Cost Share Program

For 2020 Spring or Fall Herbicide Applications

MEDIA ADVISORY

Contacts: Todd Harris, Betsy Crysel 545-3847


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nov. 22, 2019


Weed Board Cost Share signups begin Dec. 3


   The Franklin County Noxious Weed Control Board offers a landowner Cost Share on spring or fall herbicide applications intended to control certain species of high priority noxious weeds.

   The 2020 FCNWCB Cost Share Program will open for sign-ups on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, on a first-come first-served basis. Registration will close when a total of 4,000 acres has been proposed for treatment or on Jan. 31, 2020, whichever comes first.

   The purpose of the program is to target yellow starthistle, Scotch thistle, diffuse knapweed and rush skeletonweed in a coordinated effort across several property lines, particularly on rangelands or other undeveloped areas that have less potential for a profitable return. 

   “This will be our third year conducting this Cost Share, which has had good participation,” said FCNWCB program coordinator Todd Harris. “It’s a valuable program because it helps landowners defray the costs of weed control, which can get quite expensive, while at the same time greatly reducing the presence of noxious weeds in Franklin County.”

   The Weed Board encourages the use of aerial applications where appropriate. Herbicide applications will be cost-shared on a per-acre basis to be paid at the end of the spray season, spring or fall. 

   While rangeland is the highest priority land-use type for the program, other types may be considered such as Conservation Reserve Program lands, contingent on Farm Service Agency rules. 

   “The Cost Share helps gets us better weed control over larger areas. It also improves the Weed Board’s knowledge of the severity of infestations within those areas,” Harris said.

   Consultations and first-come first-served registrations will be conducted at the Franklin County Weed Board office at 502 Boeing Street in Pasco starting Tuesday, Dec. 3. Appointments are strongly encouraged, especially during the holiday season. Please call the Weed Board office at 545-3847. 

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