USDA Announces Pink Bollworm Eradication Significantly Saving Cotton Farmers in Yearly Control Costs

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WASHINGTON, Oct. 19, 2018 — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today that U.S. cotton is free — after more than 100 years — of the devastating pink bollworm. This pest has cost U.S. producers tens of millions of dollars in yearly control costs and yield losses. Thanks to rigorous control and regulatory activities carried out by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), state departments of agriculture, the U.S. cotton industry, and growers, pink bollworm has been eliminated from all cotton-producing areas in the continental United States.

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