Quarterly Newsletter - District 3 - September 2021
District 3 Fall Newsletter
Dear District 3 Private Applicators,
You are now in the first year of your five-year recertification cycle. You have until December 31, 2025 to obtain the six required recertification credits in order to renew your license for the next cycle. We encourage applicators to obtain these credits throughout the cycle and not all in the last year. Remember, your local MSU Extension Agent is available to answer questions about events, licensing or pesticide issues. You can always contact the MSU Pesticide Education Program as well.
Attaining your Pesticide License if Lapsed
If your Montana private applicator license lapsed December 31, 2020 you have options to reobtain your license. At any time you can contact your local MSU Extension agent to take an open book exam. Some locations are offering online exams. Also, keep an eye out this coming winter and spring for Initial Private Applicator Trainings. These are seven-hour trainings which meet the requirements to obtain a Montana private applicator license. All initial trainings are posted online on our events page as they are approved.
Upcoming Webinars for Recertification Credits
The following list of webinars available for private applicator credits are hosted by various organizations. Please use the information provided to register for each event. This list is not comprehensive. Webinars are added as they are sent to the MDA for approval. Use the instructions above to search for more webinars.
- September 9, Avitrol Certification Live, 6 PA Credits
- November 11, Avitrol Certification Live, 6 PA Credits
Upcoming Onsite Events in District 3
The following list of private applicator events are hosted by various organizations in your district. Please use the provided contact information for each event to register and obtain more information. This list is not comprehensive and only represents a few currently approved courses. Courses are added as they are sent to the MDA for approval. Use the MDA Course Locator to search for more events.
- There are no onsite events available in District 3 at this time.
2021 Pesticide Waste and Disposal Program Schedule
Pesticide applicators and homeowners harboring old stocks of pesticides should be aware of the Montana Pesticide Waste Disposal Program. Delaying removal of unused pesticide products often leads to corroded containers that pose unnecessary risk towards the environmental and human health.
2021 Dates and Locations:
- September 21: Havre
- September 22: Great Falls
- September 23: Lewistown
- September 24: Bozeman
The cost for disposing pesticides is free for the first 200 pounds. For amounts that exceed 200 pounds, the cost is $1 per pound with a minimum charge of $5. Please come prepared to pay using a check made out to the Montana Department of Agriculture. Products are weighed on site. The disposal fee for pesticides containing dioxins, dioxin precursors, or any product that may require special packing at the site may incur higher fees. Please be specific about products being disposed on your registration and be prepared for products to be inspected at the site.
MT AgCast Presents IPM
Montana State University Extension presents the Montana AgCast, a series designed for the benefit of the Montana agriculture producer. Regardless if you are in the pickup feeding or in the tractor seeding, MSU Extension will be bringing you new and interesting content straight to your ears. Our podcast is produced to bring you the insights from MSU agriculture professionals and researchers so that you can get up-to-date information outside of the classroom and off the page
Recent Publications and News Updates
- Webpage: Wildfire and Drought Resources
- News: MSU Extension Drought Resources in Montana
- News: The 2021 Montana Pesticide and Waste Disposal Program Sites
Montana Private Applicator District 3 consists of the following counties and reservations in North Central Montana: Blackfeet Reservation, Blaine, Cascade, Chouteau, Fort Belknap Reservation, Glacier, Hill, Liberty, Pondera, Rocky Boy's Reservation, Teton and Toole. District 3's five-year recertification cycle expires on 12/31/2025. Applicators wishing to renew their license will need to obtain six recertification credits by this date. You can look up your current credits online, as well as look for currently available pesticide education courses.
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