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COVID-19 Update for Pesticide Applicator Testing:

Due to COVID-19, the Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) will begin scheduling exams for pesticide applicators on a limited basis beginning April 27th.  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


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

Other virtual events this fall and winter available for pesticide applicators to receive credits

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.

Montana Pesticide Fall 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 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.