Working together to strengthen and support noxious weed management efforts in Montana.


2017 Fall Weed Manager Training

October 10th, 2017

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 ****

Level 3 Noxious Weed Management Certification Workshop | Bozeman, MT

September 27th, 2017

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.

Weed Whackers Ball | September 9 | Wise River Community Building

September 9th, 2017

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.

MDA Noxious Weed Trust Fund Grants Due

August 1st, 2017

Now Accepting Grant Applications – Apply by January 6, 2018

Local Cooperative . Research . Education/Development Projects

Additional information: Noxious Weed Trust Fund Grants

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

July 24th, 2017

Medusahead Tour, July 24

Rush Skeletonweed Survey, July 25 & 26

Pablo, MT


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

CSU Field Tour – Cheatgrass | Fort Collins, CO

July 13th, 2017

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

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

July 8th, 2017

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

Current Cheatgrass Management | Saratoga, WY

June 22nd, 2017

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.

A Range Ramble | An Range Health & Weed Tour | June 15-16, 2017

June 15th, 2017

Meeting Location:
Blackfeet Community College
South Wind Lodge
504 SE Boundary ST
Browning, MT 59417

Glacier Peaks Hotel
50 Museum Loop
Browning, MT

Join us for a Field Tour to learn about range health and integrated weed management. Two experts in soil health and biology, Dr. Ray Ward/Ward Labs and Marlon Winger, NRCS Regional Soil Health Specialist will be present on June 15 to discuss soil health management on rangeland and hayland systems. Both will discuss how to measure and track soil quality. Rick Caquelin/NRCS Area Range Scientist will discuss range management to improve soil health. On June 16 the focus will be on weed management. Tribal representatives, local producers, State of MT and APHIS will talk about integrated weed management systems and monitoring.

A limited number of scholarships are available for producers. For more information or questions about this event, please call: Glacier County Conservation District (GCCD) or NRCS at (406) 873-4292 ext. 3 or (406) 845-2976 or Email:


Day 1 – June 15

8:30 AM Registration (Dawn Falcon) at the Blackfeet Community College
9:00 AM Introductions and Featured Speakers:
Introduction to the Five Principles of Soil Health, Marlon Winger, NRCS Soil Health Specialist, MT, WY, and ID
Soil Sampling: PLFA and Haney Tests– Nutrient Cycling and What these tests mean to a Producer?
Dr. Ray Ward, Ward Laboratories Inc.
Choosing a Grazing System that Works for Your Operation, Rick Caquelin – NRCS Area Range
A Holistic Approach to Soil Health, Lora Soderquist, Prescriptive Livestock Services, MSU Adjunct Professor
12:00 Sack Lunch Provided: Travel to Smith Ranch
Featured Speakers: Marlon Winger, Dr. Ray Ward, and Rick Caquelin
Grazing Systems
Monitoring Rangeland
Herd Health vs Soil Health (NUTBAL Discussion)
Rainfall Simulator, Eric Watson, NRCS District Conservationist
3:00 PM Load up and travel back to the Blackfeet Community College
3:30 PM Roundtable Discussions:
Blackfeet Tribal and Crown of the Continent Committee Steering Committee & Salish Kootenai
Confederated Tribes Water Management (All are welcome to attend)
5:00 Entertainment
Catered Dinner with Featured Speaker (Crown of the Continent)

Full day attendance is worth 36 pesticide recertification credits.

Day 2 – June 16
8:00 AM Registration (Dawn Falcon) and Open Discussion
8:30 AM Knapweed Project – Overview by Dillion DesRosier. Nature Conservancy
9:00 AM Equipment Calibration and Proper Application (and Field Demonstration) Rian Conway, Certified Weed Spray Contractor, Includes demonstration.
10:30 AM Biological Controls, Monitoring and Follow-up – Joe Merenz (APHIS)
10:45 AM Misconceptions of Biological Weed Control (Melissa Maggio, State of MT Weed Coordinator)
This presentation will cover the 5 main misconceptions of biocontrol using data and research to ex-plain each. By the end of this presentation attendees should have a better understanding of what real-istic results from biocontrol will look like, how and where biocontrol should be used, and how to incor-porate biocontrol with other weed management tools.
11:45 AM Spotted Knapweed and Leafy Spurge Biocontrol Systems (Melissa Maggio, State of MT Weed Coordi-nator)
This presentation will cover the biology of the weed species and also the biocontrol insects that are utilized in Montana to manage them. We will cover where to get insects, how and where to release them, how to monitor for them, how to manage them, and how to incorporate them in with other weed management tools.
12:15 Grab Sack Lunches Travel to Skate Park – Browning
1:00 PM Spotted Knapweed Field Portion (Melissa Maggio, State of MT Weed Coordinator)
We will look for insect in the field and collect monitoring data. Participants will get hands on experi-ence identifying signs that insects are present in spotted knapweed infestations. We will also get hands on experience monitoring for biocontrol populations and the weed infestations by collecting data for the Standardized Impact Monitoring Protocol (SIMP).
Stan Hutella (Liberty County Weed District) Mark Korte and Erin Banks (Rocky Mountain Weed Round Table)
Informal Producer Panel: Ted Hall, Gus Vaile, Coco Boggs, and Rocky Mountain Front Crown of the Continent Producers
3:00 Travel Back to the Blackfeet Community College
3:30 Wrap-up and closing – Blackfeet Invasive Species Steering Committee

Visit for a registration form & more information on this event
Blackfeet Tribe
Blackfeet Natural

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

June 14th, 2017

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.