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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 Agricultural Science 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 manages the Noxious Weed Trust Fund, which provides grants to local weed districts, researchers, communities and other governmental entities to eradicate, control or contain noxious weeds, and to encourage development of new and innovative weed management projects and technologies.

 

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. The bureau also manages apiary programs that serve the honeybee and alfalfa leafcutter bee industries.

 
 
 

Contacts

 

Dave Burch

Weed Program Manager
Montana Department of Agriculture
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 444-3140
E-mail: dburch@mt.gov
Fax: (406) 444-9466

Cam Lay
State Entomologist
Montana Department of Agriculture
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 444-3790
E-mail: clay2@mt.gov
Fax: (406) 444-9466

Beth Eiring

Quarantine/Nursery Specialist
Montana Department of Agriculture
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 444-9066
E-mail: eeiring@mt.gov
Fax: (406) 444-9466

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: July 24, 2014 1:53:44 PM MDT