Last Chance Private Applicator Credit Opportunities Offered in South Central Montana

Cecil Tharp, MSU Extension Pesticide Education Specialist

PAT District 5

Figure 1. Montana counties within Private Applicator Training District 5

 

The Montana State University Pesticide Education Program (PEP) would like to announce multiple last chance private applicator credit opportunities for applicators in need of credits within private applicator training (PAT) District 5. Montana private applicators in PAT District 5 need six private applicator credits prior to the December 31, 2022, deadline to avoid losing their pesticide certification. PAT District 5 includes the following counties and reservations: Fergus, Petroleum, Judith Basin, Wheatland, Golden Valley, Musselshell, Sweet Grass, Stillwater, Yellowstone, Carbon, Big Horn, Western Northern Cheyenne Reservation, and Crow Reservation (Fig. 1). Applicators can view their credit information online by entering their last name or license number. Online courses, webinars and on-site trainings within District 5 are available.

Onsite Opportunities within Private Applicator Training District 5

Events sponsored by MSU are marked with an *.

  • *November 9. Roundup, MT. Weed Control and Herbicide Use Workshop. Roundup Community Center, 700 3rd West. 9:00 AM – 3: 00 PM. 5 PAT credits. Topics include Biocontrol, Weed Control Following Fire, Herbicide Toxicity, Pesticide Safety and PPE, and Calibration. For more information contact Jennifer Solf at (406) 406-323-2704 or jennifer.solf@montana.edu.
  • *December 2. Lewistown, MT. Fergus County Pesticide Training. Eagles Club. 124 West Main Street. 8:15 AM – 4:15 PM. 6 PAT credits. Topics include reading the label, calibration, safety, PPE, formulations, Grasshopper Management and IPM. For more information contact Cody Ream at (406) 535-3919 or cody.ream@montana.edu.
  • *December 13. Hobson, MT. Research Roundup 2022. MSU Central Ag. Research Center. 9:00 AM – 2:20 PM. 2 PAT credits. Topics include managing alfalfa weevil, pyrethroid resistance, wheat stem sawfly, etc. For more information contact McKenna Volkman at (406) 941-0602 or mckenna.volkman@montana.edu.
  • *December 13. Hardin, MT. Last Chance Private Applicator Training. Big Horn County Fairgrounds, 118 Sawyer Loop. AM Session: 8:15 AM – 12:10 PM. PM Session: 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM. Last Chance Private Applicator Training. 3 PAT credits per session (6 total). Topics include pesticide education core topics. May attend both sessions for a private applicator license. For more information contact Andrea Berry at (406) 665-9770 or andrea.berry2@montana.edu.

Webinar Opportunities

An alternative to attending on-site programs are live webinars delivered to individuals attending online from their home or office. You must be present for all attendance checks to obtain pesticide education credits for these events. Events sponsored by MSU are marked with an *.

  • November 9. 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. MDA Webinar. Risk, Fate, and Transport of Pesticides.1 PAT credit. Contact Stephen Vantassel for more information at (406) 444-3732 or PestTraining@mt.gov
  • November 9. 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. MDA Webinar. Risk, Fate, and Transport of Pesticides. 1 PAT credit. Contact Stephen Vantassel for more information at (406) 444-3732 or PestTraining@mt.gov
  • November 16. 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. MDA Webinar. What's In Your Toolbox - IPM for Noxious Weeds. 1 PAT credit. Contact Stephen Vantassel for more information at (406) 444-3732 or PestTraining@mt.gov
  • November 16. 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. MDA Webinar. What's In Your Toolbox - IPM for Noxious Weeds.1 PAT credit. Contact Stephen Vantassel for more information at (406) 444-3732 or PestTraining@mt.gov
  • *November 17. 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM. MSU Pesticide Education Program. Pesticide Education Webinar Series: Managing Mice in and Around Structures. 1 PAT credit. Register online or contact Amy Bowser at (406) 994-5178 or amy.bowser@montana.edu.          
  • *November 17, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. MSU Extension. Improving Crop Resilience to Pathogens. 1 PAT credit. Contact Laurie Kerzicnik at (406) 994-5704 or lauren.kerzicnik@montana.edu.
  • November 30, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. MDA Webinar. Pollinator Conservation in Turf and Ornamental Landscapes. 1 PAT credit. Contact Stephen Vantassel for more information at (406) 444-3732 or PestTraining@mt.gov.
  • November 30, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. MDA Webinar. Pollinator Conservation in Turf and Ornamental Landscapes.1 PAT credit. Contact Stephen Vantassel for more information at (406) 444-3732 or PestTraining@mt.gov.
  • December 7, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. MDA Webinar. Trees & Herbicides. 1 PAT credit. Contact Stephen Vantassel for more information at (406) 444-3732 or PestTraining@mt.gov.
  • December 7, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. MDA Webinar. Trees & Herbicides. 1 PAT credit. Contact Stephen Vantassel for more information at (406) 444-3732 or PestTraining@mt.gov.
  • December 14, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. MDA Webinar. Agricultural Pollinators of Montana: Identification, Reducing Exposure, and BMPs.1 PAT credit. Contact Stephen Vantassel for more information at (406) 444-3732 or PestTraining@mt.gov.
  • December 14, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. MDA Webinar. Agricultural Pollinators of Montana: Identification, Reducing Exposure, and BMPs.1 PAT credit. Contact Stephen Vantassel for more information at (406) 444-3732 or PestTraining@mt.gov.
  • *December 15, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. MSU Pesticide Education Program. Pesticide Education Webinar Series: Rangeland Weed ID and IPM.1 PAT credit. Register online or contact Amy Bowser at (406)994-5178 or amy.bowser@montana.edu.

Online Courses

Online courses consisting of modules and a corresponding quiz can be taken at any time from your office or home for credits. There are 250 online courses available for private applicator credits (usually 1) over a variety of pesticide education topics. View the instructions for using the MDA Course Locator and follow the instructions under ‘online programs’ and following the link provided. 

End of Cycle Instructions

Each private applicator in District 5 will receive an MDA pesticide license renewal letter by the first week of November. Applicators who have not received a renewal letter by December 1, 2022 should contact their local MSU Extension PAT Coordinator or MDA Licensing Program, Lori Leaf (Lori.leaf@mt.gov; 406-444-3691). Applicators who have accumulated six or more private applicator credits or who passed a closed book exam in the last year of the cycle should sign the renewal letter and return to the MDA with the $60 license fee.

For More Information

Contact your MSU Extension agent for more information regarding other last chance programs in your area, or to assess your private applicator credits. For any other pesticide education question contact Cecil Tharp, Pesticide Education Specialist, at the MSU Extension Pesticide Education Program office (406-994-5067, ctharp@montana.edu).

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