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Agriculture professionals learning about biological controls

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The Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education group is hosting the two-day workshop in Great Falls. The Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education group is hosting the two-day workshop in Great Falls.
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Agriculture professionals from across Montana are learning more about the benefits of Biological Controls.

The Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education group is hosting the two-day workshop in Great Falls.

The purpose is to enhance the understanding of using biological control techniques instead of pesticides.

Montana Agricultural Experiment Station associate director Dr. Barry Jacobsen says it's a more environmentally-friendly way to battle weeds and pests, and it's more economical.

"And today for pesticides to develop into a new one costs about three hundred million dollars but to develop a new biological control is somewhere between a half a million to million dollars. because of pest resistance even the major agri chemical companies are now seeing the importance of having this biological control and how biological control products will add stability to that system,” Jacobsen said

The workshop features speakers who are currently working on biological control projects in Montana and Canada.

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