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Last Chance Private Applicator Credit Opportunities Offered in Eastern Montana

Cecil Tharp, MSU Extension Pesticide Education Specialist; Amy Bowser, MSU Extension Pesticide Education Technician

The Montana State University Pesticide Education Program (PEP) would like to announce multiple last chance private applicator credit opportunities for applicators in need of credits within private applicator training (PAT) District 4. Montana private applicators in PAT District 4 need six private applicator credits prior to the December 31, 2021 deadline to avoid losing their pesticide certification. PAT District 4 includes the following counties and reservations: Carter, Custer, Daniels, Dawson, Fallon, Fort Peck Reservation, Garfield, McCone, Northern Cheyenne Reservation, Phillips, Powder River, Prairie, Richland, Roosevelt, Rosebud, Sheridan, Treasure, Valley, and Wibaux (Fig. 1). Applicators can view their credit information online by entering their last name or license number. Online and on-site trainings are available within District 4.

Onsite Opportunities within Private Applicator Training District 4

Events sponsored by MSU are marked with an *. 

  • *November 16. Glasgow, MT. 8:00 AM – 4: 00 PM. NE Montana Ag Expo. 3 PAT credits. Cottonwood Inn, 54250 US Highway 2. Topics include Richardson’s ground squirrel control and management of Wheat Stem Sawfly. For more information contact Shelley Mills at (406) 228-6241 or smills@montana.edu.
  • *November 16. Jordan, MT. 1:00 PM – 4:45 PM. Garfield County PAT Training. 3 PAT credits. Old Grade School County Meeting Room, 208 Main Street. Topics include reading the label, calibration and pesticide performance and water quality. For more information contact Eric Miller at (406) 557-2770 or emiller@montana.edu.
  • *November 29. Forsyth, MT. AM Session: 8:30 AM – 12:10 PM. PM Session: 12:40 PM – 4:20 PM. Rosebud-Treasure Private Applicator Training. 3 PAT credits per session (6 total). Rosebud County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall, 513 N 16th Topics include pesticide education core topics. May attend both sessions for a private applicator license. For more information contact Marley Manoukian at (406) 346-7320 or marley.manoukian@montana.edu.
  • *November 29. Miles City, MT. AM Session: 8:30 AM – 12:10 PM. PM Session: 12:40 PM – 4:20 PM. Initial Private Applicator Training. 3 PAT credits per session (6 total). 4-H Building Eastern Montana Fairgrounds, 42 Garryowen Road. Topics include pesticide education core topics. May attend both sessions to receive a private applicator license. For more information contact Mike Schuldt at (406) 874-3370 or custer@montana.edu.
  • *December 1. Ekalaka, MT. AM Session: 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM. PM Session: 12:30 PM – 4:15 PM. Carter-Fallon Private Applicator Training. 3 PAT credits per session (6 total). Carter County Event Center, 209 W Speelman Street. Topics include pesticide education core topics. May attend both sessions to receive a private applicator license. For more information contact Amanda Williams at (406) 778-7110 or williams19@montana.edu.
  • *December 10. Glasgow, MT. 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM. Winter Series Workshop 1: Drought Induced Pests. Topics include weeds and drought, grasshopper management, and blister beetle management. Elks Lodge. 309 Main Street. For More Information contact Shelley Mills at (406) 228-6241 or smills@montana.edu.
  • *December 10. Froid, MT. 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM. Winter Series Workshop 1: Drought Induced Pests. Froid Community Center. Topics include weeds and drought, grasshopper management, and blister beetle management. For More Information contact Wendy Becker at (406) 787-5312 or wbecker@montana.edu.

Webinar Opportunities

An alternative to attending on-site programs are live webinars delivered to individuals attending online from their home or office. You must be present for all attendance checks to obtain pesticide education credits for these events. Events sponsored by MSU are marked with an *. 

Online Courses

Online courses consisting of modules and a corresponding quiz can be taken at any time from your office/home for credits. There are over 200 online courses available over a variety of pesticide education topics. View the instructions for using the MDA Course Locator and follow the instructions under ‘online programs’ and following the link provided. 

End of Cycle Instructions

Each private applicator in District 4 will receive an MDA pesticide license renewal letter in November. Applicators not receiving renewal letters by December 1, 2021 should contact their local Extension PAT coordinator or MDA Licensing Examiner Specialist, Tari Nyland (Tari.Nyland@mt.gov; 406-444-4900).  Applicators who have accumulated six or more private applicator credits or who passed the exam in the last year of the cycle need to sign the renewal letter and return to the MDA with the $60 license fee. Applicators may renew and pay for their license online.

For More Information

Contact your MSU Extension agent for more information regarding last chance programs in your area, or to assess your private applicator credits. For any other pesticide education question contact Cecil Tharp, Pesticide Education Specialist, at the MSU Pesticide Safety Education Program office (406-994-5067, ctharp@montana.edu).

Figure 1. Montana counties within Private Applicator Training District 4.