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Jun 14, 2011 9:38 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

Ag Dept.: Even non-commercial cotton needs permit

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's Department of Agriculture says more and more people are growing cotton as part of their home landscapes. And, even those non-commercial growers have to get permission from the department.
A statement Monday from the department says even ornamental cotton plantings have to be monitored for boll weevils. Assistant Commissioner Todd Parker says that boll weevil traps have to be placed at locations where people plant cotton as part of a landscape or to harvest small amounts to make their own thread for fabrics.
According to the department, the boll weevil is one of the most destructive cotton pests. Louisiana and all other cotton-growing states have eradication programs.

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