- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 24, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota’s Agriculture Department is holding field days at four sites around the state to collect and redistribute flea beetles that eat leafy spurge, one of the state’s worst weeds.

The first events were scheduled Wednesday near Jamestown in Stutsman County and Fryberg in Billings County. Other events are set July 1 near Medora in Billings County and July 6 at the Lake Tschida (SHY’-duh) Boy Scout Camp in Grant County.

Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says people who want flea beetles to release on their own property can collect them from the established populations at the field day sites. He says the bugs have proven effective in combatting leafy spurge infestations.

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