.
  7. Fantasy Lawns

    Fantasy Lawns LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,913

    Heres the paper work to read


    This has been true for years ..... but you have to be working in a "quarantined" area ..... sign a canker agreement n get your decal for work truck .... then they just have to look for this .... the pest guys are 'exempt" if just pulling a hose but if they have equipment i.e. spreader than that has to be clean

    There was a story on this in the local TV like 2 summers ago in O town when it was more wide spread n most of the commercial operation added a surcharge to compensate for the extra time

    You can see the tags on trees from the last threat if it was in your county ....When we last had it ... they were cutting trees down n getting a lot of people $%$@ off .... the local deputy has to follow Asplundh when they were out removing trees within the 1900 foot area of a found effected tree

    After all we are talking of a almost $9 Billon dollar industy to our state

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