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Kellieann and Becky on Northern Ag Network

Friday, October 14th, 2016

 

Woot! Woot! Great Jon Arenson, Northern Ag Network interview with Kellieann Morris and Becky Kington!

https://www.z2systems.com/np/viewDocument?orgId=mwca&id=4028e4e557ad67260157c462cbf600bd

 

 

 


What does your State Noxious Weed Coordinator Do?

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

 

Dave BurchWhat does your State Noxious Weed Coordinator do?

Primary duties and responsibilities of the position are to provide statewide noxious weed coordination, management of the Montana Noxious Weed Trust Fund (NWTF) and Noxious Weed Seed Free Forage (NWSFF) Programs and supervision of three (3) FTE.

Check out all the facets conducted by your Montana State Noxious Weed Coordinator in these EQC State Coordination Reports. Thanks Dave for all of your work for MWCA and the State of Montana!

Contact Dave at anytime:

Dave Burch
Montana Dept of Ag
PO Box 200201
Helena, MT 59620
444.3140
dburch@mt.gov

REPORTS:

September 2016          July 2016         March 2016         January 2016         September 2015

 


Calibrating Home and Garden Sprayers

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

 

by Cecil Tharp, Pesticide Education Specialist, Montana State University Revised from original version written by Reeves Petroff, Montana State University

This publication contains instructions on steps to calibrate home sprayers while saving time with easy to follow steps. Download article

 


Montana Department of Agriculture | Noxious Weed Trust Fund (Important Dates & Info)

Friday, July 15th, 2016

 

Montana Department of Agriculture
Noxious Weed Trust Fund
2016 – 2017

Important Dates & Information

  • November 1, 2016
    Applications Due for FY17 Emergency Weed Grants

 

  • November 1, 2016
    Applications Due for FY17 Special $7,500 County/Reservation Grants

 

  • November 30, 2016
    Status Reports Due for open NWTF Grants

 

  • November 30, 2016
    Final Status Reports Due for FY16 Special $7,500 County/Reservation Grants

 

  • December 1, 2016
    Applications Due for FY17 NWTF Grants

 

  • February 27 – March 3, 2017
    Noxious Weed Trust Fund Grant Hearings
    Wingate Hotel, Helena

 

  •  March / April 2017
    Distribution of FY17 Special $7,500 County/Reservation Grant Awards

 

  •  April 15, 2017
    Status Reports Due for NWTF Grants

 

Montana Dept. of Agriculture: http://agr.mt.gov

WebGrants: http://fundingmt.org

Dave Burch 444-3140 dburch@mt.gov

Carol Bearden 444-7880 cbearden@mt.gov

Kim Antonick 444-7819 kantonick2@mt.gov

Jasmine Reimer 444-7882 jreimer@mt.gov


Executive Director Update | June 2016

Monday, June 27th, 2016

 

bex golfExecutive Director Update June 24, 2016

I can’t believe July is nearly here! Where does the time go?! I just wanted to provide an update on the activities of your staff these past few months.

Finances A great deal of my time has been spent on getting the books right for year end, getting transferred amounts correct, area council reports right and drafting a restricted and unrestricted budget. It took a while to get the Ecommittee together to make some pay and bonus decisions on our part time staff position, but attached you will find a draft budget the Executive Committee and staff are comfortable with. I am working with a QuickBooks expert to get our books cleaned up and put together a budget in July that combines both accounts for easier work. As you will see by our bottom line in the unrestricted budget, we exceeded our budgeted expectations this fiscal year thanks to some large sponsorships (Dow, Bayer), the golf fundraiser and the Field Guide sales.

Activities/Admin Since our March meeting, the two spring trainings went fairly well with a lower turnout for the western training than we had hoped for. The Miles City training remained strong thanks to the coordinators who push their local agency folks to attend. I attended the Governor’s Invasive Summit and had a table set up there. We’ve had several webinars for the annual conference planning and the golf fundraiser and we are well on our way with both of them. I attended WAC Crew Training in Polson, where again, the numbers were very strong. I attended a seminar in Missoula in May on how to manage stress and it was a good one- now if I can just apply some of what I learned! I moved out of one storage unit and we are currently at one unit, but it is stuffed full and I am doubtful I can get all of the calendars in it, but we’ll see. I still need to organize the trailer and the storage unit to see if I can make room. This week we met with MDA, Ron deYong, Greg Ames and Dave Burch who wanted to meet Kaaren. Following that meeting, we held our executive committee meeting in Bozeman. Once budgeting is done, I need to get year-end duties completed, get the calendar and the summer Weed Times completed, and get cracking on the golf fundraiser. Again, I’d like to thank Trent Brusseau for not only getting me the check for the 2017 AC Sponsorship, but for agreeing to sponsor the carts for the golf fundraiser. Dow is such a great supporter of MWCA.

New Staff Kaaren Robbins has been on board for about two and a half months and she is working out fabulously. She enjoys being able to work from home and says the job inspires her. She has definitely helped get the database back on track with a lot of training videos and her passion to understand the database. She could easily be putting in 40+ hours a week, but I have commanded her to keep it to 30. There is much, much to do with the database, getting membership caught up, touching base with those who have expired, and with updating the website. As I stated to the MDA folks, I didn’t believe we’d ever be able to fill Diana’s shoes, but after passing through 3 other temporary folks, I can now say we’ve found the one who I think will do an outstanding job for MWCA and take us to new heights. We are very fortunate to have her. Kaaren was able to attend the SC Crew Training in Billings and meet with her area folks and she told me she learned a lot and had a great time (she did get to listen to Gary Olsen’s weed ID talk after all! LOL) You will all be meeting Kaaren and seeing her face as much as mine because I feel she needs to be an integral part of MWCA and understand what we do. In addition, she will be taking over some accounting duties with QuickBooks in the reconciliation part. With all of this work load and with my recommendation, the ECommittee is recommending to have her work 30/week with a $1/hr pay increase (from $13- $14) upon her 6 month successful evaluation (Sept). They also have come up with the benchmarks for her to increase membership and get bonuses based on those benchmarks: Upon reaching 1,000 members, she will receive a $1000 bonus Upon reaching 1500 members, she will receive 20% of the income from the additional 500 members Upon reaching 2,000 members, she will receive 20% of the income from the additional 500 members…and so on. (However, if we reach 2,000 members, I’d recommend weight in gold J)

Other Speaking of bonuses, the ECommittee recommended a $2500 bonus for my efforts this past year and as an incentive. Kellieann brought up that in all of my time with MWCA, I have received no retirement benefits, so this was also a way of addressing that. I am so appreciative of the Ecommittee for their faith in the job I do and thank them so much for this recommendation. As of July of this year, I’ll have been with MWCA for 16 years; it sure is interesting to look back over the years and see all of the changes and progression the Association has been through.

Stay cool out there- it’s looking like a VERY hot summer we have ahead of us.

 


MSU: Report for the Montana Noxious Weed Trust Fund Advisory Council

Friday, June 17th, 2016

 

MSU AnnualReport MNWTF June 2016 cover imageMontana State University: Montana Agricultural Experiment Station and Extension Service
REPORT FOR THE MONTANA NOXIOUS WEED TRUST FUND ADVISORY COUNCIL

This report for the Montana Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council was assembled in compliance with the Montana Noxious Weed Trust Fund Act and Administrative Rules which require an annual report from the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station and Montana State University Extension Service on current projects and future plans. This report is a compilation of major weed science research and education activities conducted by MSU over the past three years and includes comprehensive reporting of all weed science research products and education funding and activities.

REPORT

Tracy Sterling and Steve Siegelin

Tracy M. Sterling
Professor & Department Head
Department of Land Resources & Environmental Sciences
334 Leon Johnson Hall
Montana State University
P.O. Box 173120
Bozeman, MT 59717

http://landresources.montana.edu/

Phone: (406)994-4605
FAX:   (406)994-3933


MWCA Professional Training at its Best…

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

 

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Dave Brink, Weed Coordinator, Mineral County Weed District leads the, “Weed Information and Identification” session today at the WAC training in Ronan.

Have you signed up for your area crew training yet? Register now at www.mwca.org


Ravalli County Weed District is Serious about Noxious Weeds…

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

 

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Ravalli Weed Control District – We’re serious about noxious weeds. In fact, you may say, “We’re wrapped up in the fight.” See our new weed wrap on a road near you! Know more: www.weedawareness.org


It’s a WACky Weed World…

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

 

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It’s a WACky Weed World. Kellieann Morris (MWCA President) and Tom Reed (DOI Fish & Wildlife) ham it up with this mystery plant at the Western Area Crew Training today in Ronan.

It’s not – It’s Comfrey.


NEW Weed ID Field Guides are in!

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

 

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The perfect guide for identifying Montana’s noxious weeds. Everyone should have one. Available NOW with Montana’s latest changes. The booklet includes 38 state-listed and regulated noxious weeds with color photos and easy-to-identify descriptions. Produced by Montana Weed Control Association with sponsors Natural Resource Conservation Service, MT Department of Agriculture and MT Department of Transportation.Get yours today!