MDA awards $150,000 to combat noxious weeds

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. The Minnesota Soybean Growers Association has advocated for these funds.

2024 Grant Award Recipients 

OrganizationCountyAward AmountProject Title
Anoka Conservation DistrictAnoka$14,530Early Detection Noxious Weed Control in Anoka County
Becker SWCDBecker$9,0002024 Becker County Noxious Weed and Invasive Plant Grant
Carlton SWCDCarlton$15,000Battling Invasives in City of Cloquet
Cass CountyCass$15,000Japanese and Hybrid Knotweed Control and Outreach
Fillmore CountyFillmore$15,000Fillmore County Noxious and Invasive Weed Control
Fillmore SWCDFillmore$15,000Treatment of Bohemian Knotweed on Maple Creek
Prairie Island Indian CommunityN/A$14,000Prairie Island Indian Community Amur Maple and Rangeland Management
Scott SWCDScott$15,000Scott CWMA Noxious Weed Management
St. Louis County Public WorksSt. Louis$15,000St. Louis County Ramps Up the Fight Against Knotweed and Parsnip
Stearns CountyStearns$5,000Stearns County FY24 Noxious Weed and Invasive Plant Grant
Washington Conservation DistrictWashington$15,000Noxious Weed Management


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