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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


 

Department Responsibilities

The Montana Department of Agriculture has the responsibility to ensure that pesticides are available for use and do not pose an unreasonable adverse effect on human health or the environment.

The department's Agricultural Services Bureau works to this end by:


What is NEW?


House Bill 126 Increases Fees for Pesticide Program Licenses and Products:

Click here for more information, or refer to current fee information on the Pesticide License and Pesticide Product Registration pages.

Online Payments are now available for:

  • Pesticide Licenses
  • Adding Operators
  • License Renewal Late Fees
  • Training Manuals/ Study Materials
  • Pesticide Training Courses
  • Pesticide Product Registrations

Refer to the Pay Online page for instructions.


Using Restricted Use Pesticides in Indian Country:

Pesticide applicators wanting to apply restricted use pesticides in Indian country within Montana’s borders must obtain an EPA federal pesticide certification. Submit a complete federal certification application form and a photocopy of both sides of your current and valid State of Montana pesticide license to the EPA regional office at:

US EPA, Region 8
Attn: Region 8 Certification
1595 Wynkoop St, 8P-P3T
Denver, CO 80202

The application form and instructions can be downloaded at the EPA website.


Bed Bug Information:

Check out EPA's Bed Bug Information Clearinghouse. This website has information for pest control operators, schools, hotels, landlords, health care facilities, and many other audiences. The Centers for Disease Control and EPA have determined that bed bugs are a pest of significant public health importance. Read more in the link to better understand risks associated with bed bugs and how government agencies are working together to provide support and resources to those affected.


Rodents:

Manage ground squirrels and other field rodent pests. Check out our bulletins or contact our vertebrate pest specialist to make sure you are doing it right!


Contact


Agricultural Services Bureau
Phone : (406) 444-5400
E-mail : agr@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


News


Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council is Recruiting for Open Positions

Applications and nominations due May 1, 2021

Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council is Recruiting for Open Positions

The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) is currently recruiting for open positions on its Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council (NWMAC). The following council terms expire June 30, 2021:

  • Livestock Production Representative
  • Herbicide Dealer or Applicator
  • Biological Research and Control Interests Representative
  • Western County Weed District Representative
  • Agriculture Crop Production Representative

Click here to learn more about the Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council and apply. 

Documents to download

Governor Gianforte Lifts Regulations for Fertilizer Delivery to Support Montana's Ag Industry

Hours of service regulations temporarily suspended for certain carriers to facilitate and expedite the delivery of fertilizer to Montana's farmers

Governor Gianforte Lifts Regulations for Fertilizer Delivery to Support Montana's Ag Industry

Governor Greg Gianforte issued an executive order that temporarily suspends hours of service regulations for certain carriers to facilitate and expedite the delivery of fertilizer to Montana’s farmers.

Agriculture producers regularly face a compressed spring planting schedule due to late snowfalls and wet conditions which increase the demand for anhydrous ammonia and other fertilizers across the state. Waiving hours of service requirements ensures that fertilizer haulers can meet the needs of the industry by delivering greater volumes in a short timeframe.

The order pertains only to carriers actively involved in transporting anhydrous ammonia and other fertilizers requires haulers to operate safely and prudently.

The order is effective from April 1 to June 6, 2021 and can be found here.

Documents to download