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Ep. 019: Protecting National Lands with Certified Noxious Weed Free Forage and Straw


Dr. Tania Cubitt


Hailing originally from Australia, Dr. Tania Cubitt is one of Standlee’s resident nutrition experts, with both technical and practical life experience. She has a PhD in Equine Nutrition and Reproduction from Virginia Tech and raises black angus cattle, along with a few goats in Virginia.

Katy Starr


From the western state of Idaho, Katy Starr works as a marketing consultant for Standlee Premium Western Forage, focusing on nutritional content. She has a bachelor’s degree in animal science and agribusiness from the University of Idaho, and partners with her husband in raising a small commercial cattle herd and their three girls.

Episode Details

Co-host Katy Starr chats with Dr. Stephen Duren, Ph.D., MS, PAS about what certified noxious weeds are and why are they so bad for the environment.

Episode Notes

On this episode, co-host Katy Starr chats with Dr. Stephen Duren, Ph.D., MS, PAS about:  


• What are noxious weeds and why are they so bad for the environment?

• How can certified noxious weed free forage and straw help minimize the takeover of noxious weeds?

• How do horses and other livestock out on national lands unintentionally spread noxious weeds?


And so much more! Dr. Duren has some first-hand knowledge working in national lands back country and shares why they decided to implement a federal program to protect our national lands from noxious weeds.  


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University Research:

13:40 – The research Dr. Duren mentions about the viability of weed seeds with different processes e.g. can a weed seed go through the digestive system of a horse, pass through the manure and still grow




Additional Resources:

  1. “Certified Weed Free Forages: Why Are They Important?” blog post -
  2. “Certified Noxious Weed Free” (What Is It and How Does the Certification Process Work?) -


Where to Find Certified Noxious Weed Free Forage or Straw:


What Standlee Products are Certified Noxious Weed Free?



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