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The protection of New Jersey's plant resources from injurious insects, weeds and disease is basic to the vitality of the state's agricultural industry, natural environment, and homeowners. Plant pests can cost farmers, woodland and natural area owners, and eventually the consumer, millions of dollars through crop damage and pest control costs. The programs of the Division of Plant Industry provide protection to New Jersey food crops, forests and other plant resources against injurious plant insects and diseases through detection, control, and eradication programs. The Division helps to ensure that farmers, businesses and consumers buy and sell high quality pest-free plants and plant products.