Noxious Weed Act
Res #: 1-21M
Responses Received: No
Departments: Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture
WHEREAS prohibited, noxious and nuisance weed management is a major concern for farmers and rural municipalities; and WHEREAS many rural municipalities (and producers) incur significant expenses to control the spread of weeds, including the cost of contracting a weed inspector and application of the chemical; and WHEREAS the issue with these weeds is sometimes more prevalent on organic farms; and WHEREAS if the weed inspector is not getting co-operation from the organic producer in managing weeds, the inspector can lodge a complaint with the certifying body and the complaint must be dealt with before certification of the crop can take place; and WHEREAS some certification bodies are more diligent than others; in many cases, years may pass before the certification body responds. BE IT RESOLVED that SARM lobby the Ministry of Agriculture to amend the legislation to require, that when the Municipality receives a signed letter of complaint regarding an infestation of prohibited, noxious and nuisance weeds on organic lands, the municipality shall notify the certification body to immediately inspect the lands and require the producer to take action to prevent the spread of the weeds.