In 1958, the National Cotton Council, seeking to alter the devastating effects of the boll weevil, lobbied to establish a national Boll Weevil Eradication Program
, which has been highly successful.
Joe Street, who currently serves as an Extension associate director and interim head of the Delta Research and Extension Center, will continue to lead Agriculture and Natural Resources programming and oversee the Boll Weevil Eradication Program
and the Mississippi Horse Park.
More recently, the Boll Weevil Eradication Program
has virtually eliminated A.
A group of cotton farmers has filed a lawsuit challenging the Arkansas State Plant Board's regulation requiring them to help pay for the boll weevil eradication program
The boll weevil eradication program
resulted in a very high rate of return--97 cents on each dollar spent per year in North and South Carolina during 1978-87.
Cotton acreage increased there from about 260,000 acres in 1989 to nearly 1.3 million acres in 2004, in part due to the success of the boll weevil eradication program
. (See "We Don't Cotton to Boll Weevil 'Round Here Anymore," Agricultural Research, February 2003, p.
Cotton production has returned to the Southeast in a big way after a successful boll weevil eradication program
. According to the Conservation Technology Information Center, cotton acreage increased by 1.9 million in the region in the last decade, with 5.2 million acres planted in 2002.
USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is the lead agency of the boll weevil eradication program
. But no one agency or institution could ever tackle a problem this big alone.
Cotton grower foundations like the one Brumley heads are the organizational backbone of the boll weevil eradication program
, which is funded about 70 percent by cotton growers and 30 percent through USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).