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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

 


Bill to fight invasive species scraps boat decals for fishing license increases, bicycle fee

March 31st, 2017

TOM KUGLIN tom.kuglin@helenair.com Mar 30, 2017 Updated 15 hrs ago LINK

HELENA — A bill to fund Montana’s fight against aquatic invasive species now includes increases to the price of fishing licenses and a new fee for out-of-state bicycles, but drops decals for motorized watercraft.

Senate Bill 363 aims to generate $11 million over the next two years to double the number of watercraft inspection stations, check all out-of-state boats and implement mandatory decontamination at Tiber and Canyon Ferry reservoirs, two of the state’s most popular. Mussel larvae were detected at Tiber last year and suspected larvae were discovered at Canyon Ferry.

Once established, mussels clog hydropower, irrigation and water treatment infrastructure. They also filter plankton which sends ripples through the ecosystem impacting fish and other aquatic life.

There is no known means of eradicating mussels once established. The best current measures, experts say, are to prevent their spread through inspection and education.

The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Chas Vincent, R-Libby, on Thursday apologized to fellow senators for the shape of the bill, which was heavily amended in committee shortly ahead of transmittal deadline.

Vincent introduced multiple amendments on the floor, saying he wanted to do as much work on SB363 before it goes to the House.

The bill came to the floor tapping fees on hydropower, irrigation and both in-state and out-of-state motorboats.

Senators voted to approve Vincent’s amendments to drop fees on irrigation and watercraft in exchange for a $15 bump to nonresident and $2 bump for resident fishing licenses. Successful amendments also included putting sunsets on the funding mechanisms, passing the full burden of hydropower fees onto customers and putting excess revenue into an invasive species trust to fund future work.

Sen. Scott Sales, R-Bozeman, then introduced an amendment to put a $25 fee on out-of-state bicycles. Sales criticized cyclists when speaking on a different bill he called them “rude” and “self-centered” for his perception of their sharing of the road.

Sales told the floor he had heard from cyclists and believed they should have some “skin in the game” as AIS impacts recreation that lures tourists to Montana.

Sen. Jill Cohenour, D-East Helena, questioned the seriousness of the amendment before it passed 26-24.

The amended bill then passed second reading 29-21. In must pass third reading to pass to the House.

Reporter Tom Kuglin can be reached at 447-4076 @IR_TomKuglin


2017 MWCA Western Spring Weed Manager Training

March 22nd, 2017

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) ***

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

AGENDA
(detailed agenda download)
Afternoon, Wednesday March 22nd
Registration
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::

3/22/2017
(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

3/23/2017
(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


2016 MDA Pesticide Training Schedule

February 28th, 2017

2016 MT Dept of Ag Pesticide Training Schedule
MDA WEBSITE

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

*THIS REPRODUCTION OF THESE DETAILS IS FOR INFORMATION PURPOSES ONLY. ALL DATES AND LOCATIONS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. *

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

FYI

  • 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.

CONTACTS:Licens
ing: Dan Reimer * 406-444-4900 * dreimer2@mt.gov
Training & Certification: Jolene Roszel * 406-444-3732 * jwarnke-roszel@mt.gov
Pesticide Product Registration: Elena Johnson * 406-444-5471 * elenajohnson@mt.gov
Pesticide Disposal/Container Recycling: Carli Lofing * 406-228-9512 * clofing@mt.gov
Manuals & Testing (Helena): Lauren Simonich * 406-444-5400 * lsimonich@mt.gov


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

_______________________________________________________________________________

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