House supports Bairdís bill to help control invasive weeds

House supports Bairdís bill to help control invasive weeds

Posted by: Brenda Holmes  | Tuesday, February 19, 2019

STATEHOUSE (Feb. 19, 2019) – The Indiana House of Representatives unanimously voted in support of State Rep. Beau Baird’s (R-Greencastle) bill helping Hoosiers fight harmful and invasive weeds.

Farmers are battling herbicide resistant, super weeds that require extremely expensive specialized treatment plans to eradicate. Baird said ensuring these plants are identified and eradicated quickly will save the state and farmers money.

Baird said his proposal, backed by the Indiana Farm Bureau, would make managing and destroying harmful weeds easier by aligning the state’s noxious weeds list with the detrimental plants list. He said current law lists five plants on the detrimental plant list, which applies to residential areas, and 12 plants on the noxious weeds list. His bill would combine the lists so that land owners can better identify and eradicate these invasive species.

“Many invasive weeds can harm Hoosier agriculture if they are left unchecked,” Baird said. “My bill would add several harmful weeds to the detrimental plants lists, which would require them to be destroyed, and allow for better noxious weed control.”

Baird, member of the House Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development, said the weeds that will be added to the list of detrimental plants are common waterhemp, marestail, palmer amaranth, poison hemlock, powell amaranth, rough pigweed and smooth pigweed.

House Bill 1492 will now move to the Senate for consideration. Visit iga.in.gov to learn more about the legislation.

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State Rep. Beau Baird (R-Greencastle) represents House District 44, which includes

all of Putnam County and portions of Clay, Morgan, Owen and Parke counties.

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PHOTO CAPTION: State Rep. Beau Baird (R-Greencastle) presents his legislation to help Hoosiers fight harmful an invasive weeds Monday, Feb. 18, 2019, in the House Chamber. House Bill 1492 passed unanimously out of the House and can now be considered by the Senate.