About: The 2020 PEP Update is for pesticide educators across the state covering current pesticide events, changes to the program, new and updated resources, as well as advance pesticide education topics.  

Date: April 1-2, 2020

Location: Holiday Inn Express, 2305 Catron St. Bozeman, MT 59718, (406) 582-4995

Hotel Reservation Group Code: Pesticide Education, expires 3/11/2020. Rooms are available for the nights of March 31 and April 1.

Fee: $100. Pay by credit card online in advance, cash or check at the door or use PAT Funds.

PAT Funds: MSU Extension agents may use PAT Funds to pay for the registration fee and the hotel reservation. Please indicate when registering if you would like to use PAT Funds. MSU PEP will take care of PAT Fund submittals for this event and will pay for and make room reservations for those who want to use PAT Funds.

Registration: Mandatory

Agenda - Day 1

10:00 am Welcome, Dr. Cecil Tharp, MSU Pesticide Education Specialist

10:05 am Common Insect Pests of Greenhouses, Dr. Laurie Kerzicnik, MSU Arthropod Diagnostician

10:50 am Common Plant Diseases in Greenhouses, Dr. Eva Grimme, MSU Plant Disease Diagnostician

11:20 am Hints to Managing Greenhouse Pests, David Baumbauer, MSU Plant Growth Center Manager

12:05 pm Lunch

12:45 pm Pesticide Risk and How to Communicate Risk to the Public, Dr. Bob Peterson, MSU Professor of Entomology

1:45 pm Glyphosate and Health Risk: update and Impacts on Foreign Markets, Dr. Cecil Tharp, MSU Pesticide Education Specialist

2:45 pm Break

3:00 pm Neonicotinoids: Pollinator Risk and Investigation of Deer Toxicity, Dr. Jonathon Lundgren, Director ECDYSIS Foundation; CEP Blue Dash Farmer

4:00 pm Vertebrate Pests and Risks to Human Health, Stephen Vantassel, MDA Vertebrate Pest Specialist

5:00 pm Adjourned

Agenda - Day 2

8:00 am Welcome, Dr. Cecil Tharp, MSU Pesticide Education Specialist

8:05 am General Pesticide Updated: Paraquat, Dicamba Use on GMO Soybean, C and T Update, and Legal Pesticides for Hemp, Dr. Cecil Tharp, MSU Pesticide Education Specialist

9:05 am Montana Insecticide, Fungicide and Herbicide Resistance, Dr. Mary Burrows, MSU Extension Plant Pathologist, Dr. Timothy Seipel, MSU Cropland Extension Specialist, Dr. Kevin Wanner, MSU Crop Insect Specialist

10:35 am, Break

11:50 pm Surveys and Adjourn

12:00 Lunch

Afternoon Session: MSU Extension Only

1:00 pm Pesticide Education Productivity and Procedural PEP Updates (i.e. Fumigant Exams, New Cand T Rule Proposal, etc.), Dr. Cecil Tharp, MSU Pesticide Education Specialist

2:00 pm Regional Discussion and Roundtable Discussion (C and T Rule; Fumigant Exams; Initial Trainings; Targeted Trainings), All Coordinators by District

2:45 pm 2020 PEP Recognitions and Awards, Amy Bowser, MSU Extension Pesticide Education Technician

Printable Agenda

Contact Information

For more information about this event contact Amy Bowser at (406) 994-5178 or