The state takes out an “insurance policy” against invasive species. Wisconsin is the newest member of a multi-state compact formed to assist in the battle against plant pests such as diseases, insects or weeds. “IPCC – it actually stands for the Interstate Pest Control Compact – is a multi-state compact that’s kind of like an insurance policy for pest control,” says Jane Larson, with the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

The IPCC is an organization supported by nearly 40 states, and provides financial support when states may not have the necessary resources to combat outbreaks or infestations of plant diseases that threaten a state’s agricultural or natural resources. As with any insurance plan, there is a premium. “It’s determined based on your agricultural resources,” says Larson. “For Wisconsin, it would cost us $19,000, based on our crop and forestry acreage.” That premium us payable over several years.

One request funded by the compact can quickly regain the cost of a state’s premium. For example, in 2007, Michigan received $75,000 to combat an insect from Asia that can kill hemlock trees The loss of hemlock was a threat to Michigan’s timber industry and their forest ecosystem, and it also threatened hemlock trees in adjoining states.

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