Noxious Weed Seed Free Forage Required on Public Lands

USFS certified forage sign
Noxious weeds have a destructive impact on Montana's landscape, displacing native plant species, increasing soil erosion, and decreasing wildlife habitat as well as compromising recreational values. Preventing the spread of noxious weeds into our pristine back country is vital. Certified noxious weed seed free forage is required when horses or pack animals are used on public land in Montana. Government agencies and public utilities also are required to use weed free mulches, bedding materials and erosion control barriers in their work.

How can YOU help reduce the spread of noxious weeds?

Feed ride and pack animals certified NWSFF hay at least three days prior to going on county, state or federal lands to ensure any previously consumed weed seeds pass through the animal while transitioning over to the weed free hay.

Use certified NWSFF hay and straw for 4-H and rodeo events at county fairgrounds. National Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and State lands require the use of certified forage and each bale or bag of feed must have an approved NWSFF marker (twine, tags, or label). Know before you GO!

BUY SMART! Choose certified NWSFF hay or straw for use on your own property. This helps prevent the spread of noxious weeds along with SAVING yourself money in the future on weed control efforts. Once a noxious weed population is established, controlling it can be expensive and develop into a long term battle to reach eradication.


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Noxious Weed Seed Free Forage Program Coordinator

Phone: (406) 444-7819
E-mail: agr@mt.gov

Jasmine Reimer
State Weed Coordinator

Phone: (406) 444-3140
E-mail: JReimer@mt.gov


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Free Webinar: Vertebrate Pests & Human Health

September 30th at 12:00 p.m. or 6:00 p.m.

Free Webinar: Vertebrate Pests & Human Health

Stephen M. Vantassel, Vertebrate Pest Specialist, for the Montana Department of Agriculture is presenting a no-cost webinar entitled Vertebrate Pests and Human Health on September 30th at 12:00 and 6:00pm. This 1 CE hour-long training will discuss the threats posed by vertebrate animals to human-health and safety and will provide some tips for mitigating those threats. Preregistration is required.

To preregister or to learn more about available trainings visit https://mtplants.mt.gov/PesticideApplicator/MeetingSearch.aspx.

Select the 32 - Vertebrate Pest category under the Webinar meeting type.

For additional information on vertebrate pests visit https://agr.mt.gov/Topics/Vertebrate-Pests

EPA Encourages Schools and Universities to Use EPA-Approved Products and Disinfectants to Keep Students Safe

Reminder to only use cleaning and disinfecting products found on EPA’s List N

EPA Encourages Schools and Universities to Use EPA-Approved Products and Disinfectants to Keep Students Safe

As many students across the nation return to school this fall, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is reminding school districts and state and local officials to remain vigilant when it comes to cleaning and disinfecting school buildings and facilities by using only products found on EPA’s List N. As part of the efforts to safely reopen schools, EPA is continuing to work closely with states, local governments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide up to date information to protect public health as school districts, private schools, and universities develop and implement COVID-19 re-entry plans for their students, staff, and parents.

Click here to view EPA List N (Disinfectants for Use Against COVID-19).

Click here to visit the MT Dept. of Agriculture's Pesticide Product Registration website or email pestreg@mt.gov