Plant Industry Services
The Cotton Boll Weevil Eradication Program consists of monitoring cotton fields for the presence of the cotton boll weevil and treatment if boll weevils are found. The costs associated with this survey program are paid by Virginia’s cotton producers. The Office of Plant Industry Services oversees the survey to ensure that program standards are met.
Administration and enforcement of the provisions of the cotton boll weevil quarantine are important and necessary to protect and enhance Virginia's cotton industry, in addition to protecting the quality of the environment in the cotton-producing area. The regulation:
The eradication of the cotton boll weevil and the enforcement of the quarantine, which ensures that the boll weevil does not re-infest Virginia, provide an alternate crop that enhances the economic conditions for growers in eastern and southern Virginia.
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