2023 Pest Management Tour offers Last Chance Credit Opportunities for Private Pesticide Applicators across North-Western Montana

Cecil Tharp, MSU Extension Pesticide Education Specialist

PAT District 1

Figure 1. Montana Counties within Private Applicators Training District 1.


The Montana State University (MSU) Pesticide Education Program (PEP) is offering the 2023 Pest Management Tour for pesticide applicators in Private Applicator Training (PAT) District 1, from October 2nd - 4th. The tour will cover six locations in three days with support from MSU Extension agents. Private applicators may attend the morning or afternoon session for three private applicator credits, or all day for six credits. Commercial applicator credits are also available and can be viewed on the MSU PEP website

Private Applicators within PAT District 1 need six private applicator credits prior to the license expiration date of December 31, 2023. Applicators can review their credit information at https://mtplants.mt.gov/ by selecting "pesticide programs" and "pesticide license search" prior to entering their license number. Applicators can also contact their local MSU Extension office for license information.

Presenters for the tour include Dr. Hayes Goosey, MSU Extension Forage Specialist, on forage pests; Dr. Tim Seipel, MSU Extension Cropland Weed Specialist, on integrated weed management and herbicide resistance; Stephen Vantassel, MDA Vertebrate Pest Specialist, on management of vertebrate pests; Dr. Cecil Tharp, MSU Pesticide Education Specialist, on proper pesticide use and integrated pest management; Melissa Maggio, Montana Weed Biocontrol Program, on biological control of weeds; and Noelle Orloff, MSU Schutter Weed Diagnostician, on identification of weeds and nontarget pesticide symptomology. Presentations vary by locations. 

October 2nd

  • Kalispel, MT: Hilton Garden Inn, 1840 Hwy 93 South, Kalispell. Contact and RSVP: Mackenzie Day, MSU Flathead County Extension Agent, RSVP by October 1st. Phone: 406-758-5554; Email: [email protected]. $15 fee. Lunch provided.
  • Ronan, MT: Community Center, 300 Third Ave NW. Contact and RSVP: Contact and RSVP: Patrick Mangan, MSU Flathead Reservation Extension Agent, RSVP by October 1st. Phone: (406)210-9843; Email: [email protected]. $20 fee. Lunch provided. 

October 3rd

  • Superior, MT: Mineral County MSU Extension Office, 301 2nd Ave East. Contact and RSVP: Dave Brink, MSU Mineral County Extension Agent, RSVP by October 2nd. Phone: (406) 822-3545; Email: [email protected]. $15 fee. Lunch provided.
  • Plains, MT: Butcher's Nook, 600 W. Railroad Avenue. Contact and RSVP: Wendy Carr, MSU Sanders County Extension Agent, RSVP by October 2nd. Phone: (406) 827-6934; Email: [email protected]. $10 fee. Lunch provided.  

October 4th

  • Missoula, MT: Fairgrounds, Gerald W. Marks Exploration Center, 1075 South Ave W, Large Conference Room, New Facility Conference Room. Contact and RSVP: Steffany Rogge, Missoula County Weed Education Coordinator Pre-register by September 29th. Phone: (406)258-4211; Email: [email protected]. $20 fee. Lunch provided.
  • Hamilton, MT: Bitterroot River Inn & Conf. Center, 139 Bitterroot Plaza Drive. Contact and RSVP: Kimberly Richardson, MSU Ravalli County Extension Agent Pre-register by October 3rd (5PM). Ph: (406) 375-6611; E: [email protected]. $25 fee. Lunch provided. 

For Further Information

See the detailed program agenda online or contact your local MSU Extension office. 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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