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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.

Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council SOP & Responsibilities

Noxious Weed Trust Fund History - White Paper




News and Information

 

  Open Positions for the Noxious Weed Management Advisory Committee

  • Livestock Production Representative
  • Herbicide Dealer or Application Representative
  • Biological Research and Control Interests Representative
  • Western County Weed District Representative
  • Agriculture Crop Production Representative
    • Please click on the blue button above to apply.

   

Upcoming Meetings

 

Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council Meeting and Grant Hearings

  • March 8-12, 2021
  • Via Zoom - hearings will be held virtually
  • Agenda/Schedule  

 

 

 

 


 

Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council Appointments

Board Members

Name City Term End Qualifications
Mike Foster, 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
Vacant



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 Department of Agriculture Reminds Montanans to Sow Safe Seeds

Buying and planting seed from licensed dealers protects Montana from invasive species

Montana Department of Agriculture Reminds Montanans to Sow Safe Seeds

As people across the state gear up to plant their gardens this spring, the Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) is reminding growers about the importance of buying and planting seeds from licensed seed dealers to protect against invasive species and plant diseases.

“Spring is such an exciting time for agriculture in Montana, from our farmers and ranchers out in the field to the folks planting gardens in their backyard,” said Director Mike Foster. “Along with this excitement comes a responsibility to look after our state by purchasing seeds from trustworthy sources. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Department to ensure that your seeds are safe before planting them.”

Last year, residents in all 50 states received unsolicited “mystery seeds” through the mail that originated in China causing federal and state agencies to urge recipients not to plant them, and to contact their state regulatory officials to submit them for testing or dispose of them instead. Close to 150 seed packages were received in Montana and sent to USDA’s Animal and Plant Inspection Service (APHIS) for testing. A mix of ornamental, fruit and vegetable, herb and weed species were discovered and fortunately determined not to be severely hazardous. In this case, the unsolicited seeds appear to have been sent as part of a brushing scam designed to boost e-commerce rankings for companies by shipping items to unknowing individuals and then creating false profiles and fabricated positive reviews.

Whether it be as part of a brushing scam or otherwise, planting unknown or unsolicited seeds can introduce harmful pests and/or diseases. To ensure your seeds are safe, please:

  • check to confirm the seed species information is printed on the seed package
  • do not plant any seeds of unknown species or origin
  •  verify seed suppliers are licensed in MT at mtplants.mt.gov or call MDA at (406) 444-3144.

The Federal Seed Act and Montana Seed Laws require seed sellers and distributors to plainly label their packages. The MDA Seed Program ensures that seeds offered for sale in Montana are truthfully labeled for identity, purity, and viability. To learn more, visit the Montana Department of Agriculture’s web page at agr.mt.gov/SeedProgram.

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Over $2 Million Awarded Through Noxious Weed Trust Fund Grant Program

Over 130 MT counties, tribes, conservation districts, local communities, and educators awarded funds to develop and implement noxious weed management programs

Over $2 Million Awarded Through Noxious Weed Trust Fund Grant Program

The Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council announced the recipients of over $2 million awarded through the Montana Noxious Weed Trust Fund grant program. Over 130 Montana counties, tribes, conservation districts, local communities, and educators were awarded funds to develop and implement noxious weed management programs across Montana.

“I was very impressed with the quality of projects submitted to the noxious weed grant program this year,” said Mike Foster, Director of Montana Department of Agriculture. “These projects play a crucial role in preserving agricultural lands and livelihoods here in Montana, and I’m looking forward to seeing their work in action.”

The Noxious Weed Trust Fund (NWTF) grant hearings and deliberations were held virtually March 8-12th. Click here to view the full list of 2021 grant project recipients.

Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council is Recruiting for Open Positions

Applications and nominations due May 1, 2021

Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council is Recruiting for Open Positions

The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) is currently recruiting for open positions on its Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council (NWMAC). The following council terms expire June 30, 2021:

  • Livestock Production Representative
  • Herbicide Dealer or Applicator
  • Biological Research and Control Interests Representative
  • Western County Weed District Representative
  • Agriculture Crop Production Representative

Click here to learn more about the Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council and apply. 

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