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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.


The MDA Fall Recertification Training Webinar Schedule

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).   

Classification Credits: The Vertebrate Pests and Human Health training is specific to the diseases that transfer from wildlife to humans providing tips on awareness and prevention. This training will provide 1 CE for each of the following classifications: (10) Dealer, (32) Ag Vertebrate Pest, (33) Forest Pest, (34) O&T, (40) IISH, (43) M-44, (45) School IPM, (51) Predator, (54) Rodent, and (63) Private Sodium Cyanide(M-44).

All other scheduled trainings will provide 1 CE in the following classifications: (10) Dealer, (30) Ag Plant Pest, (31) Ag Animal Pest, (32) Ag Vertebrate Pest, (33) Forest Pest, (34) O&T, (35) Seed Treatment, (36) Aquatic Pest, (37) Right of Way, (38) Public Health Pest, (39) Demo & Research, (40) IISH, (41) Wood Treatment, (43) M-44, (44) Special Utility, (45) School IPM, (46) Piscicide, (56) Other, (50) Mosquito Abatement, (51) Predator, (54) Rodent, (55) Regulatory Weed, (60) Private Ag Pest, (61) Private Aquatic Pest, (63) Private Sodium Cyanide(M-44).

*12:00 and 6:00 pm trainings on the same day are the same training and do not qualify for duplication of credits.

A couple of helpful tips:

  • 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) *MDA Fall Training* in the Meeting Name to pull up this specific list of trainings.
  • 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. 

2020 Fall Webinar Training Events Calendar

Date Time & Course Link Topic Presenter Course Info
September 30

12:00 p.m. Training - Link to Webinar

6:00 p.m. Training - Link to Webinar
Vertebrate Pests and Human Health Stephen M. Vantassel, MDA Vertebrate Pest Specialist This presentation will cover the various threats to human health and safety posed by wildlife. The goal is to make attendees aware of the risks involved with wildlife and provide some tactics to reduce those risks.
October 14

12:00 p.m. Training - Link to Webinar 

6:00 p.m. Training - Link to Webinar

 

Understanding Pesticide Drift Dr. Cecil Tharp, MSU Pesticide Education Specialist

Dr. Tharp will go over the different types of drift, what is commonly encountered in Montana, and knowing when to apply pesticides to reduce drift. He will discuss ways to reduce drift including equipment modifications, timing, and understanding weather.

October 21

12:00 p.m. Training - Link to Webinar

6:00 p.m. Training - Link to Webinar
Understanding Pesticide Labels Myles Sailer, MDA Training and Development Specialist 

Understanding and comprehending the pesticide label is a crucial part of the application process. This course covers the important parts of the pesticide label as well as answering common questions that come up when reading a pesticide label.

October 28

12:00 p.m. Training - Link to Webinar 

6:00 p.m. Training - Link to Webinar
Pesticide Disposal and Container Recycling Carli Davis, MDA Pesticide Disposal and Container Recycling Program What are waste pesticides? How do I know if a pesticide is no longer usable? Who is responsible for proper disposal of pesticides? These and other questions will be answered at this informative training.
November 4

12:00 p.m. Training - Link to Webinar

6:00 p.m. Training - Link to Webinar

What to Expect During an Inspection Kima Traynham and Tonda Moon, MDA Field Staff

Routine inspections are part of the experience of being a pesticide license holder. MDA Field Staff’s goal is to help you be compliant with Montana’s pesticide laws and regulations and to ensure safety of license holders, citizens, animals, and the environment.

November 11

(Veteran's Day)  

12:00 p.m. Training - Link to Webinar

6:00 p.m. Training - Link to Webinar
Pesticide Storage and Equipment Maintenance   Myles Sailer, MDA Training and Development Specialist 

The proper storage of pesticides is imperative. In this webinar, Myles will discuss proper storage practices as well essential pieces of information on maintenance to prevent wasted product and time as well as potential environmental concerns.

November 18

12:00 p.m. Training -  Link to Webinar

6:00 p.m. Training - Link to Webinar
Pesticide Safety Michaela Hystad, MDA Field Staff

Understanding the importance of proper safety while applying pesticides to mitigate your personal exposure to pesticides. Topics covered in this course are PPE, ways to minimize exposure, first aid, and how to spot various heat related issues.

December 02

12:00 p.m. Training - Link to Webinar

6:00 p.m. Training - Link to Webinar
Pollinators (MDA) Alyssa Piccolomini, MDA Entomologist

Minimizing the risks of pollinator exposure to pesticides is important due to the intricate role pollinators play not only in the agricultural setting but in the environment as well. During this presentation you will learn about methods to mitigate exposure to pollinators as well as how pesticides affect pollinators

December 09

12:00 p.m. Training -  Link to Webinar

6:00 p.m. Training - Link to Webinar
Noxious Weeds (MDA) Greta Dige, MDA Noxious Weeds Trust Fund Grant Coordinator

Noxious weeds have a destructive impact on Montana’s landscape by displacing native species, increasing soil erosion, and decreasing habitat and recreational habitat. Some species of noxious weeds can have impacts on farming and ranching practices by displacing desired vegetation and crops. 

December 10

1:00 p.m. Training -  Link to Webinar

Montana State Rodent Academy

Ashley Freeman, Bell Laboratories
Stephen M. Vantassel, MDA Vertebrate Pest Specialist

A three-hour training on the control of house mice and Peromyscus spp. in structures.

December 16

12:00 p.m. Training -  Link to Webinar

6:00 p.m. Training - Link to Webinar
Mode of Action (MSU) Noelle Orloff, Shutter Diagnostic Lab, MUS Extension

Understanding the mode of action lets an applicator know how a pesticide will affect the species that need to be controlled. This presentation will discuss how pesticides are broadly classified and then will go into more details about how a plant is affected by a specific mode of action.

 


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


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Science Panel to Aid Montana Invasive Species Council in Management Options for Invasive Eastern Heath Snail

Eastern heath snail panelists will meet with MISC and agency staff December 7-10, 2020

Science Panel to Aid Montana Invasive Species Council in Management Options for Invasive Eastern Heath Snail

The Montana Invasive Species Council (MISC) in partnership with the Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA), United States Department of Agriculture-Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, and the Montana State University has formed a science advisory panel to examine the existing body of knowledge about the eastern heath snail (Xerolenta obvia) in order to better understand the risks and impacts associated with the species, and to identify the best containment and management strategy.

Panelists have provided responses to a series of questions about the basic biology of the snail, along with survey, monitoring, and control methods for managing it and pathways for movement and introduction. Through a series of virtual workshops, the panelists will meet with MISC and agency staff December 7-10, 2020, to discuss the question responses and develop recommendations and best practices to prevent further introductions and manage snail populations already established. For more information about the panel or workshop contact Stephanie Criswell, MISC Coordinator, at 406-444-0547, scriswell@mt.gov.

Montana Pesticide Winter Recertification Training Webinar Schedule

List of free Zoom webinar trainings is now available for MT pesticide license holders. Each training will provide 1 CE per training.

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.