Agriculture and Natural Resources
2020 Pest Management Tour
The 2020 MSU Pest Management Tour is a last chance opportunity for private applicators in PAT District 3 (Northcentral Montana) to obtain recertification credits before the December 31, 2020 private applicator expiration date. Three credits will be offered for each session (Session 1 or 2). Attendees may attend both sessions to accumulate six recertification credits. Onsite programming will be offered at county locations on October 6th and 8th, while a webinar will be offered to individuals at home on October 9th. Commercial and government applicator credits will also be offered. Please view the complete schedule for information.
Agenda: Thursday, October 8th
Glacier County: Cut Bank, MT, Glacier County Extension, 1210 E. Main
Lunch provided. No fee.
Contact and RSVP: Kari Lewis, Glacier County MSU Extension Agent
Pre-register by October 4th by phone/email: (406) 873-2239; email@example.com
Session 1: 2:30 PM to 5:35 PM
Session 2: 6:05 PM to 9:15 PM
Agenda: Friday, October 9th
Delivered to Individuals Online
Contact and RSVP: Amy Bowser, MSU Extension Pesticide Education Technician
Pre-register by October 6th by phone/email: (406) 994-5178, firstname.lastname@example.org or register online at http://www.pesticides.montana.edu/events/2020PMT.html. You must post attendance randomly when asked (at least twice per hour) to recieve credit. Instructions for accessing the training will be emailed one week in advance of the training and will be posted online. Drivers can be downloaded at WebEx.
Session 1: 8:55 AM to 12:00 PM
Session 2: 1:00 PM to 4:05 PM
Please see the order form for details on purchasing biocontrols.
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.
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.
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.
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 - https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/palmeramaranth/documents/PalmerAmaranth8.5x11.pdf. If you suspect Palmer Amaranth, please contact the Extension Office.
Stutsman County Extension agent Alicia Harstad with a
Palmer Amaranth plant (NDSU Photo)