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TITLE 4AGRICULTURE
PART 1TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
CHAPTER 20COTTON PEST CONTROL
SUBCHAPTER DREGULATION OF VOLUNTEER AND OTHER NONCOMMERCIAL COTTON; HOSTABLE COTTON FEE
RULE §20.31Hostable Volunteer and Other Noncommercial Cotton in Locations Other Than Commercial Cotton Fields

(a) Cotton grown under a noncommercial cotton permit issued by the department under §3.53 of this title (relating to Prohibition of Planting of Cotton) is exempt from the requirements of this section.

(b) Except as provided by subsection (a) of this section, volunteer and other noncommercial cotton shall be destroyed by the grower or landowner prior to becoming hostable, if the volunteer or other noncommercial cotton is:

  (1) in a crop field or other location that is not a commercial cotton field; and

  (2) in a boll weevil quarantined, suppressed or functionally eradicated area, as established by §20.11, §20.12 and §20.13 of this chapter in conjunction with §20.14 of this chapter (relating to Quarantine Requirements).

(c) Upon discovery of hostable volunteer or other hostable noncommercial cotton, the department will give notice to the grower or landowner, or both the grower and the landowner, to destroy the hostable volunteer or other hostable noncommercial cotton within 14 days after the date notice is given. If weather conditions prevent destruction of the cotton within the 14-day grace period, the grower or landowner may, before the end of the 14-day grace period submit a request for an extension of the grace period.

  (1) Crop fields. If hostable volunteer or other hostable noncommercial cotton located in a crop field, that is not a commercial cotton field, is not destroyed on or before the 14th day after notice is given, the department or a person designated by the department may monitor and treat the cotton for boll weevil. The monitoring and treatments will continue until the cotton becomes non-hostable.

  (2) Other locations. If hostable volunteer or other hostable noncommercial cotton not located in a crop field or commercial cotton field is not destroyed on or before the 14th day after notice is given, the department may declare the location a public nuisance, destroy the cotton, and charge the landowner 150 percent of the actual destruction costs.

(d) Hostable Noncommercial Cotton Fee. If hostable volunteer or other hostable noncommercial cotton in a crop field, or other location that is not a commercial cotton field, is not destroyed on or before the 14th day after notice is given or the expiration of an approved extended period, the grower or landowner shall pay a hostable noncommercial cotton fee of $5.00 per acre for each full or partial week until the cotton is destroyed.

  (1) If hostable volunteer or other hostable noncommercial cotton is present in less than fifty percent of the crop field or other location that is not a commercial cotton field, then the fee will be based on one-half of the total acreage of the crop field or other location that is not a commercial cotton field.

  (2) Prior to the established destruction deadline listed in §20.22 of this title (relating to Stalk Destruction Requirements) for the applicable Pest Management Zone, the total fee per acre shall not exceed the per acre assessment for boll weevil eradication that would be applicable if the location were a commercial cotton field. If hostable noncommercial cotton is present after the date of the destruction deadline or any approved extension of the destruction deadline, the grower or landowner shall pay a hostable noncommercial cotton fee of $5.00 per acre for each full or partial week that shall be in addition to any fees accrued prior to the destruction deadline.

  (3) Fees will cease to accrue on the earlier of:

    (A) the date a department inspector finds all hostable volunteer or other hostable noncommercial cotton has been destroyed; or

    (B) the date the grower or landowner notifies the department that all hostable volunteer or other hostable noncommercial cotton has been destroyed, provided that all hostable volunteer or other hostable noncommercial cotton is found to be destroyed during the first department inspection of the crop field or other location that is not a cotton field after the grower or landowner notifies the department.

(e) Notice is given under this section on the date:

  (1) the notice is personally delivered to the grower or landowner or to any agent, of the grower or landowner, who typically receives business correspondence on behalf of the grower or landowner; or

  (2) if mailed, three days after the date the notice is mailed to the grower or landowner or to any agent, of the grower or landowner, who typically receives business correspondence on behalf of the grower or landowner.


Source Note: The provisions of this §20.31 adopted to be effective September 1, 2009, 34 TexReg 5897; amended to be effective November 1, 2011, 36 TexReg 7313; amended to be effective June 14, 2012, 37 TexReg 4184; amended to be effective January 3, 2016, 40 TexReg 9625

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