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22 February 2021
National Invasive Species Awareness Week

National Invasive Species Awareness Week

National Invasive Species Awareness Week is an international event to raise awareness about invasive species, the threat that they pose, and what can be done to prevent their spread.

These simple measures can help us stay informed, attentive, and accountable for preventing the spread of terrestrial and aquatic noxious species:

  1. WATCH FOR NOXIOUS WEEDS. If you spot some, notify your county weed coordinator https://www.mtweed.org/weeds/weed-districts/ or report to EDDMapS West. eddmaps.org/west/
  2. USE CERTIFIED WEED FREE. Make sure to use weed-free forage, hay and mulch. mt.gov/Noxious-Weed-Seed-Free-Forage
  3. PLANT ONLY NON-INVASIVE PLANTS. Keep your garden free of known invasive plants. Many invasive species introductions come from the ornamental trade. mtnativeplants.org/
  4. CLEAN YOUR GEAR. Always wash and dry your boots, bikes, waders, boats, trailers, and off-road vehicles between uses. playcleango.org/
  5. CLEAN.DRAIN.DRY. Aquatic invasive species are often inadvertently spread by boats. Clean. Drain. Dry. every time you use your boat. http://cleandraindry.mt.gov/
  6. DON’T LET IT LOOSE. Dispose of unwanted pets, aquarium plants and water, and live bait the proper way, and not into waterways. Be a responsible pet owner. dontletitloose.com/state/montana/
  7. DON’T MOVE FIREWOOD. Buy it where you burn it or gather it on-site. Firewood can harbor pests and disease, and Montana depends on it
10 February 2021
Registration for March Initial Core Pesticide Training Webinar is Now Open

Registration for March Initial Core Pesticide Training Webinar is Now Open

Registration for the Montana Department of Agriculture's (MDA) Initial Core Training is now available. This webinar course will take place from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on March 16-17th and cover pesticide safety, regulations and requirements for certified applicators. The course fee is $75 and those interested in attending should register thorugh MTPlants before March 1st.

This course will provide initial certification training only. Recertification credits are not available through this course. 

Click here to visit the Pesticide Trianing & Recertification webpage.

Please contact Lisa Dorrington, MDA Pesticide Educaiton Specialist, with any quesitons at (406) 444-3732 or LisaDorrington@mt.gov.

15 January 2021
EPA Takes Action to Investigate PFAS Contamination

EPA Takes Action to Investigate PFAS Contamination

As part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) extensive efforts to address PFAS, today the agency is making new information available about EPA testing that shows PFAS contamination from fluorinated containers.  

Through a coordinated effort with both the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a pesticide manufacturer, the agency has determined that fluorinated high-density polyethylene (HDPE) containers that are used to store and transport a mosquito control pesticide product contain PFAS compounds that are leaching into the pesticide product. 

EPA will update the following webpage with information as it becomes available: https://www.epa.gov/pesticides/pfas-packaging

19 November 2020
Montana Pesticide Winter Recertification Training Webinar Schedule

Montana Pesticide Winter Recertification Training Webinar Schedule

The  MDA Winter webinar trainings schedule is now available to help Montana pesticide applicators fulfill their continuing education requirements for their Montana pesticide license under the current COVID-19 situation. These trainings are being presented via Zoom and are free of charge. Each training will provide 1 CE per training* for the listed classifications (categories).   

  • December 2, 2020: Pollinators
  • December 9, 2020: Noxious Weeds
  • December 10, 2020: Montana State Rodent Academy 
  • December 16, 2020: Mode of Action

Click here to learn more and register in advance.

12 November 2020
Free Pesticide Recertification Webinar: Pollinators (presented by MT Dept. of Agriculture)

Free Pesticide Recertification Webinar: Pollinators (presented by MT Dept. of Agriculture)

When: December 2, 2020 @ 12:00 and 6:00

Topic: Pollinators

Presented by: Montana Department of Agriculture  

Please register in advance using the links provided below:

12:00 pm https://mt-gov.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_OuiGOyK_TySJsU6pWMVsRA

6:00 pm https://mt-gov.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_cayw3u4vS6aaL3fglq2A3w

13 October 2020
Montana State University's 2021 Crop & Pest Management School Canceled Due to Pandemic

Montana State University's 2021 Crop & Pest Management School Canceled Due to Pandemic

Montana State University’s annual Crop and Pest Management School will not be offered in 2021 due to the pandemic, but pesticide applicators can attend other pest management events for pesticide license credits.

To search for other online pesticide education credit opportunities for private and commercial applicators across the state, visit the Montana Department of Agriculture at mtplants.mt.gov/PesticideApplicator/MeetingSearch.aspx and the MSU Extension Pesticide Education Program at pesticides.montana.edu/events/index.html.

25 September 2020
Montana Pesticide Fall Recertification Training Webinar Schedule

Montana Pesticide Fall Recertification Training Webinar Schedule

The  MDA Fall webinar trainings schedule is now available to help Montana pesticide applicators fulfill their continuing education requirements for their Montana pesticide license under the current COVID-19 situation. These trainings are being presented via Zoom and are free of charge. Each training will provide 1 CE per training* for the listed classifications (categories).   

  • September 30, 2020: Vertebrate Pests & Human Health (Presented by: Stephen M. Vantassel, MDA Vertebrate Pest Specialist)
  • October 14, 2020: Understanding Pesticide Drift (Presented by: Dr. Cecil Tharp, MSU Pesticide Education Specialist)
  • October 21, 2020 @ 12:00 and 6:00: Understanding Pesticide Labels (Presented by: Myles Sailer, MDA Training and Development Specialist)
  • October 28, 2020: Pesticide Disposal & Container Recycling )Presented by: Carli Davis, MDA Pesticide Disposal and Container Recycling Program)
  • November 4, 2020: What to Expect During an Inspection (Presented by: Kima Traynham and Tonda Moon, MDA Field Staff)
  • November 11, 2020 (Veteran’s Day): Pesticide Storage & Equipment Maintenance (Presented by: Myles Sailer, MDA Training and Development Specialist)
  • November 18, 2020: Pesticide Safety (Presented by: Michaela Hystad, MDA Field Staff)

Click here to learn more and register in advance.

17 September 2020
Free Webinar: Vertebrate Pests & Human Health

Free Webinar: Vertebrate Pests & Human Health

Stephen M. Vantassel, Vertebrate Pest Specialist, for the Montana Department of Agriculture is presenting a no-cost webinar entitled Vertebrate Pests and Human Health on September 30th at 12:00 and 6:00pm. This 1 CE hour-long training will discuss the threats posed by vertebrate animals to human-health and safety and will provide some tips for mitigating those threats. Preregistration is required.

To preregister or to learn more about available trainings visit https://mtplants.mt.gov/PesticideApplicator/MeetingSearch.aspx.

Select the 32 - Vertebrate Pest category under the Webinar meeting type.

For additional information on vertebrate pests visit https://agr.mt.gov/Topics/Vertebrate-Pests

14 September 2020
EPA Encourages Schools and Universities to Use EPA-Approved Products and Disinfectants to Keep Students Safe

EPA Encourages Schools and Universities to Use EPA-Approved Products and Disinfectants to Keep Students Safe

As many students across the nation return to school this fall, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is reminding school districts and state and local officials to remain vigilant when it comes to cleaning and disinfecting school buildings and facilities by using only products found on EPA’s List N. As part of the efforts to safely reopen schools, EPA is continuing to work closely with states, local governments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to provide up to date information to protect public health as school districts, private schools, and universities develop and implement COVID-19 re-entry plans for their students, staff, and parents.

Click here to view EPA List N (Disinfectants for Use Against COVID-19).

Click here to visit the MT Dept. of Agriculture's Pesticide Product Registration website or email pestreg@mt.gov

24 August 2020
Waste Pesticide Disposal Events Set for September

Waste Pesticide Disposal Events Set for September

The Montana Department of Agriculture’s annual Pesticide Disposal Events will be held in several locations across Montana during September.   The annual events have collected more than 668,000 pounds of waste pesticides since it began in 1994. Event's will be held on the following days:

  • September 15th in Kalispell
  • September 16th in Polson
  • September 17th in Hamilton
  • September 18th in Butte

Click here for instructions to pre-register. The department asks participants to register before September 10th, before the collection events, so products can be managed safely and efficienlty.

 

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