This program is designed to train PAT Coordinators in understanding and teaching Montana private pesticide applicator core categories. This program is for pesticide educators only. 


Date: February 26-27, 2020

Location: Big Horn Resort, 1801 Majestic Lane, Billings, MT 59102. Hotel Reservations. Expires 2/25/2020.

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.

Government Pesticide License Testing: Available February 28, 2020. For study materials and to make an appointment please call Lyle Scott (406-652-1917) prior to the event. Agents may test out at the MDA Billings Office (315 South 24th St West, Suite #3) at 9:00 am, February 28, 2020.

Registration: Mandatory. Register by Feburary 20, 2020.

Contact Information

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


Printable Agenda

Day 1 - February 26

8:15 am Welcome

8:20 am Goals of a Local PAT Coordinator - Dr. Cecil Tharp, MSU Pesticide Education Specialist

8:50 am What is a Pesticide? and Mode of Action - Dr. Cecil Tharp

9:35 am The Montana Private Applicator License - Tim Fine, Richland County Extension Agent and Wendy Becker, Fort Peck Tribal Extension Agent

10:35 am Break

10:50 am Reading and Understanding the Pesticide Product Label - Ben Hauptman, Granite County Extension Agent

11:50 am Catered Lunch

12:30 pm Understanding Formulations and Tank Mixing - Mat Walter, Lewis and Clark County Extension Agent

1:30 pm Integrated Pest Management - Dr. Cecil Tharp, Tyler Lane, Chouteau County Extension Agent, Molly Masters, Big Horn County Extension Agent

3:00 pm Break

3:15 pm Understanding Pesticide Safety and Toxicity - Dr. Cecil Tharp

4:15 pm Personal Protective Equipment and Using Kits - Amy Bowser, Pesticide Education Technician

5:00 pm Adjourned

Day 2 - February 27

8:30 am MDA's Role in Montana - Lyle Scott, MDA District Officer

8:50 am Teaching Private Applicators Pesticide Law - Lyle Scott

9:40 am Break

9:55 am Understanding Worker Protection Standards - Theresa Schrum, MDA District Officer

10:55 am Understanding Pesticides and the Environment - Dr. Cecil Tharp

12:20 Catered Lunch

1:00 pm Introduction to Spray Equipment - Dave Brink, Mineral County Extension Agent

1:30 pm Calibrating Spray Equipment using Shortcut Methods - Dr. Cecil Tharp

2:30 pm Break

2:45 pm Determining Solution and Product to Add to Tank - Dave Brink

3:15 pm Following the Licensing Guide, Delivering the Private Applicator Exam and Facilitating Licensing (MSU Only) - Amy Bowser

4:30 pm Surveys and Adjourned

Day 3 - February 28

9:00 am Government/Commerical license testing (see details above)