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

  • July, 2020
  • 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
6/30/2020 Recreationist / Wildlife Representative
Joel Farkell PO Box 284
Brady, MT 59416
6/30/2020 Consumer Representative
Margie Edsall P.O. Box 278
Alder, MT 59710
6/30/2020 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
6/30/2020 Eastern Montana Counties Representative
Trent Brusseau

13029 Walker Lake Rd.

Caldwell, ID 83607

6/30/2021 Herbicide Dealer & Applicator Representative
Jack Eddie 127 W. Glendale
Dillon, MT 59725
6/30/2020 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

Public Meeting Notice: Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council

July 1, 2020 via GoToMeeting

Public Meeting Notice: Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council

The Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council will meet virtually via GoToMeeting on July 1, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. To receive information to join the meeting, please reach Carol Bearden, Noxious Weed Program Specialist, at (406) 444-7880 or cbearden@mt.gov.


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

Documents to download

ARM Public Hearing Notice: Commodity Dealer Licensing and Restricted Weed Seeds (4-20-267 and 4-20-266)

Conference Call - Friday, April 17, 2020 at 10:30am

The Montana Department of Agriculture proposed admininstrative rulemaking for these two rules in Issue 6 of the Montana Administrative Register (MAR). Both proposal notices and their public hearing information can be viewed at the Secretary of State’s website at: https://sosmt.gov/arm/register/. A Public Hearing will be held via teleconference on April 17, 2020 at 10:30am. Concerned persons may submit their data, views, or arguments either orally or in writing at the public hearings.

Governor Bullock's Stay at Home Directive Identifies Food & Ag Essential Businesses and Operations

To curtail the spread of COVID-19, nonessential businesses and operations will close March 28 - April 10, 2020

Governor Bullock's Stay at Home Directive Identifies Food & Ag Essential Businesses and Operations

On March 26, Governor Bullock issued a directive requiring Montanans to stay home and temporarily close all nonessential businesses and operations to curtail the spread of COVID-19. The order, which takes effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 28 and will be in effect through April 10, identifies essential businesses and operations related to food and agriculture, as included in the sections shown below:

Click to view the  the Governor’s Directive Implementing Executive Orders 2-2020 and 3-2020.

Documents to download