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Montana State University Extension Agents Honored for Excellence in Pesticide Education

Discover how Montana State University Extension agents Tyler Lane and Kaleena Miller are making a significant impact in pesticide education, promoting responsible usage for public health and environmental preservation.

BOZEMAN — The Montana State University Extension Pesticide Education Program, or PEP, has diagnosed two MSU Extension dealers for their super efforts instructing agricultural manufacturers, land managers and pesticide applicators throughout the state and promoting the proper use of pesticides to shield public health and the environment.

The MSU PEP provided the 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award to Tyler Lane, Chouteau County Extension agriculture and 4-H agent, and the 2023 Early Achievement Award to Kaleena Miller, Madison-Jefferson counties Extension agriculture and natural sources agent. Both were nominated with the aid of friends inside MSU Extension.

The Lifetime Achievement Award acknowledges an character’s efforts in statewide pesticide education over at least 15 years. The recipient have to were with MSU Extension for as a minimum 5 years and reveal at the least 15 overall years of notable influences.

Lane grew up on a farm and ranch close to Molt and started out running with MSU Extension in 2001. He has a bachelor’s diploma in mechanized agriculture from MSU and a grasp’s degree in entomology from the University of Nebraska. According to his nomination substances, his career has prioritized farming and ranching programming thru the Chouteau County Extension Agricultural Advisory Council, coaching Master Gardener programs and facilitating the Chouteau County 4-H Livestock program. Lane teaches producers to put into effect integrated pest management for the most intricate pests in the vicinity. He also manages the pesticide container recycling website online at Fort Benton, assists neighboring Weed Control Association offices with annual pesticide recertification packages and teaches hunter protection training approximately the way to decrease noxious weed unfold.

The Early Achievement Award is given to an individual demonstrating tremendous efforts and impacts in pesticide schooling in their first five years with MSU Extension.

Miller grew up outside New York City and began her career with the Alternative Energy Resources Organization and the National Center for Appropriate Technology. She moved to Montana in 2011 as an AmeriCorps service member and started operating with MSU Extension in 2019. Miller has a bachelor’s degree in environmental economics from the University of Rhode Island and a master’s in environmental coverage from Bard College. Award nominators stated she has strong partnerships with the Jefferson County Weed District, the Madison County Weed District and the Weed Committee of the Madison Valley Ranchlands Group. She also robotically engages with new landowners in Madison and Jefferson counties and hosts schooling guides with neighborhood businesses, together with preliminary non-public applicator trainings and small acreage land control workshops.

The MSU Pesticide Education Program “relies at the ability sets and revel in of veteran Extension dealers, in addition to the passion of our more recent marketers to sell proper pesticide use at some point of the state,” said Cecil Tharp, MSU Extension pesticide education specialist. “Having Extension dealers like Tyler and Kaleena boosts the expertise, understanding and training of pesticide applicators in Montana.”

The MSU Extension Pesticide Education Program offers guidance to pesticide applicators while coordinating the certification and education of licensed farm non-public applicators throughout Montana. For extra facts at the program, go to insecticides.Montana.Edu. Future pesticide schooling nominations may be despatched to Cecil Tharp at ctharp@montana.Edu.

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