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October 2016

2016 Noxious Weed Trust Fund Grant Writing Workshop

October 6, 2016 at 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Hosted by the Montana Department of Agriculture

WHERE:          Scott Hart Building, Rm 225, Helena, MT

WHEN:            October 6, 2016

TIME:              8:00 a.m.—4:00 p.m.

WHY?              Come join the Noxious Weed Staff for a one day workshop on writing Noxious Weed Trust Fund grant applications. Staff will be on hand to help with your current and upcoming project proposals. *Get updates on the new EA process*

Download the informative flyer now.

For more information:

Please RSVP by September 28 —

Dave Burch,  444-3140,
Jasmine Reimer,  444-7882,
Carol Bearden,  444-7880,

FREE Range and Pasture Management Seminar

October 10, 2016 at 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

You’re invited to attend a FREE Range & Pasture Management Seminar

October 27, 2016. |. 10:00 AM
Upper-Musselshell Museum Building
36 Central Ave S
Harlowton, MT 59036

Topics: Black-Tailed Prairie Dog Management and Rangeland and Pasture Weed Management


Lunch will be served

Michael Brownell  406-559-4436
Gary Olsen  406-632-4138

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!

4th Northern Rockies Invasive Plants Council Conference

October 17, 2016 at 8:00 am - October 20, 2016 at 5:00 pm

4th Northern Rockies Invasive Plants Council Conference
October 17-20, 2016 – Boise, ID

Please save the date!

Plan to join us October 17-20, 2016 at the Boise Centre in Boise, ID for the 4th Conference – Invasive Plants in Natural Areas. This four day conference will feature presentations on the latest developments in invasive plant research and provide ample opportunity for managers and researchers to engage and identify creative new approaches to managing invasions. Join the discussion of possibilities and problems specific to the management of invasive plants in natural areas, and perhaps more importantly, contribute to solutions!

NRIPC 2016 Conference Flier.

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


December 2016

2016 MT Fall Biocontrol Meeting

December 12, 2016 at 11:30 am - December 13, 2016 at 12:00 pm

December 12  11:30 am – 5:30 pm  |  December 13   8:00 am – Noon
Gallatin County Weed District


We will provide lunch the first day so please RSVP so I will have enough lunch for all attendees.

As always the emphasis of this meeting is on research updates.  We are hopeful that we will get through all of the research updates on the 12th but if not they will begin again the morning of the 13th.

We will NOT be having a biocontrol working group meeting at the MWCA Annual Conference this year, so if you are interested in this information please attend!  We will be applying for government applicator license credits.   If you have any questions do not hesitate to get ahold of me and please remember to let me know if you are planning on attending.

Thank you,

Melissa Maggio-Kassner
MT Biocontrol Coordinator

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


2016 MDA Pesticide Training Schedule

February 28 at 10:10 pm

2016 MT Dept of Ag Pesticide Training Schedule

Click HERE to register for trainings and purchase study manuals, or you can print the forms below and mail with payment

2016 MDA Pesticide Training Schedule Click Here
2016 Recertification Training Registration Form Click Here
2016 Initial Core and Initial Category Training Registration Form Click Here


Initial National Core Applicator & Dealer Training for new applicators: $50 per attendee

  • Nov 29-Dec 2 (deadline 11/22/16) Helena Best Western Premier Great Northern Testing conducted Dec. 2

Recertification Training Forest Pest Control and Aquatic Pest Control 4 Credits $25 per attendee

  • Nov 15 (deadline 11/9) Polson Red Lion Inn & Suites 12:30-5:00pm
  • Nov 16 (deadline 11/10) Butte Montana Tech – SUB 8:30-1pm
  • Nov 17 (deadline 11/10) Billings Hilton Garden Inn 8:30-1pm

Fall Core Recertification October 18-20 and 25-27 and November 15-17


  • Recertification cycles expiring on December 31, 2016: Aerial Agricultural Plant Pest Public Health Pest Mosquito Abatement
    EPA Certification and Training Changes: Significant changes are coming to certification and licensing (C&T) All 2016 trainings will include the proposed EPA C&T changes. These changes affect all applicators including Private (Farm) applicators.

ing: Dan Reimer * 406-444-4900 *
Training & Certification: Jolene Roszel * 406-444-3732 *
Pesticide Product Registration: Elena Johnson * 406-444-5471 *
Pesticide Disposal/Container Recycling: Carli Lofing * 406-228-9512 *
Manuals & Testing (Helena): Lauren Simonich * 406-444-5400 *

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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