Regional Pesticide Education Trainings offered across Montana in 2018

Cecil Tharp, MSU Pesticide Education Specialist

The Montana State University Pesticide Education Program (PEP) is coordinating five regional private applicator initial certification trainings across Montana. These seven hour training opportunities are designed for individuals desiring to learn more about pesticides, while simultaneously qualifying for a Montana private applicator license. A private applicator license allows individuals to apply restricted use pesticides on land they own, rent or lease. Training opportunities are available within Northern Cheyenne Reservation (Lame Deer) on January 17th, Blackfoot Reservation (Browning) on January 30th, Stillwater County (Columbus) on February 1st, Fort Belknap Reservation (Harlem) on March 6th and Broadwater County (Three Forks) on March 15th.

Each program will cover many subject areas of interest including integrated pest management, pesticide movement in the environment, pesticide safety and toxicity, pesticide law, calibrating ground spray equipment, understanding the private applicator license, reading and understanding the pesticide product label. Montana State University and Montana Department of Agriculture trainers speaking at these events include Dr. Jane Mangold (MSU Rangeland Weed Specialist), Dr. Cecil Tharp (MSU Pesticide Education Specialist), Amy Bowser (MSU Pesticide Education Technician), Theresa Schrum (MDA District Officer), Diana DeYoung (MDA District Officer) and Michaela Hystad (MDA District Officer). Surrounding MSU Extension county and tribal agents will also be assisting with many of the presentations.

Cost and Private Applicator Credit Opportunities

The registration fee varies by location with Lame Deer ($15), Harlem (Free), Columbus ($15), Browning (Free), and Three Forks ($27). This fee (when applicable) covers necessary manuals, speaker costs and a catered lunch. Private applicators may attend the entire program for 6 private pesticide recertification credits. Attendees will qualify for a private applicator pesticide license by attending the entire event. Once qualified, individuals may send in a new applicator permit with license payment to the Montana Department of Agriculture to attain their Montana private applicator license. Attendees are strongly urged to pre-register as space is limited.  See initial pesticide training details below.


Initial Training Details and Registration

Date Host Location Info Fee


Broadwater County

Three Forks
Headwaters Livestock Auction
25 Wheatland Road
Agenda $27


Ft. Belknap Reservation

FBIC Transportation Building
258 Agency Main St.
Agenda Free


Stillwater County

Columbus Fire and Rescue
944 E Pike Street
Agenda $15



Blackfeet Reservation
Glacier Peaks Hotel
46 Museum Loop
Agenda Free


Northern Cheyenne Reservation

Lame Deer
Charging Horse Casino
½ US 212
Agenda $15

Follow the links above for location specific agendas.

Contact Amy Bowser (406-994-5178; regarding registration questions, or Cecil Tharp (406-994-5067; with other pesticide education questions.

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