The National Cotton Council has proposed an assessment to fund efforts to eradicate the boll weevil from South Texas.
The boll weevil is now largely contained to the lower Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, where criminal activity and climate issues make boll weevil control difficult.
The National Cotton Council's Boll Weevil Action Committee has proposed a plan to involve all states in maintaining this very important buffer zone.
The proposal is to assess up to 75 cents per acre on each acre of cotton grown in areas of the U.S. where the weevil is eradicated.
The Georgia Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation and the Georgia Farm Bureau Cotton Committee support the plan, which aims to prevent re-infestation in areas where the boll weevil has been eradicated.
The additional assessment would take effect with the 2014 crop.
For more information from the Georgia Farm Bureau, visit http://www.gfb.org/.