Controlling Weed Spreading

Res #: 17-02M
Number: 17
Year: 2002
Midterm: Yes
Expired: Yes
Responses Received: No

Resolution No. 17-02M

WHEREAS, the costs associated with the control and elimination of weeds on agriculture properties is ever increasing; and

WHEREAS, the current economic state of agriculture is such that it cannot sustain any more additional costs; and

WHEREAS, some of these weeds are being transferred to properties by commercial grain truckers cleaning out their trailers along public roadways;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that SARM lobby the Provincial Government and the Provincial Trucking Association to stop the practice of cleaning out trailers along provincial roadways. 

Response From Honourable Clay Serby:

Under The Noxious Weeds Act, it is illegal to travel on public roadways with vehicles of machinery with noxious weeds adhering to them. Trucks are supposed to be cleaned of noxious weeds at the location where the grain is unloaded.

Saskatchewan Agriculture, Food and Rural Revitalization (SAFRR) will be working with the Saskatchewan Trucking Association (STA) this winter to develop an educational program to alert truckers to the negative consequences of cleaning out their grain trucks along roadways.

SAFRR will also be reviewing The Noxious Weeds Act prior to 2004, at which time the fines for contravening the Act will be re-assessed.