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Noxious Weed Seed Free Forage Advisory Council

Advises the Department on Noxious Weed Seed Free Forage issues regarding the forage certification program, forage advertising, and the use of Noxious Weed Seed Free Forage on federal/state lands.

The Council is made up of 10 members including the Director of the Montana Department of Agriculture. Council members represent different groups such as producers, guides and outfitters, weed districts, and pellet manufacturers. The Council recommends inspection fees and marker costs which are regulated by program Rules. The Rules provide a mechanism to standardize fees, inspection procedures, enforcement actions, marking and tracking systems.

Upcoming Meetings

Noxious Weed Seed Free Forage Advisory Council Meeting
Date: January, 2021
Where: Heritage Inn, GF
Time: TBD
Place:


NWSFF Advisory Council Openings

The Montana Department of Agriculture administers advisory councils appointed by the Director to provide advice to the Department concerning administration of the Noxious Weed Seed Free Forage Act.The Department is currently recruiting for open positions on the Noxious Weed Seed Free Forage (NWSFF) Advisory Council. If you are interested in serving on the Noxious Weed Seed Free Forage Advisory Council, please apply and submit a letter of interest to the Montana Department of Agriculture by July 1, 2020.

The following council terms expire September, 2020:

  • Certified Weed Seed Free Forage Producer (Central)
  • Western County Weed District Representative
  • Eastern County Weed District Representative
  • Forage Product Processor

 The following council positions are currently vacant: 

  • Certified Weed Seed Free Forage Producer (Eastern)
  • Certified Weed Seed Free Forage Producer (Any region)
  • Outfitter’s or Guide’s Organization

Click here to download the application form. For additional information please contact Jasmine Reimer at jreimer@mt.gov, 444-3140, or Virginia Corbett at Virginia.Corbett@mt.gov, 444-3156.


Application Form for
Noxious Weed Seed Forage
Advisory Council


Council Members

Name City Term End Term # Representing
Ben Thomas, Director MT Dept. of Agriculture
PO Box 200201
Helena, MT 59620
    Department Director and Council Chair
Vacant       Forage Producer
Vacant       Forage Producer
Vacant       Outfitters and Guides
Margie Edsall PO Box 278
Virginia City, MT 59755
9/17/2020 2 Western Weed District
Joe Lockwood 3319 King Ave East
Billings, MT 59101
9/17/2020 1 Eastern Weed District
Jim Melin 305 Mill Creek Rd
Livingston, MT 59047
9/17/2020 2 Forage Producer
Vacant       Forage Producer
Vince Muggli 72 Muggli Lane
Miles City, MT 59301
9/17/2020 1 Feed Pellets/Cube Products
Vacant       Livestock/Agriculture
Darrin Boss 3710 Assiniboine
Havre, MT 59501
Ex Officio   Montana State University Ag Experiment Station
Vacant PO Box 173120
Bozeman, MT 59717
Ex Officio   Montana State University Extension Service
Wendy Velman 5001 Southgate Dr
Billings, MT 59102
Agency Representative   Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
Michelle Cox PO Box 7669
Missoula, MT 59807
Agency Representative   USDA Forest Service
Heather Unverzagt PO Box 173140
Bozeman, MT 59717
Agency Representative   Montana Seed Growers Association