By Associated Press - Sunday, April 26, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Department of Agriculture is hosting a free training workshop for forage inspectors.

State Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says the course and its final examination are required for current inspectors and anyone interested in getting certified as an inspector.

The course will address inspection procedures as well as national and state lists of designated noxious weed and undesirable plant species.

Goehring says inspectors are needed to help producers of weed seed-free forage meet the growing demand for certified hay, straw and mulch. He says the state Agriculture Department now has 18 forage inspectors under contract.

The workshop is scheduled for Tuesday at the Northern Great Plains Research Center in Mandan.

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