Informational Meetings Scheduled To Fight Invasive Plant In Florida Parishes

BATON ROUGE – The Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) is implementing a new Cogongrass Treatment Program for Livingston, Washington, St. Helena, St. Tammany and Tangipahoa parishes. 

Cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica) is native to Asia and has spread to every continent but Antarctica. It is regulated as a federal noxious weed. It is also included on the latest list of the world’s top ten worst weeds, amassed by the Global Invasive Species Database

The LDAF and the LSU AgCenter have scheduled landowner meetings to help educate the public about cogongrass. Topics of discussion include: why it is a problem, how to identify it, strategies to control it, and available assistance in managing cogongrass. 

For forest landowners, cogongrass infestations can affect new tree growth and wildlife habitat plants. For cattle and hay farmers, cogongrass provides poor forage. 

“Cogongrass can be found just about anywhere in Southeast Louisiana and it is very difficult to get rid of. Our goal is to educate people on how to identify it and control it,” said Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M. 

Two meetings are currently scheduled: 

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

6:30 p.m. 

LSU AgCenter SE Research Station

41217 Bethel Rd.

Franklinton, La.

 

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

6:30 p.m. 

Kentwood Co-op

74219 Highway 1054

Kentwood, La.

 

For more information on the cogongrass workshops or to register, email Whitney Wallace at wwallace@agcenter.lsu.edu.

 

The meeting is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.