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Pest Management

Programs Dealing with Invasive Pests and Diseases

Insects Good and Bad
Honey bee on a spotted knapweed plant

The department's Commodity Services Bureau assists in efforts to halt the spread of invasive weed, insect and disease pests, which helps to assure that agricultural products can move freely in commerce.


The bureau also manages other programs including pest surveys and risk assessments, as well as inspections, investigations, quarantines and enforcement actions to assure regulatory compliance. It provides phytosanitary inspections and export certification to assure that commodities and products meet requirements set by importing states and countries.


Not all bugs are bad, many insects are beneficial as pollinators, predators, and nutrient recyclers.




Ian Foley

Pest Management Program Manager
Montana Department of Agriculture
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 444-9454
E-mail: ifoley@mt.gov
Fax: (406) 444-9466


Published: April 1, 2011 9:30:00 AM MDT.
Last Modified: March 1, 2016 12:21:07 PM MST