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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

 


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