What is the WSFF program?
The North Dakota Weed Seed Free Forage Program is a voluntary program in which producers may choose to have forage acreage inspected in order to use or sell forage as certified weed seed free forage or mulch. The forage acreage must be inspected no more than 10 days before harvest and meet standards set forth by the North American Invasive Species Management Association (NAISMA). Noxious weeds actively producing viable seed cannot be present in certified forage. The goal of this program is to mitigate the risk of spreading NAISMA and North Dakota noxious weeds by recreationalists and other land users.
Currently, North Dakota's State Parks, National Parks, as well as U.S. Forest Service lands, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Military Reservations, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife lands all require the use of certified forage. In addition, certified mulch may be required in bid contracts for projects such as road building and maintenance, erosion control, wind tower construction sites and pipeline projects.
Sellers and buyers of WSFF
Check out our lists of available WSFF for sale and buyers of WSFF. Also check with the agency where the forage will be used (Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, etc.) for a list of producers and/or vendors of WSFF of for a supply on hand.
How do you get forage certified?
Submit the Request to Inspect form (SFN 59075) to a WSFF inspector or the NDDA program contact.
WSFF inspectors may certify forage throughout the state:
- Jamen Windish
Valley City ND
701-845-0240, Cell 701-320-6011
- Les Simnioniw
South Heart ND
701-575-8813, Cell 701-290-4655
- Katie Clyde
- Corey Simnioniw
- Derrill Fick
701-852-1970, Cell 701-720-2436
- Heather Moser
WSFF inspectors restricted to the county listed:
- Bowman County - Randy Gaebe
- Cass County - Stanley L. Wolf
West Fargo ND
701-298-2388, Cell 730-6786
- McKenzie County - Amber Higgins
Watford City ND
701-842-4131 Home 208-634-8089
- Mountrail County - Jim Hennessy
Weed Free Gravel Information
The North Dakota Department of Agriculture does not have a Weed Free Gravel Program but we do encourage the voluntary use of NAISMA's Weed Free Gravel Standards. Find these standards and forms on NAISMA's website.