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Sec. 80.003

Sec. 80.003. DEFINITIONS. In this chapter:

(1) “Board” means the board of directors of the Texas Citrus Pest and Disease Management Corporation, Inc.

(2) “Asian citrus psyllid” means Diaphorina citri Kuwayama.

(3) “Commissioner” means the commissioner of agriculture.

(4) “Citrus” means:

(A) a citrus plant;

(B) a part of a citrus plant, including trees, limbs, flowers, roots, and leaves; or

(C) citrus products.

(5) “Citrus greening” means the disease caused by the Asian citrus psyllid.

(6) “Citrus producer” means a person who grows citrus and receives or intends to receive income from the sale of citrus. The term includes an individual who as owner, landlord, tenant, or sharecropper is entitled to share in the citrus grown and available for marketing from a farm or to share in the proceeds from the sale of the citrus from the farm. The term includes a person who owns land that is primarily used to grow citrus and that is appraised based on agricultural use under Chapter 23, Tax Code, regardless of whether the person receives income from the sale of citrus, and there is an irrebuttable presumption that the person intends to receive income from the sale of citrus.

(7) “Suppression” means control of the numbers and migration of a pest to the extent that the commissioner does not consider further management of the pest necessary to prevent economic loss to citrus producers.

(8) “Pest management zone” means a geographic area designated by the commissioner in accordance with Section 80.005 in which citrus producers by referendum approve their participation in a citrus pest control program.

(9) “Corporation” means the Texas Citrus Pest and Disease Management Corporation, Inc., a Texas nonprofit corporation.

(10) “Host” means a plant or plant product in which a pest is capable of completing any portion of its life cycle.

(11) “Infested” means the presence of a pest in any life stage or the existence of generally accepted evidence from which it may be concluded with reasonable certainty that a pest is present.

(12) “Integrated pest management” means the coordinated use of pest and environmental information with available pest control methods, including pesticides, natural predator controls, cultural farming practices, and climatic conditions, to prevent unacceptable levels of pest damage by the most economical means and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment.

(13) “Regulated article” means an article carrying or capable of carrying a pest, including citrus plants, nursery plants, citrus rootstock, or other hosts.

(14) “Disease” means an impairment of the normal state of citrus, caused by a virus or organism, that interrupts or modifies the performance of vital functions in citrus. The term includes citrus greening.

(15) “Pest” means a virus or organism that causes disease or other damage to citrus and that is designated by commissioner rule for suppression under this chapter. The term includes the Asian citrus psyllid.

Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 506 (S.B. 1016), Sec. 10.01, eff. September 1, 2009.

Amended by:

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 924 (H.B. 1494), Sec. 5.01, eff. September 1, 2013.

Acts 2015, 84th Leg., R.S., Ch. 29 (S.B. 1749), Sec. 3, eff. September 1, 2015.

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