The Montana State University Pesticide Education Program is offering a pest management tour for pesticide applicators in Cut Bank and Conrad on Oct. 8 and 9.

Those in the state’s Private Applicator Training District 3 need to earn six private applicator credits before Jan, 1, 2021 to avoid losing their certification, according to Cecil Tharp, MSU pesticide education specialist. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, events will look slightly different this year. Participants may choose to meet at various in-person locations to watch speakers deliver webinars. 

County agents will be on site to facilitate the events and answer questions regarding credits, assist with sign in and more. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, and in line with the state executive order, attendees should be prepared to socially distance and wear masks if there are more than four active COVID-19 cases in the county, unless claiming an exemption.

Those who wish to attend the at-home webinar must preregister. 

Oct. 6 and Oct. 8: Conrad Moose Lodge, 617 S. Main St., in Conrad. Register by contacting Adriane Good, Pondera County Extension agent, at 406-271-4053 or Lunch will be provided.

Oct. 8: Glacier County Extension office, 1210 E. Main St., Cut Bank. Register by contacting Kari Lewis, Glacier County Extension agent, at 406-873-2239 or Lunch will be provided.

Oct. 9: Webinar via Webex. Register online at or by contacting Amy Bowser at 406-994-5718. There is no fee. Participants must ensure they have a good internet connection and post attendance via the chat-box every 30 minutes.

Registration should be completed by Oct. 4 for in-person events or Oct. 6 for the webinar. 

To register or for more information, contact the Pondera or Glacier County Extension offices where the event will occur or online at 2020PMT.html.

Speakers will present on a variety of topics, including managing rodents; alfalfa weevil management; managing leafy spurge; plant disease; diagnosing non-target herbicide injury; managing weeds with pulses in rotations; and identifying drift and mitigation strategies. Presentations vary by location.

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