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Published May 11, 2009, 07:33 AM

Weed-free inspector training begins

The state Agriculture Department and North Dakota State University are starting inspector training for a new statewide system to certify hay as being free of weeds.

BISMARCK (AP) — The state Agriculture Department and North Dakota State University are starting inspector training for a new statewide system to certify hay as being free of weeds.

North Dakota lawmakers approved the system during the session that just ended.

The legislation was aim-ed at clarifying a law the state Agriculture Depart-ment said was cum-bersome, vague and poss-ibly illegal. The agency stopped certifying weed-free inspectors last year.

Training sessions are Monday in Dickinson, Thursday in Carrington and May 18 in Minot.

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