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Rangeland Seeding To Manage Invasive Weeds Focus Of ARS Brownbagger


February 19, 2020 | View PDF

Ranchers and rangeland managers fight continual battles with invasive weeds and are always looking for new ways to keep them at bay. USDA Weed Ecologist Matt Rinella has been studying the use of seeding rangeland as a means for managing weeds over the long term.

Dr. Rinella will share his findings this coming Friday, Feb. 21 at the USDA-ARS Northern Plains Agricultural Research Laboratory (NPARL), Sidney. Rinella is the third speaker in that facility’s annual winter BrownBagger Series. His talk runs from noon-1 p.m. at NPARL, 1500 N. Central Ave. Sidney.

He will be discussing the use of rangeland seeding to address invasive weed infestations and techniques for estimating impacts of invasive weeds on native plant communities.

Dr. Rinella is a USDA-ARS ecologist at the Fort Keogh Livestock and Range Research Laboratory, Miles City. He has B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Department of Crop and Soil Science at Michigan State University and a Ph.D. from the Department of Land Resources and Environmental Sciences at Montana State University-Bozeman.

Dr. Rinella has worked for the Fort Keogh lab in Miles City since 2004, where his research focuses on developing knowledge and management practices for addressing threats to rangelands posed by factors like climate change, exotic plant invasions and energy extraction.

NPARL invites all interested persons to join them for this very informative presentation beginning at noon Friday, Feb. 21. Bring your lunch. We’ll provide the dessert!

For questions or more information, contact Beth Redlin, 406-433-9427 or [email protected]


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