Services offered Items available for check-out
  • Forage nitrate testing
  • Disease identification and management
  • Pest identification and management
  • Pesticide Applicator Training
  • Seed testing
  • Soil testing
  • Water testing
  • Knapweed Biocontrols
  • Tree seedling orders
  • Hay probes
  • Soil probes
  • Well-water testing kits
  • Live animal traps

Private Applicator Training in Great Falls - March 11, 2020

MSU Cascade County Extension office will be offering a private pesticide applicator initial training in Great Falls on Wednesday, March 11, 2020. The training will be at the Montana ExpoPark’s Paddock Club and begin at 8:30 a.m. with registration. The training will end with the Montana Private Applicator Certification exam around 5:30 p.m.

Cost for the training is $35 per person that includes training materials and a roast beef lunch. The fee is $60 for the private applicator license after the training for those producers living in district 3. Licensing fees are based upon a five-year recertification period. To find out more about the private pesticide applicator program, go to

Individuals interested in the training need to register by Wednesday, March 4, 2020 to the MSU Cascade County Extension office or contact Rose at (406) 454-6980 for more information.

Pesticide Applicator Training Program

The Pesticide Applicator Training (PAT) Program is for individuals and/or their employees who wish to apply Restricted Use Pesticides (RUPs) to land they own, rent or lease for the purpose of growing an agricultural commodity.  For complete information on the PAT Program, please visit their website.

To Become Licensed as a Private Applicator

Private applicators must be licensed prior to purchasing and using restricted use pesticides. To become certified an applicator has two options: (1) take an exam or (2) attend an Initial Private Applicator Training. 

Montana Private Applicator Certification Exam

The Montana Private Applicator Certification Exam can be taken here at the Glacier County MSU Extension office. The exam has 50-questions and must be passed with a 70% or better. The exam is open book and not timed.  Please contact our office to set up a time to take your exam.

Initial Private Applicator Training

An Initial Private Applicator Training is a seven-hour program covering the basics of pesticide use. Upon completion of the program applicators must take an ungraded 50-question exam. Initial Private Applicator Trainings must adhere to criteria set forth for initial programs.  Contact our office for information about trainings.

License Fees

Private applicators must pay $12 for each year of the cycle for a total of $60 per each 5-year recertification cycle to the Montana Department of Agriculture. This fee is to be paid at the time of licensing and when the license is renewed. Glacier County is currently in the 4th year of the recertification cycle. 

Recertification Cycle by District

Glacier County is in District 3.  The current cycle ends on December 31, 2020.  The fee for obtaining your license in the current cycle would be $24.  The next cycle will run from January 1, 2021 - December 31, 2025.

district recertification map for Montana pesticide applicator program

Paraquat Training For Pesticide Applicators

An online paraquat training is available, created by pesticide manufacturers and approved by the EPA. This training provides information about paraquat’s toxicity, personal protective equipment, new label requirements, restrictions, and the consequences of misuse. Applicators must print out certificates online and retain for their own records. In addition, the National Pesticide Safety Education Center (NPSEC) will retain certification records as well.  In order to take this training you will need an email address to set up a guest account.

Pesticide Disposal Program

If you have unused pesticides that need to be disposed of, please visit the State of Montana website for the Pesticide Waste Disposal Program for more information on the free disposal program and state guidelines.

Palmer Amaranth

Montana, watch out for Palmer Amaranth! 
Palmer amaranth is a competitive and aggressive weed that can grow 2 to 3 inches per day in optimum conditions. Palmer amaranth can easily reach 6 to 8 feet tall, has tremendously thick stalks, and produces up to 1 million seeds per plant! It emerges throughout the growing season and is very prone to herbicide resistance. Palmer amaranth has been reported to reduce yields up to 91 percent in corn and 79 percent in soybeans.  Check out this NDSU guide for pictures and identification tips -  If you suspect Palmer Amaranth, please contact the Extension Office.
woman holding large noxious weed 
Stutsman County Extension agent Alicia Harstad with a
Palmer Amaranth plant (NDSU Photo)

Knapweed Biocontrols 

Please see the order form for details on purchasing biocontrols.

spotted knapweed    Knapweed Root Weavil

Herbicide-Resistant Kochia

For recommendations on controlling herbicide-resistant Kochia, please see this MontGuide.

Herb Resistant Kochia

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