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MSU Extension to offer regional pesticide training

February 27, 2017 -- MSU News Service

The MSU Pesticide Education Program is coordinating regional initial pesticide training programs across Montana in March.

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BOZEMAN -- The Montana State University Pesticide Education Program is coordinating regional Initial Private Applicator pesticide training programs across Montana this spring, holding classes in Kalispell on March 7, Harlowton on March 9 and Lame Deer on March 29.

These six-hour training opportunities are designed for individuals interested in learning more about pesticides, as well as those desiring a private pesticide applicator license. A private pesticide applicator license allows individuals to apply restricted use pesticides on land they own, rent or lease.

Each program will cover several 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 and reading and understanding the pesticide product label.

Specialists speaking at the tour include Kevin Wanner, MSU cropland insect specialist; Kima Caddell, Eric Clanton and Theresa Schrum, Montana Department of Agriculture district officers; Amy Bowser, MSU pesticide education technician; and Cecil Tharp, MSU pesticide education specialist. Surrounding MSU Extension county and reservation agents will also be assisting with many of the presentations.

Attendees will qualify for a private applicator pesticide license by attending the entire event. Once qualified, individuals must send in a new applicator permit, with a license fee to the MDA to receive their Montana private applicator license. Current private applicators may attend the event to receive six private applicator credits. Current pesticide applicators may check their credits online at

Registration fees vary by location, with the Kalispell event costing $25 and Harlowton $20. The Lame Deer event is free. The fee covers necessary manuals and a catered lunch.

To register online, visit To register by mail, visit and click on the link for the desired location. Attendees are strongly urged to pre-register as space is limited.

For more information, contact Amy Bowser, MSU pesticide education technician, (406) 994-5178 or

For a full agenda of the Kalispell event, see

For a full agenda of the Harlowton event, see

For a full agenda of the Lame Deer event, see

The MSU Extension Pesticide Education Program is an educational program promoting the proper use of pesticides to protect public health and the environment. The program supports all applicators, businesses and homeowners by combining educational resources and knowledge from scientists, governmental agencies and the public.

Contact: Cecil Tharp, MSU Extension, (406) 994-5067 or