Gov. Mike Johanns declares June 4 to 10 as Noxious Weed Awareness Week in Nebraska.

The week symbolizes a time when many Nebraska farmers and landowners battle the invasive and spreading pest weeds.

"Noxious weed control is essential to the agricultural industry in Nebraska, because it protects property from profit-robbing pest weeds," said Nebraska Director of Agriculture Merlyn Carlson. "Every Nebraska county is working together to curb the spread of noxious weeds."

Six weeds are designated noxious in Nebraska: musk thistle, Canada thistle, plumeless thistle, spotted knapweed, diffuse knapweed and leafy spurge. Beginning Jan. 1, 2001, another plant--purple loosestrife--will be added to the noxious weed list.

The Department of Agriculture encourages the public to report noxious weed infestations to their county weed control authority. The county weed superintendent identifies each noxious weed and may assist in control measures.

For more information on the noxious weed program in Nebraska, contact the county weed superintendent or Mitch Coffin, Nebraska Department of Agriculture's Bureau of Plant Industry, at 402-471-2394.

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