Weed control officers to gather in Mandan

BISMARCK – Weed control officials from across the state will be in Mandan, Tuesday through Thursday, Jan. 8-10, for the 2013 North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner's Weed Forum and the annual meeting of the North Dakota Weed Control Association (NDWCA).  The Forum will be held on Tuesday, January 8.

The meetings take place at the Best Western Seven Seas Hotel, 2611 Old Red Trail.

“This is an opportunity for the North Dakota Department of Agriculture to discuss issues and program updates with city and county weed officers and weed board members, as well as North Dakota State University weed scientists and federal weed control personnel,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. “The event focuses on developing cooperative programs and strategies to provide weed control more efficiently and economically. The event also provides a great opportunity for networking, a key component to every successful program.”

The morning session at the commissioner's forum on Tuesday is geared for new weed officers and includes presentations on state funding programs, mapping and enforcement.

Dave Hirsch, North Dakota State Plant Health Director for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of USDA, will discuss the history and current state of bio-control efforts to control leafy spurge, and Greta Gramig, assistant professor of weed science at North Dakota State University, will update members on the latest research into biocontrol agents for Canada thistle.

A panel of veteran weed officers will discuss successful weed control projects in their counties.

Goehring will address the group and announce the winner of the Weed Control Partner of the Year award at 4 p.m.

All forum sessions on January 8 are open to the public.

More information on the NDWCA convention is available at http://www.ndweeds.homestead.com/.

A non-profit organization that encourages education and awareness in weed management, the NDWCA provides a liaison among city and county weed boards, weed control officers, groups, organizations, agencies, companies and individuals with weed management programs.