Invasive plant species are harmful to both our environments and our agricultural operations. Uncontrolled populations take over pastures and natural areas and choke out desirable vegetation. If left uncontrolled, they have direct negative impacts on biodiversity, wildlife habitat, and ecological functions. Invasive species also reduce forage stand quality and quantity if left unmanaged.
The Invasive Plant Biocontrol & Targeted Grazing BMP focuses on large infestations (12 acres or more) where herbicide applications are not practical or environmentally feasible. This BMP provides support for producers to use integrated non-herbicide controls, such as targeted small-ruminant grazing or insect biocontrol, on approved weeds.
This BMP is a cost-share of 50% up to a maximum of $40,000 for targeted small-ruminant grazing and $5,000 for insect biocontrol. Preapproval is required and all applications must have an Integrated Weed Management Plan. Applications for targeted grazing also require a Targeted Grazing Management Plan.
Contact your local AETS technician for more information or to apply!