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MWCA Award Nominations due November 15th

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

 

MWCA Award Nominations due November 15th Form


61st MWCA Annual Conference

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

 

This year’s conference will be held in Great Falls, Montana at the Heritage Inn on January 10 – 12. The draft agenda can be found here. Registration will begin on November 1, 2017.  If you wish to make your hotel reservation, please contact the Heritage at 406-791-2794 and ask for the MWCA block.

 

MWCA Annual Conference Registration Form


DowDuPont and Bayer once again key sponsors for the 61st Annual Conference

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

 

A big thank you to Trent Brusseau with DowDuPont for sponsoring at the Platinum level and Mike Bisciglia with Bayer Crop Science for sponsoring at the Gold level. Their sponsorships are appreciated beyond measure. We still have a key sponsorship open at the Silver level ($2500) and of course our coffee break and education speaker sponsors are appreciated as well. Please see the sponsor form for more information.


Job opening for Weed Coordinator in NE Montana

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

 

Dick Zoanni is retiring from Richland County Weed District. The position of full time weed coordinator located in Sidney, Montana, is open. For more information, contact the Sidney Job Service at 406-433-1204 for an application. The position will start January 2018.


MWCA Board Nominations due Nov 15th

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

 

MWCA Board nominations are now open for the following positions: Vice President, Treasurer, Agriculture Representative, Industry Representative, Member at Large, SE Area Representative, Central Area Representative and NE Area Representative. Please contact Becky for more information. Board nominations are due November 15, 2017.

 

2018 MWCA Board Nomination Form

 

Western Area Representative

two (2) member-at-large positions open


New website is coming

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

 

We are currently in the process of finalizing the new and updated website. The board will decide the final process soon, but we hope to launch a new site on December 1st. We apologize for the delay and assure our members this will be well worth the wait.


MONTANA NOXIOUS WEED TRUST FUND PROJECTS 2014–2016

Monday, August 21st, 2017

 

Montana State University: Montana Agricultural Experiment Station and Extension Service
REPORT FOR THE MONTANA NOXIOUS
WEED TRUST FUND ADVISORY COUNCIL
MONTANA NOXIOUS WEED TRUST FUND PROJECTS 2014–2016
JUNE 2017


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

Friday, 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


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

Thursday, 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)


NWTF 2017 Applicant Hearing Agenda

Tuesday, 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