Financial penalties for violating Texas pecan weevil quarantine increase this September

Growers and shellers who plan to move pecan products around Texas face increased financial penalties starting Sept. 1, 2021, if they violate the “quarantine or rule to protect pecans or pecan trees from diseases and pests.” This quarantine applies to pecan weevil as well.

The Texas Department of Agriculture encourages all industry members to familiarize themselves with the rules and changes. To read the full legislative language, see the Texas House Bill 3289 here.

According to the Texas Pecan Growers Association, the Texas Department of Agriculture continues to refine the penalty matrix for quarantine violations to add more clarity. Questions about the quarantine or rules should be directed to state’s Department of Agriculture. TPGA is also available to assist industry members.