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MT Noxious Weed Trust Fund Grants Due

January 6th, 2018

Deadline is January 6, 2018, 5:00 pm. Thank you!


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 stacy.davis1@montana.edu with questions.


2017 Southwestern Area Crew Training | Whitehall, MT

May 30th, 2017

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

Agenda
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


County Spray Crew Recertification Spring Training | Chouteau County Fairgrounds

May 25th, 2017

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
406-759-5673
weedguy@co.liberty.mt.gov

 AGENDA:

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

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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).


The 3rd Annual Dalmatian Toadflax Biocontrol Work Day

May 24th, 2017

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 mmaggio@missoulaeduplace.org. RSVP IS REQUIRED, we are providing transportation around the Bison Range and lunched for participants.

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


MWCA Western Area Council Combined Crew Training | Ronan, MT

May 17th, 2017

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) 

Agenda
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)
Break
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
Break
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


Ventenata Dubia Impacts and Identification | Building Bridges Workshop

April 24th, 2017

Monday, April 24, 2017
9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Ruby’s Inn  |  4825 N Reserve St
Missoula, MT

Schedule:

Welcome and Introductions  |  Bryce Christiaens, Missoula County Weed District
An introduction to Ventenata dubia  |  Stephen Novak, Boise State University
An Analysis of Native & Invasive Populations  |  Rene F.H. Sforza, USDA-ARS-EBCL, France
Impacts to Western Montana Grasslands  |  Dan Mummey, MPG Ranch
Lunch (provided)
Tools for Identification  |  Jane Mangold, Montana State University
Introduction to GrassMapper.org  |  Rene F.H. Sforza, USDA-ARS-EBCL, France
Research Needs/Wrap up  |  Stephen Novak, Boise State University

Space is limited to 40 participants
RSVP to Bryce Christiaens by April 19
Bryce@missoulaeduplace.org or call 258.4217


Western Area Council Spring Meeting

April 19th, 2017

Western Area Council Spring Meeting
April 19, 2017
10 am thru 2pm
Missoula County Weed/Extension Office
2825 Santa Fe Court

Agenda 

     Fire Camp Site Clearance: Current Status

     Aquatics Update: Legislative and potential county involvement

     State Weed Plan: Current Status

     Crew Training: Updates

     Round Robin Updates/Issues by county

     Other topics?


MT Noxious Weed Realtor Training | Online

April 17th, 2017

Please forward to your Professional Realtor friends and contacts  —

  • The course is now open for registration!
  • Course description: The course is intended to provide realtors with a broad understanding of noxious weeds in order to direct both buyers and sellers to the appropriate resources to ensure that noxious weeds are managed appropriately and desired vegetation can abound. It will offer research-based integrated weed management tools and promote the multitude of weed resources that are available to potential clients and landowners in Montana.

The course consists of five modules: noxious weeds 101, plant anatomy and weed identification, weed identification, understanding Montana’s County Weed Control Act and integrated weed management. The course has obtained certification through the Association for Real Estate License Law Officials and the Montana Board of Realty Regulation and has been approved for four continuing education credits in the environmental issues category.

To promote this course and noxious weed education amongst the realtor community, a limited number of scholarships for free registration are available for realtors.


2017 MWCA Eastern Spring Weed Manager Training

April 5th, 2017

Miles City Town & County Club
S 4th St & Eagle Ave
Miles City, MT
April 5 — 6, 2017

*** A block of rooms has been reserved at the government rate at the Best Western War Bonnet Inn (406-234-4560), please ask for the MWCA Block. The address for the Best Western War Bonnet Inn is: 1015 S Haynes Ave, Miles City. The MWCA block of rooms ends April 3. ***

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 @ $25
Extra GUEST Lunch Ticket @ $15

AGENDA
(detailed agenda download)

Wednesday April 5
Registration
1:00 PM  MWCA Updates- Becky Kington
1:15    Legislation Updates
1:45   Statewide Enviromental Assessment Panel | Dave Burch- Montana Department of Agriculture County Weed Coordinator, Tetra Tech Representative
2:45   Break
3:00   Soils: Montana Soils & Herbicide Efficacy | Chuck Wilcox – Vegetation Management Specialist, Alligare
4:00   Noxious Weeds in Lawn and Ornamentals | Timm Johannesenn- Warne Chemical
5:00 – 5:45   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
6:00    Supper

Thursday April 6
8:00 AM   BioControl Update | Melissa Maggio- Montana Biological Weed Control Coordinator
8:30  Narrow-leaf Hawksbeard | Shelley Mills- Valley County Ag/4-H Extension Agent
9:15   Drought Effects on Native Rangeland Plant Communities | Clint Saunders- Sales Specialist, CPS Timberland
10:00   Break
10:15   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 Department of Agriculture
11:15 – Noon   Choline Formulations: More Treated Acres with Less Complaint | Trent Brusseau- Sales Representative Dow AgroSciences

This training is approved for credits in the following categories:

10 – Dealer   6
34 – Ornamental and Turf Pest Control  1
37 – Right of Way Pest Control   6
39 – Demonstration & Research Pest Control  6
44 – Special Utility  6
45 – School IPM  1
55 – Regulatory Weed  6
60 – Private Agricultural Pest Control  6