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May 2017

MWCA Western Area Council Combined Crew Training | Ronan, MT

May 17 at 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

Ronan Community Center
300 3rd Ave, Ronan, MT
May 17, 2017
9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Registration:  MWCA member: $30.00 per person (includes lunch)   Non-Member: $40.00 per person (includes lunch)

This opportunity is open to all government/regulatory applicators, commercial/private applicators and field crews. Please contact individuals and agencies that may wish to participate. Re-certification credits will be offered!

Online Registration

Registration Form (Hardcopy Fax or Email) 

9:00-9:05                 Registration – Becky Kington | Welcome Christy Schram
9:05-9:15                 Rush skeletonweed Taskforce Update – Dan Williams (Lincoln Coordinator)
9:15-10:15               Calibration-Packs and ATV – Dave Brink (Learn the Dave Brink method of calibrating your spray equipment)
10:15-10:45            Is it a Native or a Bad Weed? How to Tell the Difference Between Native and Noxious – Kellieann Morris (Ravalli Coordinator)
11:00-11:45            Weed Information and Identification: Bring a Potted Weed and Identify them – Dave Brink (Mineral Coordinator)
11:45-12:30            Lunch – Pablo Foods (BBQ beef, baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw, & cakes)
12:30-1:30               Shop & Respirator Safety: What are the Regulations? Mt. Dept. of Labor and industries
1:45-2:45                 ATV Safety: Safety Training Specific to Operating ATV’s – Page Gough (Ravalli Airport Manager)
2:45-3:30                 Personal Exposure: How do you Keep Yourself Safe from Chemical Exposure? – Kima Caddell (MT Dept. of Agriculture)
3:30-3:45                 Weed Free Fire Protocol Update: Update on the New Fire Camp Certification for Weed Free Fire Camps – Steve Shelly/Kellieann Morris
3:45-4:00                 Herbicides and the Environment: Information on How Herbicides can Affect the Environment Kima Caddell (MT Dept. of Agriculture, Region 1 Forest Service and Ravalli Coordinator)
4:00-4:30                 EDDMaps: Training and Update on EDDMaps Jasmine Reimer (MT Dept. of Agriculture)

The course has been APPROVED by the Montana Department of Agriculture for the following credits:

10 – Dealer: 6
30 – Agricultural Plant Pest Control: 6
33 – Forest Pest Control: 3
37 – Right of Way Pest Control: 6
39 – Demonstration & Research Pest Control: 6
44 – Special Utility: 6
55 – Regulatory Weed: 6
60 – Private Agricultural Pest Control: 6

The 3rd Annual Dalmatian Toadflax Biocontrol Work Day

May 24

The 3rd Annual Dalmatian Toadflax Biocontrol Work Day is coming up on May 24 at the National Bison Range. It is a great opportunity to get out and explore a part of the National Bison Range that isn’t open to the public and help them collect and move large numbers of these biocontrol agents. Here is an informational flyer.

If you are interested in attending or if you have any questions please contact Melissa at 406-258-4223 or RSVP IS REQUIRED, we are providing transportation around the Bison Range and lunched for participants.

Thank you,
Melissa Maggio-Kassner
MT Biocontrol Coordinator

County Spray Crew Recertification Spring Training | Chouteau County Fairgrounds

May 25 at 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
County Spray Crew Recertification Spring Training
 May 25, 2017
 4H Building, Chouteau County Fairgrounds (South end of Main Street)
 Ft. Benton, MT

Early Registration: $20 (includes lunch)                       Late Registration (after May 16): $25

Registration Form

Liberty County is handling registration for the Training. Please fax, mail or email completed registration to:
Jim Ghekiere
Liberty County Weed District
PO Box 451
Chester, MT 59522


8:00 – 8:30: Coffee
8:30 – 9:15: Calibrating Spray Equipment – Jim Ghekiere, Liberty/Toole County Weed Districts
9:15 – 10:00: Montana Pesticide Rules & Regulations – Michaela Hystad, Montana Department of Agriculture
10:00 – 10:15: Break
10:15 – 10:45: Personal Protective Equipment – Pam Converse, Pondera County Weed District
10:45 – 11:30: Noxious Weed Identification: Noelle Orloff, Montana State University Schutter Diagnostic Lab
11:30 – 12:15: Turn Around/Look Around, Environmental Awareness for the Spray Applicator: Trent Brusseau, Dow AgroSciences
12:15 – 1:00: Lunch (Provided)
1:00 – 1:45: Chemical Modes of Action/Advances in Weed Control: Steve Saunders, Bridger AgVentures/Bayer Vegetation Management
1:45 – 2:30: Drift Awareness and Minimizing Off-Target Impacts: Jim Gordon, CPS
2:30 – 3:00: Rangeland & Roadside Weed Management Options: Steve Saunders, Bayer CropScience
3:00 – 3:15: Understanding Labels & SDS Sheets: Darren Crawford, Fergus County MSU Extension
3:30 – 4:00: Mixing & Loading of Pesticides – Tyler Lane, Chouteau County MSU Extension


This course has been approved for Commercial & Governmental Pesticide Applicator recertification points through the Montana Department of Agriculture in the following categories:
10-Dealer (6), 30-Agricultural Plant Pest Control (6), 37-Right of Way Pest Control (6), 39-Demonstration & Research Pest Control (6), 55-Regulatory Weed (6), 60-Private Agricultural Pest Control (6).

2017 Southwestern Area Crew Training | Whitehall, MT

May 30 at 8:00 am - June 1 at 4:30 pm

Whitehall Community Center
Whitehall, MT 59759

May 30, 31 and June 1, 2017

Registration: $20.00 per person
$25.00 per person with First Aid Course

Register Online

The following course has been APPROVED by the Montana Department of Agriculture – Pesticide Training Program:
10 – Dealer     6
37 – Right of Way Pest Control     6
39 – Demonstration & Research Pest Control     6
55 – Regulatory Weed     6

June 2017

Medusahead and Ventenata Field Tour | Sheridan Research and Extension Center, Sheridan, WY

June 14 at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Sheridan Research and Extension Center in Sheridan, WY
June 14, 2018
10:00 am

Tour Flyer

We will focus on the newest invaders in Wyoming – medusahead and ventenata – and give participants a chance to see these grasses in a field setting so they can develop a search image of their own. We will discuss ongoing efforts and plans to move forward with these two species.

Registration is free and lunch will be provided. We ask you to register in advance so we can plan appropriately for food and travel needs. Please share this information with anyone you think would be interested in attending.

Current Cheatgrass Management | Saratoga, WY

June 22 at 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

Saratoga Platte Valley Chamber of Commerce
210 West Elm Street
Saratoga, WY 82331

June 22, 2018 | 9:00 am

Cheatgrass Tour Flyer

Current cheatgrass management research including management-scale treatments with liquid and granular imazapic and D7 Pseudomonas bacteria. We will discuss ongoing efforts to identify management thresholds for this widespread and impactful species. We will meet in Saratoga at 9 am on June 22 to go to the field sites.

Registration is free and lunch will be provided. We ask you to register in advance so we can plan appropriately for food and travel needs. Please share this information with anyone you think would be interested in attending.

July 2017

Weed Control 101 | Public, Private, Commercial Applicator’s Class

July 8

Weed & grass identification, herbicides & spraying, biocontrol and more
July 8
9:00 Am
The Art Building at the Hamilton Fairgrounds


Weed Control 101

9:00-9:45 – Weed Identification (K. Morris)- Learn key characteristics of common noxious weeds
9:45-10:15 – Reading a chemical label (T. Moon)- Learn to read a chemical label so you apply the right product at the right rate at the right time in the right situation
10:15-10:30 Break
10:30-11:00 – Personal Safety PPE (Steffany Rogge) – Learn to protect yourself from exposure of products
11:00– 11:30 – Chemical— Mixing and loading safely – (T.Moon) Being safe with chemical is important. Protect yourself, the environment, equipment and more
11:30-12:00 – Native and Wildflower (plants to protect (S. Pease)- Is that White top or Yarrow? Learn the good plants and how to protect them
12:00-12:30 Lunch (provided)
12:30-1:30 – Calibration of Backpacks (Dave Brink)- If a little chemical is good a lot is NOT better, learn to calibrate your sprayer. Bring your personal sprayer for calibration assistance
1:30-2:00 – Bio-control Identification and options (Christy Schram) – Bugs, bugs, and more bugs. Learn to identify bio-control and what options are available for knapweed, toadflax, St. Johnswort, and leafy spurge
2:00-3:00 – ATV/UTV Calibration (Dave Brink)- Calibration of boom sprayers
3:00-3:30 – Organic– Non Chemical options (Stacy Pease/ Homestead Organics)- Respecting your neigh-bors and protecting the organic farms Learn the good plants and how to protect them
3:30-4:00 Grass Identification (Patrick Mangan)-Revegetation for a healthy plant community: grass spe-cies selection and considerations
4:00-4:15 – Financial help—Grants and cost share programs Available

CSU Field Tour – Cheatgrass | Fort Collins, CO

July 13

You are invited to attend a cheatgrass tour at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO on July 13.

This tour will show you all the competitive options to control cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) on rangeland. The tour is co-sponsored by numerous companies and CSU. The demonstration plots and large area treatments have been out for the past 4 years. We will also be viewing some bare ground treatments, as well. Check out this poster for all the details.

If you are interested in offering cheatgrass management solutions to you customers, this will be the opportunity to see many of the different control options on the market today. Please let me know if you can make it. We will meet for the tour on July 13 and meals will be provided.

Steve Saunders
Bridger AgVentures, LLC
Consultant for Bayer Crop Science in MT & WY
(406) 580-1027

Medusahead Tour – July 24 | Rush Skeletonweed Survey – July 25 & 26

July 24 at 8:00 am - July 26 at 5:00 pm

Medusahead Tour, July 24

Rush Skeletonweed Survey, July 25 & 26

Pablo, MT


Please RSVP by July 14: Dan Williams, Cell 406-293-0651,

August 2017

MDA Noxious Weed Trust Fund Grants Due

August 1 at 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

Now Accepting Grant Applications – Apply by January 6, 2018

Local Cooperative . Research . Education/Development Projects

Additional information: Noxious Weed Trust Fund Grants

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