Contact: Kristie Garcia Director of Public Affairs, New Mexico Department of Agriculture [email protected] 575-646-2804

November 30, 2021

Pecan weevil quarantine in effect, pecan buyers must be allowed

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LAS CRUCES – With the pecan harvest underway, New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) officials are reminding the public that state pecan buyers must be licensed and that Pecan weevil quarantines are in effect. The New Mexico Pecan Buyers Licensure Act defines a “buyer” as a person engaged in the purchase of inshell pecans from a pecan producer and includes an accumulator, a buying station, a cleaning plant. , a sheller, a reseller or a broker. The law does not apply to a person whose business is a grocery store, retail store, gas station or other similar operation and who transacts inshell pecans totaling less than 100 pounds during for a period of 12 months.

In an effort to prevent the spread of nut pests – primarily the pecan weevil – buyers of pecans, as defined above, must be licensed by the Department of Agriculture. Authorized buyers across the state are required to obtain information from sellers, including where and when the purchase was made; contact details of the seller; credentials; license plate and vehicle information; total weight of inshell nuts purchased; and information regarding the growing location of sold pecans.

Collecting lot information and vendor identification enables NMDA to verify compliance with pecan weevil quarantines and provides a deterrent against pecan theft by assisting local agencies law enforcement prosecution for the illicit sale of stolen pecans. Quarantine violations can result in the seizure of loads of pecans without a refund.

New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte said it was important for vendors to provide requested information to help prevent the spread of pests.

“New Mexico is the second largest pecan producing state in the country, and Doña Ana County is the largest pecan producing county in the country. So we must all work together to protect this culture so important to our state. said Witte. “By providing the required information, the vendors are helping prevent the spread of the pecan weevil from other parts of the country and quarantine areas in New Mexico.”

Indoor and outdoor quarantines of the pecan weevil are in effect in New Mexico. The interior pecan weevil quarantine applies to Chaves, Eddy and Lea counties and includes several restrictions on the movement of inshell pecans and related items from these counties to other counties.

Outdoor pecan weevil quarantine restricts movement of inshell pecans and regulated items to New Mexico from all states except Arizona, California and counties Texans from El Paso and Hudspeth, as well as parts of Culberson County.

A pecan buyer license application and a list of approved pecan buyers are available at

The internal and external quarantine rules can be viewed in their entirety on

For more information on pecan purchase licenses or pecan weevil quarantines, please call the NMDA at 575-646-3207.


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