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Private (Farm) Pesticide Applicators


A private applicator is defined as a person applying restricted-use pesticides for agriculture on land owned, rented, or leased by the person or by his or her employer.


Private applicators must be licensed prior to purchasing and using any fungicide, herbicide, insecticide or rodenticide that is labeled as a restricted-use product. A person interested in becoming a private applicator must either:

  • pass a graded written exam from a local office of the Montana State University (MSU) Extension Service, or
  • attend a training course provided by MSU Extension Service and take an ungraded written exam.


The fee for the private applicator license is $50 and the license is effective for five years. Private applicators wanting to renew their license must acquire six continuing education credits in five years by attending approved training courses.


Private applicators are required to keep records of all restricted use pesticides that they apply. These records must be logged within 14 days of the application and kept for two years following the application. Recordkeeping requirements include the date of application, field location, product information and other information, and can be found on the USDA Pesticide Recordkeeping Program website.


$50.00 for a five year license



Cecil Tharp

Pesticide Safety Education Program
Montana State University
P.O. Box 172900
Bozeman, MT 59717-2900
Phonel: (406) 994-5067
E-mail: ctharp@montana.edu

Daniel Reimer
Applicator Licensing Specialist

Montana Department of Agriculture
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 444-4900
E-mail: dreimer2@mt.gov
Fax: (406) 444-9493

Linda Johns
Pesticide Licensing, Registration, and Training

Program Manager

Montana Department of Agriculture
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 444-3676
E-mail: ljohns@mt.gov


Published: Thu Aug 25 14:00:00 MDT 2016.
Last Modified: Thu Aug 25 14:52:58 MDT 2016