There are now six Minnesota counties that have reported Palmer amaranth, the most recent being Redwood and Jackson counties. Minnesota Department of Agriculture Noxious Weed Program Supervisor, Tony Cortilet, says Minnesota is focusing on educating farmers and landowners. “It is going to be tough to stop Palmer amaranth from moving across states because agriculture doesn’t work inside of a bubble.” Palmer was added to Minnesota’s noxious weed list in 2014 as an emergency listing, even though they didn’t have the weed yet. When the weed was found in 2016, the MDA could act quickly. Cortilet thinks Palmer amaranth should be added to North Dakota’s noxious weed list if there’s a good program structure and listing procedure in place.
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