Due to the state’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the staff at the Kansas Department of Agriculture has been asked to work remotely beginning April 6. During this time, our headquarters and field offices will remain closed to the public. Please keep in mind that while we work from our homes, our response times may be a bit slower. We ask for your patience as we work through these changing times.

If you need assistance during this interim period, please direct your questions to the Plant Protection and Weed Control Program via email, or leave a message at 785-564-6699. We will respond as soon as possible.

The KDA coronavirus page has guidance documents and ag-related industry links. For more information about the State of Kansas response to COVID-19, please consult the KDHE Resource Center.

Plant Protection and Weed Control

Purple and yellow chrysanthemums Plant Protection and Weed Control staff work to ensure the health of  the state’s native and cultivated plants by excluding or controlling  destructive pests, diseases and weeds. Staff examine and analyze pest conditions in crop fields, rangelands, greenhouses and  nurseries. Action taken to control potential infestations of new pests,  whether they are insects, plants diseases or weeds, is beneficial to  the economy and the environment.

 Our mission is to: 

  • Exclude or control harmful insects, plant diseases and weeds;
  • Ensure Kansas plants and plant products entering commerce are free from quarantine pests;
  • Provide customers with inspection and certification services.

Here is where you will find the statutes, regulations, quarantines and our contact information. There is also a comment form that you can fill out and submit to us. This page also will have any events we will be at except for emerald ash borer meetings. Those will be on the emerald ash borer page.

Plant Disease Alert

JUNE 2019: Sudden Oak Death has been detected in rhododendrons sold in Kansas this spring and summer. Read more here.

Upcoming Events

*Emerald ash borer meetings are on the emerald ash borer page*

Statutes, Regulations and Quarantines

  • Plant Pest and Agriculture Commodity Certification Act

  • Kansas Pest Freedom Standards

  • Kansas Tree and Shrubbery Law

  • Kansas Noxious Weed Law and Regulations

  • Black Stem Rust Law

  • Federal Noxious Weed Quarantine

  • Karnal Bunt Quarantine

  • Grecian Foxglove Quarantine

  • Purple Loosestrife Quarantine

  • Tamarix (Salt Cedar) Quarantine

  • Thousand Canker Disease of Walnut Quarantine

  • Emerald Ash Borer Quarantine *updated 2/24/2020

Plant Protection and Weed Control Program Staff

Topeka Office Hours

Monday thru Friday, 8 am - 5 pm, except for major holidays.

If you would like to submit a comment through our web form please do so at:

Comments and Complaints