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  1. Title 7 – Agriculture
  2. Subtitle B – Regulations of the Department of Agriculture
  3. Chapter I – Agricultural Marketing Service (Standards, Inspections, Marketing Practices), Department of Agriculture
  4. Subchapter K – Federal Seed Act
  5. Part 201 – Federal Seed Act Requirements
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  7. § 201.16
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§ 201.16 Noxious-weed seeds.

( a ) Except for those kinds of noxious-weed seeds shown in paragraph (b) of this section, the names of the kinds of noxious-weed seeds and the rate of occurrence of each shall be expressed in the label in accordance with, and the rate of occurrence shall not exceed the rate permitted by, the law and regulations of the State into which the seed is offered for transportation or is transported. If in the course of such transportation, or thereafter, the seed is diverted to another State of destination, the person or persons responsible for such diversion shall cause the seed to be relabeled with respect to the noxious-weed seed content, if necessary to conform to the laws and regulations of the State into which the seed is diverted.

( b ) Seeds or bulblets of the following plants shall be considered noxious-weed seeds in agricultural and vegetable seeds transported or delivered for transportation in interstate commerce (including Puerto Rico, Guam, and the District of Columbia). Agricultural or vegetable seed containing seeds or bulblets of these kinds shall not be transported or delivered for transportation in interstate commerce. Noxious-weed seeds include the following species on which no tolerance will be applied:

Ageratina adenophora (Spreng.) King and H.E. Robins.

Alternanthera sessilis (L.) DC.

Asphodelus fistulosus L.

Avena sterilis L. (including Avena ludoviciana Dur.)

Azolla pinnata R. Br.

Carthamus oxyacantha M. Bieb

Cenchrus caudatus (Schrad.) Kuntze

Cenchrus clandestinus Morrone

Cenchrus pedicellatus (Trin.) Morrone

Cenchrus polystachios (L.) Morrone

Chrysopogon aciculatus (Retz.) Trin.

Commelina benghalensis L.

Crupina vulgaris Cass.

Digitaria abyssinica Stapf. (=D. scalarum (Schweinf.) Chiov.)

New Mexico Department of Agriculture releases updated noxious weed list

LAS CRUCES – The New Mexico Department of Agriculture (NMDA) released an updated state noxious weed list, replacing the 2016 list.

Petitions to add new plant species to the state noxious weed list were solicited and received by NMDA from Cooperative Weed Management Areas, individuals, agencies and organizations. The New Mexico Weed List Advisory Committee reviewed the petitions using ecological, distribution, impact and legal status criteria within the state of New Mexico and adjoining states.

New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte said he is appreciative of those that contributed to this effort.

“Thank you to the Cooperative Weed Management Areas, individuals, agencies and organizations who participated in the process of updating this list,” said Witte. “This effort helps us stay vigilant against potential threats to New Mexico’s environment or economy.”

As required by the Noxious Weed Management Act of 1998, the plant species on the New Mexico Noxious Weed List are designated as noxious weeds to be targeted for control or eradication.

The list includes:

  • Class A species, which are currently not present in New Mexico or have limited distribution. Preventing new infestations of these species and eradicating existing infestations is the highest priority.
  • Class B species, which are limited to portions of the state. In areas with severe infestations, management should be designed to contain the infestation and stop any further spread.
  • Class C species, which are widespread in the state. Management decisions for these species should be determined at the local level, based on feasibility of control and level of infestation.
  • Watch List species, which are species of concern in the state. These species have the potential to become problematic. More data is needed to determine if these species should be listed. When these species are encountered, individuals should document their location and contact their local Soil and Water Conservation District or County Extension Office.

The list does not include every plant species with the potential to negatively impact the state’s environment or economy. Landowners and land managers are encouraged to recognize plant species listed on the federal noxious weed list and other western states’ noxious weed lists as potentially having negative impacts and to manage them accordingly.