• Program #: 22-02
  • Date: March 16, 2022
  • Location: Alder Fire Hall, 29 Upper Ruby Road, Alder, MT 59710
  • Registration: Registration is encouraged with walk-ins welcome. To register contact Kaleena Miller at (406) 287-3282 or
  • Fee: Free
  • Lunch: Provided

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. Madison County is in Private Applicator District 2. The license fee for District 2 in 2022 is $36. Please bring a check or cash to cover this amount.


Printable agenda

  • 8:00-8:30 am: Private Applicator License, Molly Yurdana, MSU Extension Agent - Gallatin 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.

  • 8:30-9:00 am: Reading the Pesticide Product Label, Kaleena Miller, MSU Extension Agent - Madison-Jefferson Counties                                         

    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. 

  • 9:00-10:30 am: Calibration of Sprayers, Ben Hauptman, MSU Extension Agent - Granite County

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.

  • 10:30 - 10:45 am: Break 
  • 10:45 - 11:45 am: Pesticides in the Environment, Jessica Murray, MSU Extension Agent - Beaverhead 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. 

  • 11:45 am - 12:15 pm: Lunch
  • 12:15 - 1:15 pm: Pesticide Laws, Theresa Schrum, MDA Plant Science Specialist                                           

    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.

  • 1:15 - 2:15 pm: Integrated Pest Management, Tim Seipel, MSU Extension Cropland Weed 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.

  • 2:15 - 2:30 pm: Break
  • 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm: Pesticide Safety, Cecil Tharp, MSU Extension Pesticide Education Specialist and 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.

  • 4:00 - 5:00 pm: Review and Exam

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