ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Department of Agriculture awarded $537,000 to different projects across the state to combat noxious weeds.

The Noxious Weed and Invasive Plant Grants were given to cities, counties, townships, conservation districts and tribal nations. The money is to be used for the purchase of 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 and environment. There are currently 48 plants on Minnesota’s noxious weed list.

Twenty-three projects were awarded up to $10,000 to be spent in one year to support local activity, while 12 projects were awarded between $10,000 and $50,000 to be spent over two years to promote collaboration with entities within and outside their jurisdictions.

The MDA anticipates another $100,000 will be available through the program next year, and the request for proposals will be released in September and grants will be awarded in 2021.

To learn more about the program, visit the MDA website.