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Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council

Members of the Council provide guidance to the Noxious Weed Trust Fund grant program, which assists counties, local communities, tribes, researchers and educators in efforts to combat noxious weed problems in Montana.

Council members are appointed by the Director of the Department to help guide counties, local communities, tribes, researchers and educators in efforts to combat the most serious weed problems in Montana.

The Council reviews each NWTF grant application and attends the week long grant hearings held annually in March. Grant funding recommendations are made by the Council at the conclusion of the hearings and presented to the Director for approval.




News and Information



Upcoming Meetings


Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council Meeting

  • January, 2021
  • Location: TBD



Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council Appointments

Board Members

Name City Term End Qualifications
Ben Thomas, Director MT Dept. of Agriculture
P.O. Box 200201
Helena, MT 59620
  Department Director & Council Chair
Jeanette Nordahl PO Box 874
Lincoln, MT 59639
6/30/2022 Recreationist / Wildlife Representative
Joel Farkell PO Box 284
Brady, MT 59416
6/30/2022 Consumer Representative
Ron McOwen

6050 Sypes Canyon
Bozeman, MT 59715

6/30/2022 At-Large Representative
Todd Wagner P.O. Box 529
Nashua, MT 59248
6/30/2021 Ag Crop Production Representative
Kellieann Morris 329 Airport Road
Stevensville, MT 59870
6/30/2021 Western Montana Counties Representative
Linda Eklund PO Box 73
Shawmut, MT 59078
6/30/2021 Livestock Production Representative
Kenny Keever 220 17th Ave
Havre, MT 59501
6/30/2021 Biological Research & Control Representative
Brian Ostwald PO Box 255
Joliet, MT 59041
6/30/2022 Eastern Montana Counties Representative
Trent Brusseau

13029 Walker Lake Rd.

Caldwell, ID 83607

6/30/2021 Herbicide Dealer & Applicator Representative
Amber Burch 2 S. Pacific
Dillon, MT 59725
6/30/2022 Montana Weed Control Association Representative

Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council Agendas and Minutes


Greta Dige
NWTF Grant Coordinator

Phone: (406) 444-7882
E-mail: Greta.Dige@mt.gov


Jasmine Reimer
State Weed Coordinator

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


Carol Bearden
Weed Program Specialist

Phone: (406) 444-7880
E-mail: CBearden@mt.gov


Noxious Weed News

Montana Pesticide Winter Recertification Training Webinar Schedule

List of free Zoom webinar trainings is now available for MT pesticide license holders. Each training will provide 1 CE per training.

Montana Pesticide Winter Recertification Training Webinar Schedule

The  MDA Winter webinar trainings schedule is now available to help Montana pesticide applicators fulfill their continuing education requirements for their Montana pesticide license under the current COVID-19 situation. These trainings are being presented via Zoom and are free of charge. Each training will provide 1 CE per training* for the listed classifications (categories).   

  • December 2, 2020: Pollinators
  • December 9, 2020: Noxious Weeds
  • December 10, 2020: Montana State Rodent Academy 
  • December 16, 2020: Mode of Action

Click here to learn more and register in advance.

Public Meeting Notice: Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council & Noxious Weed Seed Free Forage Program

Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. via Zoom

Public Meeting Notice: Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council & Noxious Weed Seed Free Forage Program

The Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council will meet virtually via Zoom on Wednesday, January 13th from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

Please contact Carol Bearden, Noxious Weed Program Specialist, at (406) 444-7880 or cbearden@mt.gov to receive information to join the meeting. 

Click here to view current members and learn more about the Noxious Weed Management Advisory Committee.

Documents to download

Montana State University's 2021 Crop & Pest Management School Canceled Due to Pandemic

Other virtual events this fall and winter available for pesticide applicators to receive credits

Montana State University's 2021 Crop & Pest Management School Canceled Due to Pandemic

Montana State University’s annual Crop and Pest Management School will not be offered in 2021 due to the pandemic, but pesticide applicators can attend other pest management events for pesticide license credits.

To search for other online pesticide education credit opportunities for private and commercial applicators across the state, visit the Montana Department of Agriculture at mtplants.mt.gov/PesticideApplicator/MeetingSearch.aspx and the MSU Extension Pesticide Education Program at pesticides.montana.edu/events/index.html.