Soil and water conservation districts in Becker and Clay counties each received a $5,000 grant to help wage war on noxious weeds.
In Clay County, the SWCD is going after poison hemlock, and the Becker SWCD grant is for its 2021 Noxious Weed and Invasive Plant program.
In all, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture awarded $95,000 across the state: Twenty projects are being funded through the 2021 Noxious Weed and Invasive Plant 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 48 plants on Minnesota’s Noxious Weed List.
Grant projects were awarded up to $5,000 to be spent in one year to support local activity.
The MDA has awarded over $1 million since 2017 to local municipalities and tribal nations for projects that focus on noxious weeds throughout the state.