The Division of Forestry at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has announced that the Cogongrass Treatment Cost-Share Program is accepting applications from non-industrial, private landowners through Friday, July 8.

The program, supported through a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service, offers assistance to non-industrial private landowners who conduct herbicide treatments to control cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica), a non-native grass that is regulated as a state and federal noxious weed.

“Cogongrass is considered one of the worst weeds in the world and it is a priority for Florida to eradicate this threat,” said Jim Karels, Director of the Division of Forestry.

“Cogongrass infestations increase the risk and effects of wildfires, degrade the quality of forests and rangelands and out-compete native vegetation. An aggressive treatment approach is needed for effective control of this invasive species.”

The program is available to 43 northern Florida counties. It offers reimbursement of 75 percent of the cost to treat cogongrass infestations with herbicide for two consecutive years, up to a maximum of $100 per acre per year.  

Qualified landowners may apply to treat up to a maximum of 100 acres of infested area. All qualifying applications received during the submission period will be evaluated and ranked for approval.

To obtain application forms and more information on program requirements and procedures, visit a local Division of Forestry office or www.fl-dof.com.