This event is for those looking to obtain a private applicator license or those who already have a private applicator license. We will not be accepting registration for those with non-private applicator licenses.

  • Program #: 22-01
  • Date: March 9, 2022
  • Location: Dawson County Courthouse Community Room, 207 W Bell St, Glendive, MT 59330
  • Registration: Registration is required by March 1. Limited space will be available for walk-ins. To register sign up online or contact Amy Bowser at (406) 994-5178 or
  • Fee: $30 at the event (cash or check only)
  • Lunch: Provided

Registration for this event has closed. We will have limited walk-in spots available.

License Fee

In order to obtain your Montana Private Applicator license after attending this event you must mail in the application along with the appropriate license fee. Dawson County is in Private Applicator District 4. The license fee for District 4 in 2022 is $60. Please bring a check or cash to cover this amount.


Printable agenda

  • 8:10 am: Welcome
  • 8:15-8:45 am: Private Applicator License, Sharla Sackman, MSU Extension Agent - Prairie County

    This session will cover pesticide definitions and classifications, the importance of the pesticide license number, the recertification process, the fees associated with your pesticide license and how those are allocated, and rules and restrictions related to pesticide licenses.

  • 8:45-9:15 am: Reading the Pesticide Product Label, Trestin Benson-Feagler, MSU Extension Agent - Dawson County                                         

    This session will go into depth on utilizing the pesticide product label and the parts to a product label. Label parts will include but not be limited to understanding the signal words and what they mean, reading pesticide ingredients, REI, directions for use, storing and disposing of pesticides, and importance of knowing the product use sites and locations. 

  • 9:15-10:15 am: Integrated Pest Management, Cecil Tharp, MSU Extension Pesticide Education Specialist       

This session will describe what integrated pest management is, the benefits of IPM, understanding the economic impact of pests and when to take action, monitoring, pest identification, various control methods, and understanding pesticide resistance and how to manage for resistance.

  • 10:15 - 10:30 am: Break 
  • 10:30 am -12:00 pm: Pesticide Safety, Amy Bowser, MSU Extension Pesticide Education Technician

    This presentation will dive into the toxicity, routes of exposure, LD50, and signal words of pesticides. First aid and step to take in the event of exposure or poisoning. Proper PPE for handling pesticides, and how to clean equipment properly.

  • 12:00 - 1:00 pm: Catered Lunch

  • 1:00-2:00 pm: Pesticides in the Environment, Shelley Mills, MSU Extension Agent - Valley County

    This presentation will cover what happens to the pesticides once they are applied. We will discuss how pesticides move in the environment and their behavior, solubility, absorption, pesticide persistence, and how pesticides breakdown once applied. This presentation will also cover drift in its various forms, and the factors that contribute. 

  • 2:00 - 3:00 pm: Pertinent Pesticide Laws, Eric Clanton, MDA District 5 Officer                                            

    This presentation will cover the Worker Protection Standard (WPS), Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), Montana Pesticides Act, Montana Pollutant Discharge Elimination System, and other Montana laws and regulations. Includes information on recordkeeping of pesticide applications.

  • 3:00 - 3:15 pm: Break

  •  3:15-4:45 pm: Calibration of Sprayers, Cecil Tharp, MSU Extension Pesticide Education Specialist

Applicators will determine output of sprayers (GPA) and nozzle output. Other topics will be how to read a nozzle specification sheet, understand the effects of speed and pressure, how many acres can you spray with a given volume, how much pesticide product to add to the tank, how much pesticide solution do you add to the tank, and using calibration formulas to help you keep pesticide records.

  • 4:45 pm: Review and Exam, Amy Bowser, MSU Extension Pesticide Education Technician

  • 5:30 pm: Evaluations, Licensing and Wrap Up

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