Invasive species like noxious weeds can be a serious problem for farmers. They can spread rapidly, become impossible to control once they've spread, decrease crop and livestock production and ultimately decrease the value of land. Brenda Sievers, Plant Industry Program Manager for the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, is here to help.
In partnership with the Association of South Dakota County Weed and Pest Boards and the South Dakota Weed and Pest Commission, Sievers came from Huron to the Black Hills Stock Show to try and help farmers identify and eradicate weeds and pests they find on their property. The idea, she explained, is to get the message out before spring arrives and farmers begin planting season.
People come up to her stand asking what she's selling, Sievers said, and she tries to use the opportunity to explain her cause.
"We're not selling anything," she said. "We're just here for information."
Sievers said the Weed and Pest Commission has been coming to the Stock Show for at least 15 years. They also travel to the Sioux Empire Farm Show, Watertown Winter Farm Show, Dakotafest, and the South Dakota State Fair.