Ornamental Cotton Rules and Regulations in the State of Georgia

The boll weevil is a destructive pest that nearly destroyed Georgia’s cotton industry and cost in excess of $100 million to eradicate from the state. The Commissioner of Agriculture has determined that the boll weevil is not established in the State of Georgia, is a serious plant pest, and is injurious to the agricultural interests of the state.

In the information provided below, you can find thorough details on regulations, rules, and faqs on ornamental cotton growth in the state of Georgia.

Program Participation

Rule 40-24-1-.05

It is the responsibility of each cotton grower and non-commercial cotton grower to participate in the boll weevil eradication program. Participation shall include:

(a) timely reporting of acreage and field locations when required;

(b) maintenance of access to the fields for program employees;

(c) compliance with regulations;

(d) payment of required fees; and

(e) ensure that all used cotton harvesting equipment has been thoroughly cleaned and certified in accordance with the requirements of 40-24-1.08 before it is brought into the state.

Any cotton grower or non-commercial cotton grower who fails to follow the requirements above is in violation of this Chapter.

Download the full Document (40-24-1 Boll Weevil Quarantine)

Non-Commercial Cotton Guidelines

Rule 40.24.1-.13

(1) Non-commercial cotton shall not be planted without a permit approved by Board of Directors of the Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation of Georgia, Inc. and issued by the Commissioner.

(2) A permit request will include a brief description of the plot size, the purpose for such planting, and its value to cotton growers of the state. The Board of Directors of the BWEF of GA, Inc. will base their decision on:

(a) benefit to the state’s agriculture and cotton growers;

(b) location of growing area;

(c) size of intended planting area;

(d) pest conditions in the growing area;

(e) costs incurred to the BWEF of GA, Inc.; and

(f) the applicant’s willingness to follow any stipulations or requirements as may be set forth in the permit.

(3) The Commissioner may require the monitoring or destruction of Non-Commercial Cotton resulting from spilled seed, animal feed or other non-commercial actions or cotton that has sprouted from inadequate herbicide application, mowing, discing, other mechanical means of destruction.

(a) Upon notification in writing by the Commissioner, any property owner may be ordered to destroy non-commercial cotton when it is deemed that such cotton constitute a potential for harboring boll weevils. Destruction shall consist of mowing, shredding, discing, or other means approved by the Commissioner as necessary to eliminate standing plants.

(b) Non-commercial cotton must be destroyed within 30 days of receipt of notification.

ORNAMENTAL COTTON GROWER APPLICATION

Application process for 2021 is closed.

Application process for 2022 will begin on January 2, 2022.

Treatment Options

Rule 40.24.1-.13 (cont’d)

The Commissioner may require the monitoring or destruction of Non-Commercial Cotton resulting from spilled seed, animal feed or other non-commercial actions or cotton that has sprouted from inadequate herbicide application, mowing, discing, other mechanical means of destruction.

  • Upon notification in writing by the Commissioner, any property owner may be ordered to destroy non-commercial cotton when it is deemed that such cotton constitute a potential for harboring boll weevils. Destruction shall consist of mowing, shredding, discing, or other means approved by the Commissioner as necessary to eliminate standing plants.
  • Non-commercial cotton must be destroyed within 30 days of receipt of notification.

Any person, business or entity planting and growing non-commercial cotton without a permit issued by the Commissioner is in violation of this Chapter. The commissioner or his agent may destroy or require the destruction of non-commercial cotton plants at cost to grower or landowner.

Quarantine Requirements

Rule 40.24.1-.14

The Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation of Georgia, Inc. is authorized to act upon the Commissioner’s behalf for boll weevil eradication activities within the state.

Landowners or tenants must allow access to properties and maintain the property in a condition which will allow Department or Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation of Georgia, Inc. employees to conduct adequate surveys and/or other necessary and appropriate actions to eradicate the boll weevil in quarantined areas.

Any of the following acts will constitute a violation of this Chapter:

  • Bringing boll weevils, in any living stage, into the state without a permit issued by the Commissioner.

  • Failure of any cotton grower to participate in the boll weevil eradication program.

  • Failure of any gin to collect assessments when required, file prescribed reports, remit assessments collected as described, or use, contract or hire any out-of-state used cotton harvesting equipment unless it has been thoroughly cleaned and certified free of boll weevils.

  • Failure to destroy cotton stalks or non-commercial cotton when notified by the Commissioner.

  • Bringing used cotton harvesting equipment into the state that has not been thoroughly cleaned, inspected and certified free of regulated articles.

  • Planting or growing non-commercial cotton without a permit approved by Board of Directors of the Boll Weevil Eradication Foundation of Georgia, Inc. and issued by the Commissioner.

  • Obstructing the Commissioner or his inspector in the performance of his duties.

Penalties
Rule 40.24.1-.17

Any person violating any provision of this article shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be punished by a fine of not less than $50.00 nor more than $1,000.00 or by imprisonment not exceeding 12 months, or both, as determined by the court.

Any cotton grower who fails to comply with the rules adopted by the Commissioner shall be subject to a civil monetary penalty of $1,000.00 per violation. Each violation shall constitute a separate offense.

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Ornamental Cotton Grower Locations

Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum

41 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Savannah, GA 31401


Monday: Museum closed, Gardens open 10 am to 4 pm
Tuesday-Sunday: Museum and Gardens open 10 am to 5 pm.

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Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home

501 Riverside Parkway NE
Rome, GA 30161


Wednesday-Saturday 10:00-5:00
Closed for events and major holidays

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Atlanta History Center/Smith Family Farm-Goizueta Gardens

130 West Paces Ferry Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30305


Monday – Saturday: 10 AM to 5:15 PM; Sunday 12 PM to 5:15 PM

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Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center

9770 Autrey Mill Road
Johns Creek, GA 30022


Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 – 4:00 PM, Sunday 12:00 – 4:00 PM

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Smith Plantation Home

935 Alpharetta Street
Roswell, GA 30075


Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM; Sunday 1-4 PM

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McDaniel Farm Park

3251 McDaniel Farm Rd
Duluth, GA 30096


Open sunrise to sunset

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Oakhurst Farm

19710 GA Highway 219
West Point, GA 31833


October M-F Field Trips Only, Saturday 10:00 AM-7:00 PM, Sunday 1:00 – 7:00 PM

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Jarrell Plantation State Historic Site

711 Jarrell Plantation Road
Juliette, Ga 31046


Thursday-Sunday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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Jimmy Carter National Historic Site Boyhood Farm

300 N. Bond Street
Plains, GA 31780


Daily 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

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Thomasville History Center

725 N Dawson Street
Thomasville, GA 31792


M-F 9:00 – 5:00, Saturday 10-4:00

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William Harris Homestead

3636 GA Highway 11
Monroe
, GA 30656


First and Third Saturday of every month from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, during the week by appointment

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Callaway Plantation

2160 Lexington Road
Washington, Ga 30673


Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 – 5:00

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ABAC School of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Agricultural Sciences Building

ABAC 8, 2802 Moore Hwy, Tifton, GA 31793

Phone: 229.391.4790


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Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens

Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens

2 Canebrake Rd
Savannah, GA 31419
Admission: $5.00 adults, $3.00 youth
Phone: 912-921-5460

Hours

Monday: Closed

Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Sunday: 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM


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