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September 2016

Weed Whackers Ball | September 10 | Wise River Community Building

September 10, 2016 at 5:00 am - 9:00 pm

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

Saturday, September 10, 2016 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 9/3/2016

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

Prices after 9/3/2016 (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 10 in Wise River.


Russian Olive Workshop | September 12-13, 2016

September 12, 2016 at 1:00 pm - September 13, 2016 at 12:00 pm

Celebrating 5 Years of Successful Russian Olive Removal and Restoration Research

Sponsored by: Northern Great Plains Section of SRM USDA-ARS, Miles City, MT Miles City Chamber of Commerce

Many areas on the Yellowstone River have converted to dense Russian olive stands, reducing their agricultural and ecological value. Controlling Russian olive is a multi-year commitment, with stump resprouting occurring up to two years post-removal and massive recruitment from seed after that. This event will provide an opportunity to learn about successful control and restoration.

Please RSVP by Sept. 7

For more info or to register, contact: Jennifer Muscha at 406-874-8223 or

Workshop Brochure

Registration Form

September 12 | Afternoon Talks ~ 1:00-5:00 pm (BBQ dinner to follow at 6PM):
Peter Lesica ~ “History and Ecology of Russian Olive in Montana
– Sharlene Sing ~ “Russian Olive and Wildlife
– Melissa Maggio ~ “Application of Biocontrol for Rangeland Weeds
– Erin Espeland ~ “Russian Olive Removal and Restoration”

September 13 | Field Demonstrations ~ 8:00 am – noon:
Cottonwood planting
Transplanting trees and shrubs
Russian olive removal with a tree shear
Missouri River Watershed Coalition
Conservation Innovation Grant

5-year recovery post-removal

MWCA Board of Directors Retreat

September 15, 2016 at 8:00 am - September 16, 2016 at 5:00 pm

Details TBA

MWCA Golf “Fore” Weeds Fundraiser

September 17, 2016 at 10:00 am - 9:00 pm

September 17, 2016
Rising Sun Golf Course
Emigrant, MT
10 AM Team Sign-in  |  11 AM Tee-off 

FLYER: 2016 Golf “Fore” Weeds  |  SPONSORSSign-up Now

Come out and golf a one-of-a-kind private golf course at Rising Sun south of Emigrant.This course will test your skills as a golfer, provide the one and only golfer’s view of Emigrant Peak and of course help raise funds for our Association to combat Montana’s greatest environmental threat: Noxious weeds.

►Fees are $125 per man or $500 per team | Limited to first 10 teams to register (No refunds unless scramble is cancelled))
►Tournament Registration information (fax or mail): MWCA Golf “Fore” Weeds Registration form.
►You can register online and pay by credit card here: Register Online.

All teams will have handicaps and the team with the best score will win the scramble. Each team will also start with 5 cards. Pars, birdies and eagles earn extra cards on 18 holes. The team with the best poker hand at the end of the scramble will win a secondary prize.

Tee prizes, noxious weed materials, Rising Sun golf t-shirts for all contestants, prizes for winning teams, hole-in-one opportunities for three holes, golf certificates, putting contest for $10,000, lunch, dinner and cart included in registration fee and the opportunity to play a fantastic course! Plan your game strategy, download The Rising Sun Golf Course app from Best Approach. Available at your app store.

Hole-in-one Prize: Polaris Ranger

New this year: Raffle to compete in a putting contest for $10,000. Five lucky winners will have a chance at big money!


Add your name to our sponsor list  – Sign-up Now

Cart Sponsor: Dow AgroSciences
Hole Sponsors: Park County Weed District
Hole-in-One sponsor: MWCA Board of Directors

If you’re interested in sponsoring this event (what a great idea!) you can read about our sponsorship benefits and options here: MWCA Golf “Fore” Weeds sponsor form. Or check back here soon for options to register and pay for sponsorship online! Contact Becky at the MWCA office for more information 684-5590.

October 2016

MWCA SW Area Council Fall Meeting

October 4, 2016 at 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Details TBA

2016 MWCA Fall Weed Manager Training

October 11, 2016 at 2:00 pm - October 13, 2016 at 12:00 pm

October 11 – 13, 2016
Fallon County Fairgrounds
Baker, MT


Register Online Now! or Print the Registration Form

PLEASE NOTE: The FIRST 40 people who sign up for this training get to register at the special $50 rate. This is due to special funding generously donated by the Fallon Commission. Get registered now for this reduced rate!

November 2016

Western Area Council Fall Meeting

November 2, 2016 at 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

When:  November 2, Wednesday from 10 am to 3 pm

Where:  Missoula County Extension/Weed Office Conference Room

2825 Santa Fe Ct.

Missoula, MT 59808


*Fire Camp Pre-Season Inspection Clearance Project-Update:  Steve Shelly (30 minutes)

*Montana Invasive Species Council: Activity/Status Update: Bryce Christiaens (30 minutes)

*Biological Control Insect Statewide Program: Update: Melissa Maggio-Kassner (15 minutes)

*Round Robin:  Each county representative has the opportunity to share information about their Program Activities and any issues or Concerns the Western Area Council should be aware of and/or may be able to assist with.  (20 minutes/county)

*Open to additional topics, dependent upon time abvailable.

*Note: Time estimates/topic includes presentation & discussion.


Any questions should be directed to Jim Olivarez.  (cell # 406-370-9847)    or


January 2017

60th MWCA Annual Conference

January 10 at 8:00 am - January 12 at 5:00 pm

The MWCA annual conference is the state’s most comprehensive training and educational event devoted to noxious weed management.

Here is this year’s exciting Agenda.  Reserve a spot in the breakout sessions! Before beginning the registration process, please download and plan your breakout session selections. Here is a quick planning session guide.

Conference Location:
Great Falls Best Western | Heritage Inn
1700 Fox Farm Road
Great Falls, MT 59404

  • Reserve your room now at the MWCA rate (406) 761-1900.

Please register online using the easy CONFERENCE LINK. It is simple, complete and secure. Online registration options include credit card, check and at the door payments. Paying by check? MWCA will automatically invoice to the email address you supply. If you prefer to mail your registration, please download and complete the hard copy registration formNOTE: Registration includes Wednesday, January 11, lunch and dinner. Guest tickets are available for both meals.

Reserve your vendor booth (one eight-foot space with table) under the general admission options. There is no separate registration system for vendors. NOTE: If any vendor requires electric, additional space, etc. please email Becky Kington at

Membership is NOT included with the conference admission. Registrants must be a member of MWCA to qualify for the discounted member rate. Registrants may purchase or renew membership at the end of the registration process by clicking on the cart before payment. If registration is made at the member rate without an active membership, we will assume you wish to purchase membership and will process a membership invoice accordingly.

Event Waivers:
Conference CE Policy
Conference CE Credits were assigned based upon full conference attendance. Conference CE Credit sheets will only be accepted at the close of the conference, Thursday, January 12, Noon.

Cancellation Policy
Registration fees will be refunded in full if cancellation is received prior to December 30, 2016. After December 30, 25% of the registration fee will be retained to cover MWCA costs. After January 3, 2017, NO refunds will be given for cancellations. Substitutions are allowed at no charge. Registered attendees who do not attend the conference, but have not submitted a cancellation request will be invoiced for the entire registration fee. No refunds or adjustments to fees will be made for late arrivals, early departures or missed meals. Thank you!

  • Cancellations should be directed to Becky Kington 406-684-5590 or

Conference Credits:
Application for Conference Credits is in progress.

Other Meetings:
The following meetings will be held conjunction with the MWCA Conference:

– MWCA Board of Directors Meeting | Monday, 1/9
– County Weed Coordinator Meeting | Tuesday, 1/10
– Area Meetings | Tuesday, 1/10

Want to be a sponsor? Sign-up now!

PLATINUM – DINNER SPONSOR  |  Dow AgroSciences, Trent

GOLD – LUNCHEON SPONSOR   |  Bayer CropSciences, Steve Saunders



SILVER – SOCIAL HOUR SPONSOR   |  Alligare, Inc., Mel Shumway

February 2017

2017 SW Area Commercial/Private Applicator Training

February 8

4-H Building – Beaverhead County Fairgrounds – Dillon, MT
FEBRUARY 8, 2017

$20 MWCA Member   |   $30 Non-MCWA Members

$20 MWCA Individual Membership Special
(NonMembers join now to receive a $10 membership savings and an immediate $10 off your training registration, not to mention the member only Weed Times quarterly newsletter, discounts on all trainings and publications, plus so much more – join now!)

Register online or call: 406-683-3790

8:00-8:15                 Registration

8:15-8:30                 Introductions

8:30-9:30                 “Bayer Updates (Escort, Telar, Perspective, & Esplanade) and Cheatagrass Control with Esplanade” – Steve Saunders, Bridger AgVentures, LLC

9:30-9:45                 Break

9:45-10:35               “Noxious Riparian and Aquatic Plants of Montana” – Karen Laitala, Powell County Weed District

10:35-11:25             “Pollinator Protection” – Beth Eiring, Montana Department of Agriculture

11:25-11:55             “Water Quality and Herbicide Performances” –Clint Saunders, Crop Protection Services

11:55 – 12:15          Lunch – Provided

12:15-1:05               “Pesticide Safety” – Cam Lay, Montana Department of Agriculture

1:05-2:05                 “Assessing the Environment and Making Appropriate Herbicide Decisions/Dow Updates” – Trent Breausseau, Dow AgroSciences

2:05-2:15                 Break

2:15-3:15                 “Noxious Weed Management in Lawn and Garden” – Noelle Orloff, Plant Identification Diagnostician: MSU

3:15-4:15                 “Voles Management in Montana” – Stephen Vantassel, Montana Department of Agriculture

4:15-4:30                 Questions and Wrap-up


Credits are as follows:
Category Credits
10 – Dealer  6
30 – Agricultural Plant Pest Control  4
32 – Agricultural Vertebrate Pest Control  1
34 – Ornamental and Turf Pest Control  5
36 – Aquatic Pest Control  5
37 – Right of Way Pest Control  5
39 – Demonstration & Research Pest Control  6
44 – Special Utility  5
54 – Rodent  1
55 – Regulatory Weed  5
60 – Private Agricultural Pest Control  6
61 – Private Aquatic Pest Control  1


March 2017

2017 MWCA Western Spring Weed Manager Training

March 22 at 1:00 pm - March 23 at 12:00 pm

Kalispell, MT, Flathead South Campus Building
March 22 & 23, 2017
Flathead South Campus Building MAP
Hotel: Garden Hilton (406)756-4500

*** A block of rooms has been reserved at the government rate at the Hilton Garden Hotel (406-756-4500), please ask for the MWCA Block. The address for the Flathead South Campus Building is: 40 11th Street West, Suite 200 (for the conference room) ***


Early member registration @ $100  |  Early non-member registration @ $125
At-the-door member registration @ $120  |  At-the-door non-member registration @ $145

Vendor registration @ $115 (Vendor registration price includes registration AND 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 GUEST Dinner Ticket @ $20
Extra GUEST Lunch Ticket @ $12

(detailed agenda download)
Afternoon, Wednesday March 22nd
1:00 PM               MWCA Update
1:15 PM               Legislation Updates
1:45 PM               BioControl Update  |  Melissa Maggio- Montana Biological Weed Control Coordinator
2:15 PM               Drought Effects on Native Rangeland Plant Communities  |  Clint Saunders- Sales Specialist, CPS Timberland
3:00 PM               Break
3:15 PM               EDDmaps 101Training  |  Chuck Bargeron- Associate Director for Invasive Species and Information Technology, Center for Invasive Species & Ecosystem Health, University of Georgia – Tifton, GA, Dave Burch- Montana Department of Agriculture, Jasmine Reimer- Montana Dept Ag
4:15 PM               Aquatic Weeds and Algae Control in Irrigation Canals Using Endothall  |  Craig Smith- Territory Manager UPI Aquatics
5:15 PM               Choline Formulations: More Treated Acres with Less Complaint  |  Trent Brusseau- Sales Representative Dow AgroSciences
6:00 PM               Supper
Morning, Thursday March 23
8:00 AM               Statewide Enviromental Assessment Panel  |  Dave Burch- Montana Department of Agriculture, Jed Fisher- Flathead County Weed Coordinator, A Representative from Tetra Tec
9:00 AM               Montana Dyer’s Woad Cooperative Project: Utilizing Working Dogs for Conservation (WDC) as a management tool  |  Amber Burch – Assistant weed coordinator for Beaverhead County, Montana Dyer’s Woad Project coordinator since 2007, Aimee Hurt – Co-founder and Director of Operations at Working Dogs for Conservation, Ngaio Richards – Forensics and Field Specialist with Working Dogs for Conservation
10:00 AM             Break
10:15 AM             Annual and Enhanced Weed Control with Esplanade: Does it Pay to Treat Noxious Weeds?  |  Steve Saunders- Bridger AgVentures, LLC / Consultant for Bayer Crop Science in MT & WY
11:00- Noon       Montana Safety and Health Bureau – Consultation Program  |  Billy Chilton- Safety & Health Specialist, Montana Department of Labor & Industry’s Safety and Health Bureau

This training credits are as follows::

(10)     Pesticide Dealer  4
(36)     Aquatic Pest  2
(37)     Right-of-Way, Rangeland, Pasture and Noncrop Pest  4
(39)     Demonstration and Research Pest  4
(44)     Special Utility  4
(55)     Regulatory Weed  4
(60)     Private Agricultural Pest Control  4
(61)     Private Aquatic Pest Control  2

(10)     Pesticide Dealer  2
(37)     Right-of-Way, Rangeland, Pasture and Noncrop Pest  2
(39)     Demonstration and Research Pest  2
(44)     Special Utility  2
(55)     Regulatory Weed  2
(60)     Private Agricultural Pest Control  2

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