Goehring appoints noxious weed specialist

BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has appointed Chelsey Penuel as a noxious weed management specialist in the North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA).

“Chelsey did excellent work for the department as a summer intern and she has valuable fieldwork and research experience,” Goehring said.  “I believe she will be an effective leader in North Dakota's efforts to control noxious and invasive weeds.”

A native of Fargo, Penuel graduated from Minnesota State University, Moorhead, MN, with a degree in biology. She worked as a noxious weeds technician and pest survey technician for NDDA in the summers of 2011 and 2012, before joining the North Dakota State University Williston Research Extension Center as an agronomy research specialist.

In her new position, Penuel will help city and county weed authorities with compliance and enforcement of the noxious weed act, conduct complaint or quarantine inspections, and maintain the state noxious weed list. She will also conduct and promote integrated pest management through the use of biological control agents and conduct education and provide technical assistance for the proper identification, prevention, detection, and control of noxious weeds.

She will report to Carrie Larson, director of NDDA's Plant Industries Division.