Non-Commercial Cotton Requires Waiver

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The boll weevil, an invasive pest that causes devastating damage to cotton crops, was successfully eradicated from Arkansas in 2006 after years of collaborative efforts between cotton producers and the Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation. To help the state retain its boll weevil-free status, the Boll Weevil Eradication Act requires that non-commercial cotton may not be planted without a waiver from the State Plant Board. Non-commercial cotton is defined as cotton intended for any purposes other than sale.

When individuals plant non-commercial cotton outside of monitored areas, they are creating the risk of re-introducing a boll weevil population in Arkansas. “Cotton seed should not be distributed or planted outside of commercial areas if we want the monitoring system in place for boll weevil prevention to continue working,” says State Plant Board Director Terry Walker. “Our cotton producers have invested millions of dollars in a successful boll weevil eradication program, and we remain committed to preventing the pest from threatening our crop again,” he said.   MORE

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