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Weed Department

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Randy Gaebe Weed Control Officer

PHONE: (701) 523-4902

104 1st St NW
Bowman, ND 58623

Bowman County Weed Department

The Bowman County Weed Board is made up of 3 members appointed by the County Commission. The Weed Board hires a Weed Control Officer, a position held by Randy Gaebe, who also works closely with landowners.

The job of the Weed Board and Weed Officer is to enforce the North Dakota Century Code noxious weed law. Please contact the office for more information about the Weed Board and the numerous programs aimed at helping landowners with noxious weeds.

The Weed Control office is located in the upper level of the Bowman County Courthouse.


Weed Department Minutes

June 02, 2016

Roll Call: George Buckmeier, Jeff Oakland, Jerid Janikowski, Gary Symanowski, Randy Gaebe

Vouchers for payment were approved by board members

Minutes of Previous Meeting were read and approved with a motion by George, seconded by Jerid. Motion carried.

Old Business:

Randy discussed advertizing programs including a brochure and cost share application mailings and advertisements placed in Finder and Eido Connect.


Discussion was held regarding the building obtained from airport authority.  The property title is still not transferred, however the Airport Authority has given permission to use the building, but not make alterations.  Randy installed new door lock, cleaned out trash, and is now parking pickup and trailer inside.


New Business:

Board members discussed noxious weeds controlled so far: leafy spurge, wormwood, houndstongue, Canada thistle.

Randy has secured an Early Detection, Rapid Response Grant through the ND Agriculture Department to assist landowners when finding leafy spurge, black henbane, houndstongue, and wormwood. The $11,000 grant provides 50% cost-share and allows use of in-kind contribution toward the match. 

The ND Agriculture Department and Bowman County Weed Board will conduct Weed Seed Free Forage Inspection through a Joint Powers Agreement. When certifying forage as weed seed free, all proceeds will go to Bowman County Weed Board. Jerid moved to sign Joint Powers agreement, George seconded the motion. Motion carried.

Targeted Assistance Grant funds of $5000 have been used toward the purchase of 240 quarts of Milestone herbicide to be sold for $20 per quart to Bowman County landowners and operators.

Meeting adjourned at 9:45 pm on a motion by George, seconded by Jerid. Motion Carried.


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Weed Department Meetings

Bowman County Weed Board meets the first Thursday of even numbered months in the Dakota Meeting Room at the Bowman County Courthouse beginning at 8:00 PM. See the Meeting Calendar to confirm upcoming meeting dates.

February 4, 2016
April 7, 2016
June 2, 2016
August 4, 2016
October 6, 2016
December 1, 2016

Weed Department Board

Jerid Janikowski President                    
Jeff Oakland Member
George Buckmeier Member