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18.79 DUTIES OF COMMISSIONER.
    Subdivision 1. Enforcement. The commissioner of agriculture shall administer and enforce
sections 18.76 to 18.88.
    Subd. 2. Authorized agents. County agricultural inspectors may administer and enforce
sections 18.76 to 18.88.
    Subd. 3. Entry upon land. To administer and enforce sections 18.76 to 18.88, county
agricultural inspectors and local weed inspectors may enter upon land without consent of the
owner and without being subject to an action for trespass or any damages.
    Subd. 4. Rules. The commissioner may adopt necessary rules under chapter 14 for the
proper enforcement of sections 18.76 to 18.88.
    Subd. 5. Order for control or eradication of noxious weeds. A county agricultural
inspector or a local weed inspector may order the control or eradication of noxious weeds on
any land within the state.
    Subd. 6. Initial training for control or eradication of noxious weeds. The commissioner
shall conduct initial training considered necessary for weed inspectors in the enforcement of the
Noxious Weed Law. The director of the Minnesota Extension Service may conduct educational
programs for the general public that will aid compliance with the noxious weed law.
    Subd. 7. Meetings and reports. The commissioner shall designate by rule the reports that
are required to be made and the meetings that must be attended by weed inspectors.
    Subd. 8. Prescribed forms. The commissioner shall prescribe the forms to be used by weed
inspectors in the enforcement of sections 18.76 to 18.88.
    Subd. 9. Injunction. If the county agricultural inspector applies to a court for a temporary or
permanent injunction restraining a person from violating or continuing to violate sections 18.76 to
18.88, the injunction may be issued without requiring a bond.
    Subd. 10. Prosecution. On finding that a person has violated sections 18.76 to 18.88, the
county agricultural inspector may start court proceedings in the locality in which the violation
occurred. The county attorney may prosecute actions under sections 18.76 to 18.88 within the
county attorney's jurisdiction.
    Subd. 11.[Repealed, 2004 c 228 art 1 s 76]
    Subd. 12. Noxious-weed-free forage and mulch certification agency. The official
certification agency for noxious-weed-free forage and mulch shall be determined by the
commissioner of agriculture in consultation with the director of the Minnesota agricultural
experiment station.
History: 1986 c 444; 1992 c 500 s 5; 1997 c 216 s 27; 2003 c 128 art 3 s 15-20