Pesticide News - January 5, 2021
MSU Extension Pesticide Education Program Recognizes Molly Masters for Statewide Impacts
Cecil Tharp, MSU Pesticide Education Specialist
A Montana State University Extension agent has been recognized by the MSU Pesticide Education Program for her exceptional efforts benefitting agricultural producers across the state.
Molly Masters, Big Horn County Extension and 4-H agent, received the program’s early achievement award, given to an individual demonstrating exceptional efforts and impacts in pesticide education over their first five years with Extension.
Molly Masters, Big Horn County Extension and 4-H agent, received the MSU Pesticide Education Program's early achievement award, given to an individual demonstrating exceptional efforts and impacts in pesticide education over their first five years with Extension.
Masters, who grew up in Big Horn County, earned her bachelor’s degree in animal science and her master’s in land resources and environmental sciences from MSU’s College of Agriculture. She has worked as an Extension agent since 2014. Since then, Masters has created and delivered presentations on topics such as integrated pest management and alfalfa weevil management, while offering initial private pesticide trainings, livestock management programs and other pesticide recertification events.
She assists producers and peers with insect management and pesticide education, and she serves on the advisory panel representing south-central Montana for the MSU Pesticide Education Program. As a panel member, Masters has assisted county partners in delivering accurate, critical pesticide education information. Additionally, she helps prepare instructors at annual “train the trainer” events.
“Pesticide education covers a wide breadth of topics including gardening, livestock, and crops," Masters said. "For this reason, pest information is fairly easy to at least mention in many of my agriculture programs. You can learn a lot of information from the MSU Pesticide Education Program that will help you be successful.”
For More Information
For more information on the MSU Pesticide Education Program visit www.pesticides.montana.edu. Future pesticide education nominations may be sent to Cecil Tharp, MSU Extension pesticide education specialist, at [email protected] or 406-994-5067.