Montana Administrative Register Notice 4-14-183 No. 20   10/23/2008    
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In the matter of the proposed amendment of ARM 4.10.401 relating to farm applicator licensing schedule












TO: All Concerned Persons


            1. On November 22, 2008, the Montana Department of Agriculture proposes to amend the above-stated rule.


            2. The Department of Agriculture will make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities who wish to participate in this rulemaking process and need an alternative accessible format of this notice. If you require an accommodation, contact the Department of Agriculture no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 6, 2008, to advise us of the nature of the accommodation that you need. Please contact Cort Jensen at the Montana Department of Agriculture, 303 North Roberts, P.O. Box 200201, Helena, MT 59620-0201; phone: (406) 444-3144; fax: (406) 444-5409; or e-mail: agr@mt.gov.


3. The rule as proposed to be amended provides as follows, stricken matter interlined, new matter underlined:


4.10.401 FARM APPLICATOR CERTIFICATION (1) through (3) remain the same.

(4) Certified farm applicators shall requalify for certification to use restricted use pesticides prior to issuance of a certificate. Requalification may be achieved by passing an examination or by attending six hours of training approved by the department. Each farm applicator qualification period shall conform to the established staggered system set forth in this rule. The qualification period of each district ends December 31 of the year indicated and every five years thereafter. A listing of counties within each district follows:


                                    DISTRICT I     2008 2013

            Flathead                                                         Missoula

            Lake                                                               Ravalli

            Lincoln                                                            Sanders



                                    DISTRICT II    2004 2009

            Beaverhead                                                   Lewis and Clark

            Broadwater                                                    Madison

            Deer Lodge                                                   Meagher

            Gallatin                                                           Park

            Granite                                                           Powell

            Jefferson                                                        Silver Bow


                                    DISTRICT III   2005 2010

            Blaine                                                             Liberty

            Cascade                                                        Pondera

            Chouteau                                                       Teton

            Glacier                                                            Toole



                                    DISTRICT IV 2006 2011

            Carter                                                             Prairie

            Custer                                                             Richland

            Daniels                                                           Roosevelt

            Dawson                                                          Rosebud

            Fallon                                                              Sheridan

            Garfield                                                          Treasure

            McCone                                                         Valley

            Phillips                                                            Wibaux

Powder River


                                    DISTRICT V   2007 2012

            Big Horn                                                         Petroleum

            Carbon                                                           Stillwater

            Fergus                                                            Sweet Grass

            Golden Valley                                                Wheatland

            Judith Basin                                                   Yellowstone



            AUTH: 80-8-105, MCA

            IMP: 80-8-105, 80-8-209, MCA


            Reason: Farm applicators are on a staggered system for licensing by district every five years. It is now time to update the years that each district is scheduled to renew their farm licenses.


4. Concerned persons may submit their data, views, or arguments concerning the proposed action in writing to Cort Jensen at the Montana Department of Agriculture, 303 North Roberts, P.O. Box 200201, Helena, MT 59620-0201; fax: (406) 444-5409; or e-mail: agr@mt.gov. Any comments must be received no later than November 20, 2008. 


            5. If persons who are directly affected by the proposed action wish to express their data, views, or arguments orally or in writing at a public hearing, they must make written request for a hearing and submit this request along with any written comments they have to Cort Jensen at the Montana Department of Agriculture, 303 North Roberts, P.O. Box 200201, Helena, MT 59620-0201; fax: (406) 444-5409; or e-mail: agr@mt.gov. A written request for hearing must be received no later than November 20, 2008.


            6. If the department receives requests for a public hearing on the proposed action from either 10% or 25, whichever is less, of the persons who are directly affected by the proposed action; from the appropriate administrative rule review committee of the Legislature; from a governmental subdivision or agency; or from an association having not less than 25 members who will be directly affected, a hearing will be held at a later date. Notice of the hearing will be published in the Montana Administrative Register. Ten percent of those persons directly affected has been determined to be 700 persons based on farm applicators.


            7. The Department of Agriculture maintains a list of interested persons who wish to receive notices of rulemaking actions proposed by this agency. Persons who wish to have their name added to the list shall make a written request which includes the name and mailing address of the person and specifies for which program the person wishes to receive notices. Such written request may be mailed or delivered to Montana Department of Agriculture, 303 North Roberts, P.O. Box 200201, Helena, MT 59620-0201; fax: (406) 444-5409; or e-mail: agr@mt.gov or may be made by completing a request form at any rules hearing held by the Department of Agriculture.


8. An electronic copy of this Notice of Proposed Amendment is available through the department's web site at www.agr.mt.gov, under the Administrative Rules section. The department strives to make the electronic copy of the Notice conform to the official version of the Notice, as printed in the Montana Administrative Register, but advises all concerned persons that in the event of a discrepancy between the official printed text of the Notice and the electronic version of the Notice, only the official printed text will be considered. In addition, although the department strives to keep its web site accessible at all times, concerned persons should be aware that the web site may be unavailable during some periods, due to system maintenance or technical problems.


            9. The bill sponsor notice requirements of 2-4-302, MCA, do not apply.




/s/ Ron de Yong                                                  /s/ Cort Jensen                                       

Ron de Yong, Director                                        Cort Jensen, Rule Reviewer


Certified to the Secretary of State, October 14, 2008.

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