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S.3042 Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (Farm Bill)

Update 6/25/18

On Wednesday, June 13, the Senate Agriculture Committee held a hearing on the S.3042 Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, also known as the farm bill. The bill passed the committee on a vote of 20-1 and is now headed to the Senate floor. The full Senate hopes to address the bill prior to its upcoming July 4th recess.

The Senate version of the farm bill includes some major changes pertaining to industrial hemp including:

  • Legalizing the production of industrial hemp
  • Requiring production plans to be submitted to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture via the state department of agriculture
  • Removing hemp from the controlled substances list
  • Allowing for interstate commerce of hemp
  • Including hemp as an eligible crop within agriculture research and crop insurance programs

Updates will be posted as the process continues.


PECAN WEEVIL EMERGENCY QUARANTINE

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The recent findings of pecan weevil in residential and commercial pecan trees in several eastern New Mexico towns and cities has prompted New Mexico Department of Agriculture to implement an emergency quarantine. The quarantine identifies Curry,  Chaves, Lea and Eddy counties as currently infested with pecan weevil and places restrictions on the movement of in-shell pecans originating in those counties and destined to other New Mexico counties. The quarantine also places requirements on pecan buyers and on cold storage facilities that are using freezing as one method to kill pecan weevil. Pecan weevil is considered the most serious insect pest of pecans and is considered established in all pecan growing regions of the country except far west Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. It is primarily spread to new pecan growing areas through the movement of pecan weevil infested pecans and equipment that harbors infested pecans.

Questions? Contact New Mexico Department of Agriculture at 575-646-3007 or email blewis@nmda.nmsu.edu

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