USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIs) is dedicating the month of April to increasing public awareness of invasive plant pests, diseases, and harmful weeds and the damage they create for American agriculture. USDA has a website with information about the invasive species problem and methods for preventing their further spread.

Landowners and farmers may want to discuss how they can work together to prevent both short and long-term damage inflicted by invasive species. The HungryPests website has this to offer for farmers and ranchers.

America’s farm fields and pasture lands are the final battle line in the fight against Hungry Pests. The stakes are high and the responsibility to know the right things to do to help take care of all the great natural and agricultural resources that we have are enormous. Please do your part.

  • Learn to identify the invasive species in your area.
  • Report any sightings to your county extension agent orlocal USDA office. The sooner invasive species are detected, the easier and cheaper it is to control them.
  • Clean your boots, gear, truck bed, tires, and harvesting equipment after working a site to make sure you are not spreading seeds, insects, or spores to a new location.
  • Be sure to control invasive plants along fencerows, ditches, and other areas adjacent to fields.
  • Always use weed-free hay and feed for your animals.

The site provides additional tips for outdoor enthusiasts, gardeners, and others.