Meeting on Pesticide Safety Training for Cherry Farm Workers


HELENA, Mont. — Cherry orchards near Flathead Lake will receive free pesticide safety training this summer for employees including seasonal and migrant farm workers. The Montana Department of Agriculture has partnered with Rural Employment Opportunities (REO) to arrange the training for workers.

An informational meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 24, at the Yellow Bay Clubhouse, Hwy 35 Mile Marker 18, south of Big Fork. Refreshments will be provided. Representatives from the department and REO will discuss federal regulations enforced by the department in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The 1992 federal Worker Protection Standard covers pesticides that are used in the production of agricultural plants on farms, forests, nurseries, and greenhouses. Employers of agricultural workers or pesticide handlers must comply with WPS and must offer pesticide safety training to employees.

REO is a Montana non-profit corporation founded in 1981 to provide education, employment and training services to seasonal and migrant farm and ranch workers. The pesticide safety training will be provided in both English and Spanish, and REO staff will be available to train at the work site or anywhere that is convenient for workers and employers.

For additional information contact Sarah Holden in Missoula at (406) 329-1346, by email at or by mail at Montana Department of Agriculture, 2681 Palmer Street Suite G, Missoula, MT 59808.


Published: June 8, 2010 3:50:00 PM MDT.
Last Modified: May 17, 2011 9:28:54 AM MDT