The Saskatchewan government has unveiled a comprehensive plan to combat agricultural pests this year.
Agriculture minister Lyle Stewart says 2.85 million dollars will be used to battle noxious weeds, plant diseases, rats and beavers.
He says six part-time and six full time plant health officers will be hired to help farmers control pests.
Rebate programs are cost-shared up to 50 percent and help pay for herbicides, bait to control rats and remove troublesome beavers.
The pest biosecurity federal-provincial program will be administered through the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities.