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COVID-19 UPDATE FOR PESTICIDE APPLICATOR TESTING:

The way tests are proctored and where the exams are given has changed to minimize the risk of exposure.  Please contact your local MDA Field Office to schedule an exam using the following website:  https://agr.mt.gov/ASBFieldOffices


 

The Montana Department of Agriculture approves all trainings for pesticide applicators and dealers regardless of location and license type. Generally, over 400 trainings are approved for Continuing Education Credits (CEs) each year. Some are sponsored by MDA, many are sponsored by industry, professional organizations, online training institutions, universities, and more.

Use the links below to find the information you need.


Helpful tips for MDA trainings:

  • Register in advance for the webinars you wish to attend.
    • See a training you’d like to participate in? Just click on the link to register
  • Additional information is also available in the MTPlants Course Locator. Select Webinar for the Meeting Type and enter (including asterisks) *March Initial Core Training* in the Meeting Name to pull up this specific training.
  • You may be automatically directed to download Zoom when registering for a training. This is a quick and easy process. While not required, you can sign up for a free Zoom account at: https://zoom.us/signup. For the fastest and smoothest process, download Zoom ahead of time. This will help you be prepared so that you don’t end up late to a training.
  • It’s a good idea to join your scheduled training(s) 5 minutes before the training begins. 
  • Your license number is required to document attendance for any recertification training.

2021 Webinar Training Events Calendar

Date Time & Course Link Topic Presenter Course Info
April 13-14, 2021 

9am - 4pm each day

https://mtplants.mt.gov/CartInfo/PublicCart.aspx

Instructions: Go to above link. Select "New Item Type" and select "Course Registration" and "Add New Item". Click on the drop down menu for "Specific Item" and select course. A Zoom webinar link will be sent to registrants.

Deadline to register: March 29, 2021

50 person maximum

Additional initial trainings will be provided in the coming months.

**Valid email is required for this webinar. Zoom training access must be done from a computer where you can type.  

For more information contact: Lisa Dorrington 406.444.3732

April Initial Core Training MDA Staff This training is for Montana pesticide applicators and dealers. Initial Core Training is on pesticide safety and regulations and requirements for every certified applicator. This course is meant to provide training for initial certification. Recertification credits will not be available for attendance at this training.

Course Fee: $75 (includes National Core manual and initial core packet)
 May 11-12, 2021  9am - 4pm each day

https://mtplants.mt.gov/CartInfo/PublicCart.aspx

Instructions: Go to above link. Select "New Item Type" and select "Course Registration" and "Add New Item". Click on the drop down menu for "Specific Item" and select course. A Zoom webinar link will be sent to registrants.

Deadline to register: April 26, 2021

50 person maximum

Additional initial trainings will be provided in the coming months.

**Valid email is required for this webinar. Zoom training access must be done from a computer where you can type.  

For more information contact: Lisa Dorrington 406.444.3732

 May Initial Core Training  MDA Staff  This training is for Montana pesticide applicators and dealers. Initial Core Training is on pesticide safety and regulations and requirements for every certified applicator. This course is meant to provide training for initial certification. Recertification credits will not be available for attendance at this training.

Course Fee: $75 (includes National Core manual and initial core packet)

 


Contact


Lisa Dorrington
Pesticide Education Specialist
Phone : (406) 444-3732
E-mail : LisaDorrington@mt.gov
Fax : (406) 444-9493
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601


Myles Sailer
Training Development Specialist

Phone : (406) 444-5512
E-mail : Myles.Sailer@mt.gov
Fax : (406) 444-9493
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601


Rory Ruffner
Pesticide Licensing, Registration, & Training Program Manager

Phone : (406) 444-3676
E-mail : Rory.Ruffner@mt.gov
Fax : (406) 444-9493
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601


Events


Upcoming Initial Certification Trainings

Check back for updates.


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Montana Wheat & Barley Committee will Host Research Review Panels in Cooperation with Montana State University

“The Future’s Promise in Agriculture” research review panel scheduled for March 3, 2021

Montana Wheat & Barley Committee will Host Research Review Panels in Cooperation with Montana State University

The Montana Wheat and Barley Committee will host a series of research review panels on March 3, 2021 in cooperation with the Montana State University College of Agriculture and Montana Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES).

The event, titled “The Future’s Promise in Agriculture,” are open to the public and will take place via Zoom. MAES Associate Director Mary Burrows will moderate the three 40-minute panels, including:

What Innovations are on the Horizon in Montana Agriculture?

Featuring Lovreet Shergill and Kent McVay, Southern Agricultural Research Center; Perry Miller, Dept. of Land Resources & Environmental Sciences

10:30 a.m.

What is the Future of Plant Breeding in Montana?

Featuring Jason Cook, Jennifer Lachowiec, and Mike Giroux, Dept. of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology

11:10 a.m.

What Pests are on Our Horizon and How Can we Work Now to Mitigate Them?

Featuring David Weaver, Dept. of Land Resources & Environmental Sciences; Alan Dyer, Dept. of Plant Sciences & Plant Pathology; Frankie Crutcher, Eastern Agricultural Research Center

11:50 a.m.

To receive Zoom meeting information, please contact Tammy Suek, Administrative Assistant at Montana Wheat and Barley Committee, by email at TSuek@mt.gov.

National Invasive Species Awareness Week

February 22-26, 2021

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