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2017 Western Spring Weed Manager Training

March 22nd, 2017

Kalispell, MT, Flathead South Campus Building
March 22 & 23, 2017

REGISTER ONLINE OR BY FAX/MAIL WITH THIS HARDCOPY REGISTRATION FORM

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

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).


Are you a Montana County Weed Coordinator? We have a Bill for you — HB410

February 16th, 2017

Stop. Look. Respond!

Are you a Montana County Weed Coordinator?
Could your program use more funding?

If you answered yes to both of these questions, we have a bill for you!

HB410 is a proposed bill sponsored by Montana Association of County Commissioners and Montana Weed Control Association to increase the noxious weed portion of the vehicle fee tax to go to counties and reservations, and to re-define integrated weed management within the act. The act can be found here.

As you may be aware, there are many entities who receive funding from the vehicle fee tax and this legislative session, increases are coming out of the woodwork. Noxious weed fees associated with the vehicle fee have not been increased since 1989. We know your program costs have increased greatly since 1989 and we also know that many county budgets are being cut across the board. If passed as currently proposed, this legislation would provide an additional $13,000 per year to county weed districts and reservations. We desperately need your support for this bill if we are going to have any chance of this passing.

The first hearing for HB410 will be held next Tuesday, February 21, 2017, at the Capitol building, room 137 with the House Ag Committee. If you can possibly make it in person, a strong showing of counties would be fantastic. But if you can’t make it, a draft template of a letter you can re-word to make it fit your program is here and an infographic you can print off and post to engage the support of your weed board and commissioners can be found here.

The only shot this bill has of passing is if we can garner the support of Montana County Weed Boards and Commissioners! Please help us and help your program by testifying or writing or calling House Ag Committee members. You can also contact the bill sponsor, Representative Ray Shaw. His email is Rep.Ray.shaw@mt.gov

Members are here and you can find their contact info at www.leg.mt.gov:

(H)Agriculture — Standing Committee
Rep. FRED ANDERSON (R)
Rep. JACOB BACHMEIER (D)
Rep. BECKY BEARD (R)
Rep. BRYCE BENNETT (D)
Rep. WILLIS CURDY (D)
Rep. JOHN L FLEMING (D)
Rep. MOFFIE FUNK (D)
Rep. JIM HAMILTON (D)
Rep. BILL HARRIS (R)
Rep. DENNIS LENZ (R)
Rep. WENDY MCKAMEY (R)
Rep. DALE MORTENSEN (R)
Rep. JAMES O’HARA (R)
Rep. ANDREA OLSEN (D)
Rep. ZAC PERRY (D)
Rep. GORDON PIERSON (ID)–Vice Chair
Rep. ALAN REDFIELD (R)- -Chair
Rep. VINCE RICCI (R)
Rep. WALT SALES (R)
Rep. LOLA SHELDON-GALLOWAY (R)
Rep. SCOTT STAFFANSON (R)–Vice Chair
Rep. PEGGY WEBB (R)
Rep. JONATHAN WINDY BOY (D)


2017 SW Area Commercial/Private Applicator Training

February 8th, 2017

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

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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

 


USDA APHIS Plant Protection & Quarantine Aid/Technician Position

January 26th, 2017

APPLICATIONS ARE BEING ACCEPTED FROM THE GENERAL PUBLIC FOR THE FOLLOWING POSITION:

POSITION, TITLE, SERIES, GRADE:
Plant Protection & Quarantine Aid/Technician
Position Information  
GS-0421-03/04
(More than one position may be filled.)    

PROMOTIONAL POTENTIAL: NONE

LOCATION OF POSITION:  
USDA, APHIS
Plant Protection and Quarantine
Billings or Helena, Montana         

RECRUITMENT NO: MSPHD-020 

OPENING DATE: immediately                                      

CLOSING DATE: Until Filled/ASAP             

CONTACT OFFICE:
Ryan Richter
USDA APHIS PPQ
1220 Cole Ave.
Helena MT 59601
(406) 449-5210
Fax: (406) 449-5212
Ryan.N.Richter@aphis.usda.gov


NWTF 2017 Applicant Hearing Agenda

January 24th, 2017

Here is the 2017 Grant Hearing Agenda.  Please note the day and time that you will be presenting your application(s), please arrive 30 to 45 minutes ahead of your scheduled time.  The hearings will be held at the Wingate Hotel in Helena; map link – http://binged.it/1xFAKlx.

If you are planning to have someone else present, other than who is listed as a presenter on your application, please let me know so I can make the appropriate updates.

Please review your application carefully to ensure you have the correct figures in your budget and herbicide/revegetation worksheets (if applicable).  It is recommended that you bring a copy of your application with you.

Also, if you are planning to do a power point presentation I will need them no later than February 20, 2017; you can either email them to me, send them on a jump drive (we will return all jump drives at the hearings) or on a CD.  If you choose to email them remember that our servers here at MDA have a 10MB limit.

We will once again have conference calling available, we will be using GoToMeeting which allows a presenter to participate by internet/computer.  Please let me know by February 20th if you will be presenting by this method, and I will get the connection information to you.

The agenda is scheduled numerically; no deviations will be considered.

I have sent this email to the primary contact listed on each application. Please forward the agenda to anyone you feel necessary.

If you have questions please contact Dave Burch 444-3140, Jasmine Reimer 444-7882 or Carol Bearden 444-7880.

Jasmine Reimer
NWTF Grant Coordinator
Montana Department of Agriculture
PO Box 200201 / Helena, MT 59620
406-444-7882 / 406-461-9207 (Cell)
jreimer@mt.gov


60th MWCA Annual Conference

January 10th, 2017

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.

Registration:
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.

Vendors:
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 becky@mtweed.org.

Membership:
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 becky@mtweed.org.

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

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!
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


2017 Legislative Session – Help Us Support Two Weed Bills

January 2nd, 2017

Weed Peeps, I can hardly believe it, but the 2017 Legislative session is starting this week! So to get you up to speed, there are currently two bills we are involved with or supporting. One is a bill that has been drafted by the MT Dept of Ag and it amends pesticide fees and also provides stable funding for the State Noxious Weed Coordinator. That bill is HB 126 and it will be heard in the House Ag Committee on Thursday, January 5 at 3 p.m. If you support Montana’s Noxious Weed Program and support the state weed coordinator position, I highly encourage you to write letters, send emails to the House Ag Committee or attend in person to support this legislation.
MT Association of Counties (MACO) is working on a draft bill that will increase the vehicle fee percentage to provide much needed revenue to county weed programs and tribes across Montana and MWCA is a co-sponsor on this bill. The MWCA membership already approved of going for this revenue increase in 2014. This bill is being drafted and sounds like it will also be presented to the House Ag Committee when it is ready. As soon as I have the bill draft, I will send it out to you.

2017 House Ag Committee Members are:

Redfield, Alan (R) Chair
Staffanson, Scott (R) Vice Chair
Pierson, Gordon (D) Vice Chair
Anderson, Fred (R)
Bachmeier, Jacob (D)
Beard, Becky (R)
Bennett, Bryce (D)
Curdy, Willis (D)
Fleming, John (D)
Funk, Moffie (D)
Hamilton, Jim (D)
Harris, Bill (R)
Lenz, Dennis (R)
McKamey, Wendy (R)
Mortensen, Dale (R)
O’Hara, James (R)
Olsen, Andrea (D)
Perry, Zac (D)
Ricci, Vince (R)
Sales, Walt (R)
Sheldon-Galloway, Lola (R)
Webb, Peggy (R)
Windy Boy, Jonathan (D)

Secretary: Sydney Kessel,
Rm 468, (406) 444-1513

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. – Becky Kington at becky@mtweed.org or 406-684-5590.


Draft 2017 State Noxious Weed Plan For Your Review

January 2nd, 2017

MEMORANDUM

12/29/2016

 

TO:         All Interested Parties

FR:         Dave Burch, State Noxious Weed Coordinator

RE:         Draft 2017 State Noxious Weed Plan

Please find attached a PDF copy of the Draft 2017 Montana Noxious Weed Plan for your review, or view on the Departments website at: http://agr.mt.gov/Portals/168/Documents/Weeds/MTWeedMgmtPlan_Rev2017_DRAFT.docx or

http://agr.mt.gov/Portals/168/Documents/Weeds/MTWeedMgmtPlan_Rev2017_DRAFT.pdf.

We will be taking written comments/edits on the Plan until January 31, 2017 after which we will finalize the plan.  I encourage all agencies and entities listed in the plan to review their section and make edits as necessary.  You will notice we have made significant changes and yet kept vital information from the 2008 Plan.  Please send all comments/edits to me at dburch@mt.gov or by mail at:

Montana Department of Agriculture
Attn: Dave Burch
PO Box 200201
Helena MT 59620

This plan mirrors the newly produced Montana Invasive Species Framework, it is a very functional format, which will provide for easy updates as need over the next six years.

Please feel free to share this information with other appropriate individuals.

Dave Burch
Montana Department of Agriculture
State Noxious Weed Coordinator/Program Manager
406-444-3140
dburch@mt.gov


2016 MT Fall Biocontrol Meeting

December 12th, 2016

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

AGENDA

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

Melissa Maggio-Kassner
MT Biocontrol Coordinator
mmaggio@missoulaeduplace.org
406-258-4223


2016 Proposed Bylaws Changes – Membership Voting Soon

November 14th, 2016

Proposed MWCA Bylaws Changes 2016:

  • Article IV, Part (c) to read as follows: Election of the Board of Directors, passage of public policy statements and legislative resolutions and/or bylaw changes shall take place by electronic and or mailed ballot to all voting members in good standing. The MWCA staff shall email and or mail ballots to all members in good standing no later than December 1. All returned ballots must be postmarked by December 21 to be counted in the election results. Election shall be by simple majority of those voting. Should a simple majority not be received by any candidate for an office, that office shall be elected by a runoff vote between the two candidates receiving the greatest number of votes.

 

  • Article VI, Section 5.01, Part (a) to read as follows: (a) The Fifty percent (50%) of the voting members of the Board of Directors present shall constitute a quorum at all board meetings. Each board member shall have one vote.

 

  • Article VI, Section 6.06, Parts (a) and (b) to read as follows: (a) The Board of Directors shall have a minimum of three (3) meetings each calendar year. The Executive Director shall notify each director of the time and place of each meeting by mail or email a minimum of ten (10) five (5) business days prior to each meeting. (b) Special meetings of the Board of Directors may be called by the President or Vice President, upon ten (10) five (5) days’ notice by mail to each director.

 

  • Article V, Section 5.01, Parts (b) and (c) to read as follows: (b) Special meetings of the members of the Association may be called by President or upon petition in writing requesting the same by one-fourth of the members, or upon order of the Board of Directors, and ten (10) five (5) business days’ notice of the time and place of said meeting shall be given to each member by the Executive Director , by mail. (c) The Executive Director will give all members in good standing ten (10) five (5) business days’ notice , by mail, email, or website of the time and place of all meetings scheduled by the Board of Directors.

 

  • Article VI, Section 6.09 to read as follows: Liaison Advisory Representatives. The Board of Directors may invite representatives of any local, state, or federal agencies, or other related organizations that may be beneficial to participate in board activities as liaisons advisors for their agencies/organizations and mandate that they be members of MWCA.

 

  • Strike Article VIII. Section 8.02, Parts (d), (e) and (f).

(d) Coordinator Support Work Group. To encourage professionalism, and provide operational and educational direction for Montana Weed District Coordinators. The chair of the coordinator support committee shall receive nominations for the chair position the fall of the year their term is completed and all coordinators will vote by ballot by Sept 1 for that position. The state shall be divided into seven areas to coordinate weed management efforts. Area councils shall include Western, Southwestern, South Central, Southeastern, Northeastern, Central and Triangle. Area councils may choose to elect a chairperson for their area council other than their area representative who serves on the board of directors. Such council chairs shall be voted on by their respective councils annually. If the council chair is someone other than the area representative, this will not be a voting position on the board of directors.

(e) Integrated Weed Management Work Group. Committee will encourage the development, research, and demonstration of sustainable, integrated weed management strategies. Chair of the committee will be an elected board position.

(f) Education Work Group. Committee will encourage educational events, training, publications, and other activities to further the knowledge and expertise of MWCA members and the public. Chair of the committee will be an elected board position.