Pest Management Tour Offers Credit Opportunities for Pesticide Applicators across North-Central MT

Cecil Tharp, MSU Pesticide Education Specialist


The Montana State University Pesticide Education and Integrated Pest Management Programs are offering the Pest Management Tour (PMT) for private and commercial applicators across north-central Montana (Private Applicator Region 3; Figure 1) from October 6th – 10th. This program is designed to target regions in Montana that are in the final year of the private applicator recertification cycle. Region 3 private applicators must attain six private applicator recertification credits by January 1st, 2016 to re- qualify into the next certification cycle. Region 3 PMT participants include Glacier, Pondera, Teton, Cascade, Chouteau, Toole, Liberty, Hill and Blaine counties.

Map showing all Montana PAT regions by county (listed below)

Montana Private Applicator Training (PAT) Districts

Region 1 Counties

  • Lincoln, Flathead, Sanders, Lake, Mineral, Missoula, Ravalli

Region 2 Counties

  • Granite, Powell, Lewis and Clark, Broadwater, Meager, Deer Lodge, Silver Bow, Jefferson, Beaverhead, Madison, Gallatin, Park

Region 3 Counties

  • Glacier, Toole, Liberty, Hill, Blaine, Pondera, Chouteau, Teton, Cacade

Region 4 Counties

  • Phillips, Valley, Daniels, Sheridan, Roosevelt, Garfield, McCone, Richland, Dawson, Wibaux, Rosebud, Prairie, Treasure, Custer, Fallon, Carter, Custer, Powder River

Region 5 Counties

  • Judith Basin, Fergus, Petroleum, Wheatland, Golden Valley, Musselshell, Sweet Grass, Stillwater, Yellowstone, Carbon, Big Horn



Credits will be offered for private and commercial/government applicators. Private applicators may opt to attend only a morning or afternoon session for 3 private applicator credits; or both for 6 credits. Two commercial/government applicator credits will also be offered in the categories of dealer, demonstration & research and ag plant pest for attending either the AM or PM sessions. Pesticide applicator credits can be viewed online.


Speakers will deliver presentations on calibration, livestock insect pests, cropland insect pests, plant disease management, cheatgrass, herbicide resistance, forage pest management and other cropland weeds. MSU representatives speaking at the tour include:

  • Dr. Fabian Menalled (MSU Cropland Weed Specialist)
  • Dr. Jane Mangold (MSU Rangeland Weed)
  • Dr. Emily Glunk (MSU Forage Specialist)
  • Dr. Kevin Wanner (MSU Crop Insect Specialist)
  • Noelle Orloff (MSU Plant Diagnostician)
  • Dr. Greg Johnson (MSU Veterinary Entomologist)
  • Dr. Cecil Tharp (MSU Pesticide Education Specialist).


The tour will cover 9 locations in 5 days:

October 5th

  • Chinook, MT: Contact Blaine County Extension for exact location, Ben Hauptman at (406) 357-3200, No fee & lunch on your own, Starts at 8:40 am
  • Havre, MT: Contact Hill County Extension for exact location, Nicole Gray at (406) 231-5150. No fee & lunch on your own, Starts at 8:40 am

October 6th

  • Chester, MT: Our Savior’s Lutheran Fellowship Hall, 10 E Madison Ave, Contact Liberty County Extension, Jesse Fulbright (406) 759-5625. No fee & lunch on your own, Starts at 9:00 am
  • Shelby, MT: Comfort Inn, Contact Toole County Extension, Joe Parks at (406) 424-8350. No fee & lunch on your own, Starts at 9:00 am

October 7th

  • Cut Bank, MT: Voting Center, 913 E. Railroad, Please pre-register by contacting Glacier County Extension by October 5th, Kari Lewis at (406) 873-2239, No fee and free lunch! Starts at 9:05 am
  • Conrad, MT: Senior Center. Please pre-register by contacting Pondera County Extension by October 5th, Shaelyn Meyer at (406) 271-4053, No fee and free lunch! Starts at 9:05 am

October 8th

  • Choteau, MT: Stage Stop Inn, Please pre-register by contacting Teton County Extension by October 5th. Rhea Brutosky at (406) 466-2491, No fee and lunch on your own. Starts at 8:30 am
  • Great Falls, MT: MT ExpoPark’s Family Living Center, Contact Cascade County Extension, Rose Malisani at (406) 454-6980 ext. 305, No fee and lunch on your own, Starts at 8:30 am

October 9th

  • Fort Benton, MT: Ag Center, 1205 20th Street. Please pre-register by contacting Chouteau Extension by October 5th, Tyler Lane at (406)622-3751, No fee & free lunch! Starts at 9:00 am

Further Information

See the detailed program agenda online by selecting ‘2015 Pest Management Tour’, or contact your local Extension agent for local information. For any other questions contact Cecil Tharp, Pesticide Education Specialist, at the MSU Pesticide Education Program office (406) 994-5067, [email protected].

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