The MDA has found the invasive weed Palmer amaranth can enter and spread through Minnesota in screenings.

Screenings are the byproducts of seed processing and are obtained through the cleaning of grains. Screenings are commonly sold and used as animal feed, roughage, and bedding and can consist of many kinds of grain byproducts.

We ask livestock producers to complete this brief, voluntary survey to get a better understanding of the use, types, and origin of screenings.

Please help us reduce the risk of Palmer amaranth in Minnesota.

Any information you provide as part of this survey will be used to assist MDA research and assess farm practices and how they relate to the spread of palmer amaranth across Minnesota. Participation is voluntary; you are under no legal obligation to provide MDA with any of the requested information. As a participant in the survey, your email address will be classified by Minnesota law as private data. If you opt to provide your farm registration number, MDA will have access to your name, address, phone number, and business location, which will also be classified as private or nonpublic data in relation to this survey. Data that is classified as private or nonpublic will be viewed and used at MDA only by authorized employees and contractors that require access.

Unless you consent to its release, private and nonpublic data will be shared only with other entities authorized by law to receive the information and parties named in a valid court order. In some circumstances, MDA may be required to share the information with the Office of the Legislative Auditor or the Office of the State Auditor upon their request. In addition, private or nonpublic data may be shared with other government entities, such as law enforcement, or made public if the MDA determines that there is a substantive threat to human health and safety or to the environment, or that disclosing the data would aid in the law enforcement process. In the event of a legal action, this data may be shared with the Minnesota Office of the Attorney General.

Do you use feed that includes screenings or grain products that are likely to contain weed seeds?
What type of grain or screenings do you use as feed?
What type of grain or screenings do you use as feed?
Do you use roughage that includes screenings or grain products that are likely to contain weed seeds?
What type of grain or screenings do you use as roughage?
What type of grain or screenings do you use as roughage?
Do you use bedding that includes screenings or grain products that are likely to contain weed seeds?
What type of grain or screenings do you use as bedding?
What type of grain or screenings do you use as bedding?
Are the screenings or grain that you use for feed, roughage, and/or bedding produced in or out of Minnesota?
Approximately how many tons of screenings do you purchase annually?
Do you use hay and/or straw?
Does your hay/straw come from in Minnesota or out of Minnesota?
Are you willing to send in a sample of your screenings?
Will you provide your feedlot registration number?
What type of livestock do you have?
What type of livestock do you have?