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Daugaard names May 'Noxious Weed Control Awareness Month'

PIERRE (AP) -- Gov. Dennis Daugaard says May is "Noxious Weed Control Awareness Month" in South Dakota. The designation is meant to emphasize the importance of managing noxious weeds that negatively impact agriculture, water quality and wildlife....

PIERRE (AP) - Gov. Dennis Daugaard says May is "Noxious Weed Control Awareness Month" in South Dakota.

The designation is meant to emphasize the importance of managing noxious weeds that negatively impact agriculture, water quality and wildlife.

The Department of Agriculture says it has implemented an aggressive weed management program to protect the state's lands.

For the past two years, the State Weed and Pest Control Commission has distributed $650,000 a year in grants to help counties and others combat weeds, with the same amount available in budget year 2017.

Ron Moehring is a state weed and pest supervisor. He says noxious weeds threaten the integrity of all lands in South Dakota and asks that residents report any new sightings.

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