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Feb o, 2o03Agriculture: The backbone of th MonDak Region .orlcu s the word about combat noxious weeds The Ecological Management Leafy Spurge a top award from Research Ser- Program's members Gerald Ander- Chad Prosser, information .gist Department of chief scientific honored Spurge and other Wednesday at headquarters in provides a venue agency to honor Who've gone the promising the labo- said ARS act- Redlin and Miller .at ARS' Northern Research Sidney. Prosser, the laboratory in Sidney, now works at Theodore Roosevelt National Park in Medora, N.D. Richard works for USDA's animal and plant health inspection service in Fort Collins, Colo. Knipling present- ed Anderson, the TEAM repre- sentative, with a gold plaque and cash award for outstanding technology transfer. The Montana-based leafy spurge program was formed in 1997 to develop, and dissemi- nate information, integrated pest management strategies to com- bat leafy spurge, an exotic inva- sive species that infests at least five million acres in the United State and Canada. In the Dakotas, Montana and Wyoming alone, leafy spurge infestations cost about $144 million annually in production losses and control expenses. It crowds out native vegetation and threatens biodiversity, and the herbicides most commonly used against it can have adverse environmental consequences. Funded by ARS and managed cooperatively with APHIS, TEAM leafy Spurge has devel- oped effective and affordable management strategies to con- trol the weed during the past six years. Strategies they've researched include using biolog- ical control insects, naturally occurring plant pathogens and various grazing techniques. "TEAM Leafy Spurge has been extraordinary successful in accomplishing its mission," Knipling said. Members have distributed more than 48 million biological control flea beetles and produced more than 20 informational products, includ- ing brochures, CD-ROMs, man- uals, newspaper articles and a documentary. These informational products have reached a huge audience and educated ranchers and land manager throughout North America about how to deal with leafy spurge infestations. TEAM officials have traveled an estimated 250,000 miles to give more than 100 presenta- tions, and they've distributed close to 45,000 biological con- trol manuals. Their documentary, "Purging Spurge: Corralling an Ecologi- cal Bandit," was televised in June 2002 and helped ranch an even wider audience. TEAM members have partnered exten- sively with other federal, state anln ii~i~ ):ii/!!i?i;iiiii!iiiiiiiiiii~]!!iiiiiiiiiiiiii~/ ) ~ ~i :i~ ~: ! i/~ i iii:ii ii~:iiii~:iiil ili !i!i] Does this sound interesting to you'., PHOTO BY BILL V~,NDER WEELE clear Highway 16 a t ck lost about three bales of hay Thursday a trade agreement ust one issue as members of the Associ- to the 2003 Cattle and Trade ,'nd of the session, he National Cattle- adopted as well as several by the Montana approved a strategy Vith the impending origin labeling, mandatory in Ziation has publicly opposition to agreement with embers favor a agreement that Improved trade the beef indus- E-mail story ideas, event notices, photo, etc. to our editorial department editor@ sidneyherald.coir Latsl2rown Coat x Semi Gloss try. i)ii "Providing additional access to U.S. markets for Australian beef products without additional export opportunities for U.S. producers would damage an industry already strugglingwith weak market conditions," said John Swanz, the group's presi- dent and a rancher from Judith Gap. In other policy development, members voted not to seek repeal of mandatory country of origin labeling as requested by the Missouri Cattlemen's Asso- ciation but to request Congres- sional hearings to investigate the impact of COOL (country of origin labeling); to request USDA hold field hearings to increase awareness of COOL (country of origin labeling); and to educate producers about the program and work with state y cattle associations and related groups in this effort. COOL is voluntary until September 2004, at which time it becomes mandatory. Other policies proposed and adopted by the national mem- bership include urging federal agencies to use only scientific standards in determining range- land health; working on grid pricing systems that reward the management techniques required to consistently provide high-quality beef; and support- ing legislation to make conser- vation easements more benefi- cial to the donor. The convention, the annual meeting of the National Cattle- men's Beef Association, was held in Nashville Jan. 29-Feb. 1. and local agencies and institu- tions, and have extensively informed the public of the dan- gers of invasive species. Some participants who've used tools, developed by TEAM Leafy Spurge, have had great success in controlling spurge infestations. In fact, researchers believe if the same integrated management plans are carried out over larger areas, leafy spurge could be reduced to an incidental weed. For more information, visit htttp://www.team.ars.usda.gov/. The Culbertson FFA Chapter placed second at the Montana FFA State Floriculture Career Development event in Deer Lodge Feb. 8. Flathead earned first in the team division. Bainville placed fifth, and Richey took 12th place. There were 89 contestants and 19 chapters at the meet. Emily Noel, Hobson, was the top individual at the competi- tion. Placing for Culbertson were Twyla Rudolph in third, Saman- tha Engelke in seventh, Annie Snedigar in ninth and Nicole Aspenlieder in 11 th. Richey's Taylon Bain took 13th place. Y-4 Ranch joins association Y-4 Ranch, Sidney, is a new member of the American Angus Association, reports John Crouch, executive vice presi- dent of the national breed reg- istry organizations in St. Joseph, Mo. The American Angus Associa- tion, with more than 35,000 active adult and junior mem- bers, is the largest beef cattle registry association in the world. Its computerized records include detailed information on more than 14 million registered Angus. The association records ances- tral information and keeps pro- duction records on individual animals for its members. The Sidney-Herald-Leader is a vital part of the community. It sets the tone and focuses intensely on the community it serves. The Sidney-Herald-Leader would like your help! 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