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April 2017

MT Noxious Weed Realtor Training | Online

April 17 at 8:00 am - October 17 at 5:00 pm

Please forward to your Professional Realtor friends and contacts  —

  • The course is now open for registration!
  • Course description: The course is intended to provide realtors with a broad understanding of noxious weeds in order to direct both buyers and sellers to the appropriate resources to ensure that noxious weeds are managed appropriately and desired vegetation can abound. It will offer research-based integrated weed management tools and promote the multitude of weed resources that are available to potential clients and landowners in Montana.

The course consists of five modules: noxious weeds 101, plant anatomy and weed identification, weed identification, understanding Montana’s County Weed Control Act and integrated weed management. The course has obtained certification through the Association for Real Estate License Law Officials and the Montana Board of Realty Regulation and has been approved for four continuing education credits in the environmental issues category.

To promote this course and noxious weed education amongst the realtor community, a limited number of scholarships for free registration are available for realtors.

September 2017

Weed Whackers Ball | September 9 | Wise River Community Building

September 9

The Big Hole Basin Cooperative Weed Management Area invites you to our annual fundraising banquet

Saturday, September 9, 2017 in Wise River

Registration Form

Register On-line Now

The Big Hole Basin CWMA is a group dedicated to promoting awareness and management of noxious weeds in the Big Hole River Watershed. All funds from this event remain in the watershed to benefit our community-based noxious weed programs. The Big Hole Basin CWMA is a sub-committee of the Montana Weed Control Association.

Schedule of Events

5:00 pm – Social hour (featuring a no-host cash bar) & silent auction opens

6:00 pm(ish) – Buffet BBQ with salads and desserts

7:30 pm(ish) – Live Auction

Dillon Junior Fiddles will be providing entertainment!

Ticket prices on or before 9/2/2017

$30 per couple / $20 per individual / $10 per child (12 and under)

Prices after 9/2/2017 (including at the door)

$35 per couple / $25 per individual / $10 per child

For more information and to order tickets: (406) 925-1346 or

You can also reserve tickets online or print out additional copies of this form at:

If you are unable to attend, you can still support our efforts by making a cash donation or by donating items for the live and silent auctions. Please try to get your donations and/or auction items to us no later than Friday afternoon in Wise River. We genuinely appreciate your support and hope to see you on September 9 in Wise River.

Level 3 Noxious Weed Management Certification Workshop | Bozeman, MT

September 27 at 8:00 am - September 28 at 8:00 pm

The Level 3 Noxious Weed Management Certification Workshop is the final installment in a series of courses focused on weed biology, ecology, and management. This two day course is designed to benefit those new to weed management and experienced professionals, and participants must first complete Levels 1 and 2 in the series. Please see the attached preliminary agenda for details.

The Level 3 workshop is limited to 25 participants.

When: September 27-28, 2017. Registration required by Friday, September 15, 2017. Registration Form

Where: C’mon Inn, 6139 E, Valley Center Rd., Bozeman. A block of rooms has been reserved for the nights of Sept. 26 and 27 at $109 + tax for king rooms (1 bed) and $119 + tax for queen rooms (2 beds). To secure a room at this price, call 406-587-3555 by September 1, 2017, and refer to group name MSU Weed Management Certification Workshop.

Cost: The registration fee ($200) provides each attendee with course materials, supplies, transportation to/from field site, daily snacks and lunches, and assistance with take-home assignment. Group dinner on the evening of Wednesday, September 27, will be offered free-of-charge for those wishing to participate.

Please contact Stacy Davis at 406-994-6297 or with questions.

October 2017

2017 Fall Weed Manager Training

October 10 at 8:00 am - October 12 at 12:00 pm

Butte Copper King Inn
October 10 – 12, 2017

*** Block of rooms end September 10th,2017. Government rate is $94 a night. To reserve your room call 406-565-5001 – as for the MWCA Block ***

Early member registration @ $100                     At-the-door member registration @ $125
Early non-member registration @ $125               At-the-door non-member registration @ $145
Vendor registration @ $115 (Vendor registration includes an 8’ table)

Meals are included with registration, but if you are bringing a guest who is not registered for the event, they will have to pay extra for meals:
Extra lunch ticket for guest @ $20                         Extra dinner ticket for guest @ $30

Members please note you must login to your membership account to receive your member discounted rate.

Registration Form


Tuesday October 10

1:30 – 4:00 PM     Bus Tour to the Lady of the Rockies, Butte Plaza Mall ($18 per person)

2:00 – 6:00 PM     Annual Moon Cup Golf Tournament, Highlands Golf Course ($20 per person, includes cart)

6:30 PM                   Dinner on your own

Wednesday October 11

8:15 AM MWCA Updates
8:45 AM “Esplanade: Exceptional Bareground and Breakthrough Control of Annual Plants.”
Steve Saunders- Bridger AgVentures, LLC / Consultant for Bayer Crop Science in MT & WYPresident, Bridger AgVentures, LLC. Working part-time as consulting sales rep for Bayer Environmental Service providing sales support and stewarding of their IVM and R&P businesses in Montana and Wyoming. Also provide consulting services to other entities conducting rangeland inventory, resource assessment, mediation of groups for operational management and practices, manage and oversee weed control and vegetation management applications and projects, provide natural resource site assessments and utilization/planning documentation. Retired Rangeland Management Specialist, Dow AgroSciences 32 years. Worked with County Weed Districts, state and federal land management agencies, dealers, commercial applicators and ranchers and farmers across Montana, Idaho and Wyoming providing sales support and product stewardship. Bachelor of Science – Ag Production/Range Sciences, Montana State University, 1977Past-President, Montana Weed Control Association (1997)Certified Professional in Range Management – Society for Range ManagementPast-Chair of Society for Range Management’s Leadership Development Committee Past-Member of Montana State University’s Beef Advisory Committee representing Montana StockGrowers AssociationCo-author, “AUM Analyzer, A Tool for Evaluating Weed Management Using Forage Production and Stocking Rates” – EB 133, Montana State University Extension ServiceSteve will cover the new research and demonstration findings showing how Esplanade (Indaziflam) can save money by enhancing weed control programs.
9:30 Mel Shumway
10:15 Break
10:30 Montana Natural Heritage Program- Bryce Maxwell
12:00 Noon Working Lunch- Human Resource Issues- Michelle Puggari
2:15 PM Break


2:30 PM Bed Bugs:  Learn about bed bugs and how to detect them while traveling
Tom & Launa Benson- Extreme Weed & Pest ControlXtreme Weed & Pest Solutions is a family owned business based in Lake County but services all of North Western and South Central Montana. We specialize in all commercial and residential pest control needs including rodents, insects and weeds. Our team has over 35 years combined experience relating to weed and pest issues.Tom has been around agriculture his entire life, having been raised on a farm in the Mission Valley. He has worked in both retail and governmental agronomy positions for over 20 years. Tom started the business in 2006 and has been serving western Montana ever since. Our vast knowledge, expertise and ability to educate homeowners is what separates Xtreme Weed & Pest Solutions from other pest control companies.Launa “The Bug Lady” has been an exterminator full time with Xtreme Weed & Pest Solutions for 4 years. She also shares information about pests to schools and community events. Launa is passionate about horses and her family. She enjoys working with Tom and loves spending time with her kids and grandbabies.Tom and Launa will cover how to identify bed bugs and signs of them while traveling. This will be a very interactive, informative and educational program.
3:30 PM Sage Grouse Habitat Conservation Program
Carolyn Sime -Program Manager for the Montana Sage Grouse Habitat Conservation Program.She leads implementation of Montana’s Sage Grouse Conservation Strategy under the direction of the Office of the Governor and the Montana Sage Grouse Oversight Team. The Program is administratively attached to the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation for administrative purposes. She holds a B.S. degree in biology, and M.S. degree in fish and wildlife management from Montana State University, and is a licensed attorney. She studied sage grouse for her M.S. degree. She worked as a wildlife biologist for Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks for 20 years, 10 of which was devoted to leading development of the gray wolf program and Montana’s efforts to delist the wolf from the federal Endangered Species Act. Therese Hartman and Graham Neale also work in the Program and hold degrees in fish and wildlife and have approximately 30 years combined experience.The greater sage grouse was once a candidate for listing under the federal Endangered Species Act across its range in 11 western states. Montana and 10 other western states developed conservation strategies to conserve sage grouse and address threats caused by habitat fragmentation, development, and loss of sagebrush. These state commitments led the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to decide listing was not warranted in October, 2015. The Program implements Montana’s Strategy, which is comprised of the Greater Sage Grouse StewardshipAct, Executive Order 12-2015, and private land stewardship. A key focus is habitat conservation, including noxious weed control which is required both by state law and Executive Order 12-2015.  This presentation will provide an overview ofMontana’s Sage Grouse Conservation Strategy.
4:30 PM CPS Timberland- Jim/Clint
6:00 Supper

Morning, Thursday October 12

8:00 AM
8:30 AM-10:15AM “Putting the Super in Supervisor” – Blake Christenson, MSU Local Government Center Associate Director
10:15–10:30 AM Break
10:30 AM-NOON “Putting the Super in Supervisor”

 This training will apply for credits in the following categories:

(10) Pesticide Dealer, (30) Ag Plant Pest, (34) Ornamental & Turf Pest, (37) Right-of-Way, Rangeland, Pasture and Noncrop Pest, (39) Demonstration and Research Pest, (44) Special Utility,
(55) Regulatory Weed  –  Utilities ***     Dealer ****

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