Entomology & Nursery Industries

  • Entomology and Nursery Industries
    • Pecan Buyers’ Licensing and Registration
    • Nursery Licensing
    • Apiary Registration
    • Plant Pest Quarantine and Eradication Programs
    • Phytosanitary Certificates
    • New Invasive Economic Plant Pest Surveys
    • Hemp Production Licensing

The Entomology and Nursery Industries Section handles licensing nurseries, registering apiaries, administering plant pest quarantines and eradication programs. It also handles inspecting commodities and issuing phytosanitary certificates, and conducting surveys for new invasive economic plant pests. Hemp production licensing is handled by the Section as well.

Asian Giant Hornet not present in New Mexico

Questions? Call 575-646-3207


NMDA proposes to amend 21.17.28 NMAC, PECAN WEEVIL EXTERIOR QUARANTINE. New Mexico’s Pecan Weevil Exterior Quarantine rule was promulgated in 1969 for the purpose of reducing the risk of importing pecan weevil in to New Mexico from weevil infested areas exterior to New Mexico, areas of West Texas, Arizona, and California. The rule requires all in-shell pecans and other regulated articles that originated in pecan weevil quarantined counties to undergo a cold storage treatment to kill pecan weevil prior to entry into the state.

The amendments remove several West Texas counties from New Mexico’s list of quarantined counties, add a cold-storage treatment post-entry requirement, and a second cold storage treatment option.

View the full rule here.


Pecan weevil larva can be found in the shells of pecans.

View the full rule here.

Pecan Weevil is considered the most significant insect pest of pecan producers. Previous periodic introductions of pecan weevil into New Mexico have triggered grower specific quarantines and eradication procedures. Pecan weevil was recently confirmed in approximately 200 residential pecan trees in several eastern New Mexico pecan growing counties and several commercial pecan orchards. This recent widespread establishment of pecan weevil in eastern New Mexico’s residential areas has dictated a more comprehensive approach to maintaining New Mexico’s pecan weevil-free status. The Pecan Weevil Interior Quarantine restricts the transportation of pecan weevil from quarantine areas to non-quarantined areas by establishing quarantine areas, restrictions and treatment options on regulated articles, disposition protocol, and fees.

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

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