The Agricultural Services Bureau provides services and enforcement of laws related to pest monitoring and suppression efforts including weed control, quarantines, import and export certifications, and insect and disease surveys. The bureau houses the state entomologist and programs relating to honeybees and alfalfa leafcutter bees. The bureau also provides licensing and registration services for pesticides, pesticide applicators and dealers, as well as services in the areas of pesticide education, ground water protection, pesticide disposal and special pesticide registration.
The Agricultural Services Bureau provides Licensing and Registration in these program areas:
Other responsibilities of the bureau include:
Pesticide Program: The pesticide program provides compliance assistance and enforcement of pesticide laws in regulations through routine inspections of pesticide users and investigations of pesticide accidents, misuse and spills. The pesticide program provides training and certification of pesticide applicators and dealers through department sponsored training and department approved industry training courses. Training and education are provided for worker protection related to pesticide use. The pesticide program conducts events for pesticide disposal and plastic pesticide container recycling.
Groundwater Protection and Monitoring: The groundwater program monitors groundwater throughout Montana for the presence of agricultural chemicals and may implement ground water protection measures if needed.
Special Pesticide Registrations: Provides for the use of pesticides in Montana for emergency pest problems under Section 18 of the Federal, Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) and for special local needs under Section 24(c) of FIFRA.
Vertebrate Pest Program: Provide information and training for the management of field rodents (ground squirrels, pocket gophers, prairie dogs, voles), birds, bats, and other nuisance vertebrate animals. The program provides specific training to applicators in the use of M-44 devices and Livestock Protection Collars.
Endangered Species Protection: Provides information, training and consultation for the protection on threatened and endangered species from the use of pesticides.
Noxious Weed Seed Free Forage Program: Along with the Noxious Weed Trust Fund, the bureau provides grants to local weed districts, researchers, communities and other governmental entities to eradicate, control or contain noxious weeds, and to encourage the development of new and innovative weed management projects and technologies.
Beekeeping Program: Includes the Apiary Program and the Alfalfa Leaf-Cutting Bee Program. The department registers all apiary sites in the state, and provides registration and certification of leaf-cutting bees.
Pest Management: 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.
Agricultural Services Bureau
Montana Department of Agriculture
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601