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MDA Awards $150,000 to Combat Noxious Weeds

Eleven projects are receiving funds

St. Paul, MN: The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has announced the recipients of its 2024 Noxious Weed and Invasive Plant Grant. Eleven projects totaling $150,000 were awarded though the grant.

The money awarded to cities, counties, townships, conservation districts, and tribal nations will be used to purchase equipment and supplies, conduct mapping and outreach activities, and hire private applicators to manage noxious weeds.

Noxious weeds are plants that have the potential or are known to be harmful to human or animal health, the environment, public roads, crops, livestock, or other property. There are currently 57 plants on Minnesota’s Noxious Weed List.

Grant projects were awarded up to $15,000 to be spent in one year to support local activity.

The MDA has awarded over $1,500,000 since 2017 to local municipalities and tribal nations for projects that focus on noxious weeds throughout the state.

2024 Grant Award Recipients

Organization County Award Amount Project Title

Anoka Conservation District Anoka $14,530 Early Detection Noxious Weed Control in Anoka County

Becker SWCD Becker $9,000 2024 Becker County Noxious Weed and Invasive Plant Grant

Carlton SWCD Carlton $15,000 Battling Invasives in City of Cloquet

Cass County Cass $15,000 Japanese and Hybrid Knotweed Control and Outreach

Fillmore County Fillmore $15,000 Fillmore County Noxious and Invasive Weed Control

Fillmore SWCD Fillmore $15,000 Treatment of Bohemian Knotweed on Maple Creek

Prairie Island Indian Community N/A $14,000 Prairie Island Indian Community Amur Maple and Rangeland Management

Scott SWCD Scott $15,000 Scott CWMA Noxious Weed Management

St. Louis County Public Works St. Louis $15,000 St. Louis County Ramps Up the Fight Against Knotweed and Parsnip

Stearns County Stearns $5,000 Stearns County FY24 Noxious Weed and Invasive Plant Grant

Washington Conservation District Washington $15,000 Noxious Weed Management

 

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