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Pest Management Tour offers Pesticide Opportunities for Private Applicators across Northcentral MT

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September 4th, 2020

2020 Pest Management Tour offers Last Chance Credit Opportunities for Private Pesticide Applicators across Northcentral Montana.   

Cecil Tharp (MSU Pesticide Education Specialist)

The Montana State University (MSU) Pesticide Education Program is offering the Pest Management Tour for pesticide applicators across northcentral Montana, Private Applicator Training (PAT) District 3, on October 6, 8 and 9th (Figure 1).  Private applicators within PAT district 3 should ensure they have attained 6 private applicator credits prior to the January 1st, 2021 deadline to avoid losing their private applicator certification. Applicators can assess 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 MSU Extension county office for license information. Private applicators may opt to attend only a morning or afternoon session for 3 private applicator credits; or both for 6 credits. Commercial applicator credits can be viewed on the last page of the 2020 Pest Management Tour agenda.     

Speakers will deliver online presentations on managing rodents, alfalfa weevil management, managing leafy spurge, plant disease update, diagnosing non-target herbicide injury, managing weeds with pulses in your rotation, and identifying drift and mitigation strategies. Presentations vary by location.  Representatives speaking on the tour include Dr. Cecil Tharp (MSU Pesticide Education Specialist), Dr. Tim Seipel (MSU Cropland Weed Specialist), Dr. Jane Mangold (MSU Invasive Plant Specialist), Stephen Vantassel (MDA Vertebrate Pest Specialist) and Amy Bowser (MSU Pesticide Education Technician).  The tour will cover 10 locations in 3 days with support from MSU County Agricultural Agents.  Speakers will deliver online webinars to 7 onsite locations during the AM/PM on October 6th, 3 onsite location during PM/Evening sessions on October 8th, and online webinars to individuals at home on October 9th. If attending the October 9th session from home, individuals must pre-register, ensure they have a good internet connection to support the training, download a WebEx app, and post attendance every 30 minutes.  See details below:

Day 1: October 6, 2020

Cascade County: Great Falls, MT

  • Location: MT Expo Park, Family Living Center, Great Falls, MT
  • Registration: RSVP by October 4, 2020 to Rose Malisani, Cascade County Extension Agent (406-454-6980; rose.malisani@montana.edu
  • Event Fee: Free
  • Lunch: None

Chouteau County: Fort Benton, MT

  • Location: Ag Center, 1205 20th Street, Fort Benton, MT
  • Registration: RSVP by October 4, 2020 to Tyler Lane, Chouteau County Extension Agent (406-622-3751; tyler.lane@montana.edu)
  • Event Fee: Free
  • Lunch: None

Liberty County: Chester, MT

  • Location: Savior's Lutheran Church, 10 E. Madison Ave, Chester, MT
  • Registration: RSVP by October 4, 2020 to Jesse Fulbright, Liberty County Extension Agent (406-759-5625; jlf@montana.edu)
  • Event Fee: Free
  • Lunch: Not provided

Blaine County: Harlem, MT

  • Location: Harlem VFW, 530 Central Avenue W., Harlem, MT 59526
  • Registration:RSVP by October 4, 2020 to Juli Snedigar, Blaine County Extension Agent (406-357-3200; julianne.snedigar@montana.edu)
  • Event Fee: $10
  • Lunch: Provided

Hill County, Havre, MT

  • Location: Fairgrounds, 4-H Chuckwagon Building
  • Registration: RSVP by October 4, 2020 to Tom Allen, Hill County Extension Agent (406-265-5481; allen@montana.edu)
  • Event Fee: Free
  • Lunch: Not provided

Pondera County: Conrad, MT

  • Location: Conrad Moose Lodge, 617 S. Main St. Conrad, MT
  • Registration:RSVP by October 4, 2020 to Adriane Good, Pondera County MSU Extension Agent (406-271-4053, adriane.good@montana.edu)
  • Event Fee: Free
  • Lunch: Provided

Teton County: Choteau, MT

  • Location: Stage Stop Inn, 1005 Main Avenue N., Choteau, MT 59422
  • Registration: RSVP by October 4, 2020 to Teton County Extension Office (406-466-2492, teton@montana.edu)
  • Event Fee: Free; Lunch: Not provided

Day 2: October 8, 2020

Pondera County: Conrad, MT

  • Location: Conrad Moose Lodge, 617 S. Main St. Conrad, MT
  • Registration: RSVP by October 4, 2020 to Adriane Good, Pondera County MSU Extension Agent (406-271-4053, adriane.good@montana.edu)
  • Event Fee: Free
  • Lunch: Provided

Glacier County: Cutbank, MT

  • Location: Glacier County Extension, 1210 E. Main, Cutbank, MT
  • Registration: RSVP by October 4, 2020 to Kari Lewis, Glacier County MSU Extension Agent (406-873-2239; kari.lewis2@montana.edu)
  • Event Fee: Free
  • Lunch: Provided

Day 3: October 9, 2020

Webinar to Individuals at Home

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:  See the detailed program agenda online at https://www.pesticides.montana.edu/events/2020PMT.html, 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, ctharp@montana.edu.