The North Dakota Soybean Growers Association made a formal request to the North Dakota Agriculture Department earlier this year to add Palmer amaranth on the noxious weed list. This spring, there was some push back on adding the weed to the list. Executive Director Nancy Johnson says staffing requirements and other challenges at the agriculture department could be part of the hesitation. “Without it becoming a huge problem, the weed was hard to add to the list at the time. I’m assuming the agriculture commissioner put that on his reconsideration list.” Palmer amaranth is currently on Minnesota’s noxious weed list. However, the weed is not on South Dakota or Nebraska’s list.