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Sage grouse, farm & ranch succession planning among topics at 2014 Winter Grazing Seminar

Thursday, December 12th, 2013


Heidi Crum
Rangeland Resource CoordinatorMontana DNRC
(406) 444-6619

MILES CITY, Mont. – An in-depth discussion of sage grouse conservation and management – including a panel of ranchers who are currently managing sage grouse on their lands – is one of several topics on the agenda of the 2014 Winter Grazing Seminar, to be held Jan. 29-30 in Miles City, Mont.

The first day of the seminar will feature representatives from the Public Lands Council. Executive Director Dustin Van Liew will speak on multiple issues in agriculture. Montana Executive Director Jay Bodner and federal grazing permitee Lon Reukauf will also join the discussion. Next Tim Griffiths and Dr. David Naugle will give a presentation on Sage Grouse. To conclude the first day of the seminar a producer panel including Robert Lee from Forsyth will speak on a rancher’s perspective of sage grouse management on rangelands.

That evening, a social hour and banquet will be held at the Town & Country Club in Miles City. Northern Ag Network’s Haylie Shipp will be the Master of Ceremonies for the banquet. Range Leader of the Year Awards will be given to the winners of the rancher and professional categories. Governor Bullock is invited to give the keynote address. Bill Rossiter will be the evening’s entertainment with cowboy poetry and music.

The second day of the seminar will begin with Kevin Spafford, founder of Legacy by Design, with his presentation on Succession Solutions for Farm Families. The seminar will conclude with presentations from Fort Keogh researchers Dr. Andy Roberts on Heifer Development and Dr. Mark Petersen on Water Quality.

The seminar will be held at the Sleep Inn of Miles City. Registration is $30 per person before January 15 and $35 after. You may attend the banquet for $25 if you will be joining us for the meal.

MSU Report for the Montana Noxious Weed Trust Fund Advisory Council

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013


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 highlights of funded Montana Noxious Weed Trust Fund grants as well as comprehensive reporting of all weed science research products and education funding and activities.

Montana Noxious Weed Trust Fund Projects 2010–2012

  • Biological Control of Common Tansy and Oxeye Daisy, Jeff Littlefield
  • Biological Control of Invasive Hawkweed and Tansy Ragwort, Jeff Littlefield
  • Biological Control of Russian Knapweed, Jeff Littlefield
  • Biological Control of Whitetop and Perennial Pepperweed,Jeff Littlefield
  • Can Biological Control and Targeted Sheep Grazing be Integrated to Suppress Spotted Knapweed?, Jeff Mosley
  • Cheatgrass Ecology and Integrated Management, Jane Mangold
  • Continental Divide Invasive Weed Barrier Zone, Kim Goodwin
  • Establishing and Monitoring Insectaries for Yellow Toadflax Biocontrol, David Weaver
  • Herbicide Resistance Extension Information for Montana Producers, William Dyer
  • Identifying and Testing Candidate Agents for Russian Olive Biocontrol, David Weaver
  • Implementing EDRR in Montana Using the INVADERS Database, Jane Mangold
  • Integration of Pathogens, Sheep, and Herbicides to Manage Cheatgrass, Fabian Menalled
  • Missouri River Watershed Coalition Coordination, Elizabeth Galli-Noble
  • Rangeland Revegetation Revisited, Jane Mangold        Saltcedar Effects on Mycorrhizal Fungal Communities and Screening of Native Species for Restoration, Erik Lehnhoff
  • Tall Buttercup Ecology and Integrated Management, Jane Mangold
  • Weed Free Borders Protection Program, Kim Goodwin
  • Weed Management Certification Program, Jane Mangold
  • Weed Seedling Identification Guide, Jane Mangold

Download a copy of the complete report 2013 MSU Annual Report to the MNWTF

Turning Livestock into Land Management Tools at Grant-Kohrs Ranch National Historic Site

Sunday, November 29th, 2009


by Christina Miller,
Natural Resources Specialist, DSC Socks, Spackle, and Ginger Snap are only a few of the newest weed control managers at Grant-Kohrs Ranch NHS. They successfully completed a seven-step program that modified their preferred cuisine and made them effective rangeland stewards. These new weed control managers dutifully spend their days grazing in the pastures, working toward the eradication of exotic invasive weeds. Oh, by the way, they’re cattle, affectionately termed “smart cows.”

Read the complete article about these weed eating cattle.

An Overview of Targeted Grazing and the Montana Sheep Institute

Thursday, November 12th, 2009


By Becky Kington, Montana Weed Control Association Executive Director and Dr. Lisa Surber, Research Scientist, Montana Sheep Institute.

The following is an interview that was conducted on October 23, 2009, between Becky and Lisa regarding targeted grazing.

Sheep grazing dalmatian toadflax, photo credit: L. Surber

Sheep grazing dalmatian toadflax, photo credit: L. Surber

Lisa, the MSU Sheep Institute has been involved in numerous targeted grazing projects in Montana over the past few years, and I have to credit MSI with elevating targeted grazing as an integrated control method for noxious weeds. How many targeted grazing projects have you [MSI] been involved with over the years and what specific weeds have been chosen to experiment with?

The Montana Sheep Institute (MSI) oversees approximately 15 targeted grazing projects with monitoring sites utilizing sheep and goats from multiple sheep producers.  Montana Sheep Institute weed projects directly involved over 50,000 acres of weed-infested Montana rangeland and about 500 landowners. Currently major weed projects are targeted at leafy spurge, spotted knapweed and Dalmatian toadflax.