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Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Rules and Regulations for Enforcement of the Virginia Pest Law - Cotton Boll Weevil Quarantine [2 VAC 5 ‑ 440]
Guidance Documents
Chapter Information
Description A regulation that (1) restricts the movement of articles that may harbor the boll weevil to prevent the reintroduction of the boll weevil into Virginia and other non-infested states by the use of inspections, certificates, permits, compliance agreements, and treatments, if necessary; (2) requires all cotton farmers in Virginia to participate in the eradication program that includes reporting of acreage, field locations, compliance with all cotton boll weevil regulations and payment of per-acre fees to support the survey to determine whether the boll weevil is present; and (3) prohibits non-commercial cotton from being planted unless the grower applies for and receives an exemption to grow cotton.
State Authority Section 3.2-703 of the Code of Virginia
Federal Authority None entered
Exempt from APA No, changes to this chapter are subject to the Administrative Process Act.
Text of Regulation Link to Virginia Administrative Code
Goals of Regulation 1. The protection of the public's health, safety, and welfare with the least possible cost and intrusiveness to the citizens and businesses of the Commonwealth.

2. The prevention of the boll weevil's re-infestation of Virginia's cotton crop.
Meetings See all meetings (3) relating to this chapter.

Contact Information
Name / Title: David Gianino  / Program Manager, Office of Plant Industry Services
Address: P. O. Box 1163
Richmond, VA 23218
Email Address:
Telephone: (804)786-3515    FAX: (804)371-7793    TDD: (800)828-1120
Current Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status

Past Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Amend the regulation to more accurately reflect current practices and procedures Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 09/24/2014.
Changing Title 3.1 references to Title 3.2 as a result of the recodification of Title 3.1
Action is Exempt from Article 2 of the Administrative Process Act
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 03/04/2009.
Cotton Boll Weevil Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 03/25/2004.

Periodic Reviews
Last Activity Status
9/15/2020 Agency Completed Retain As Is
3/31/2011 Agency Completed Amend
9/11/2000 Agency Completed Amend