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ARC/PLC enrollment begins, deadline March 15

Press release WASHINGTON — Agricultural producers can now make elections and enroll in the Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs for the 2021 crop year. The signup period opened Oct. 13.  These key U.S.... — Updated 10/21/2020


NRCS conservation funding application cutoff set for Nov. 17

Press release  BOZEMAN — The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Montana has set a Nov. 17 application cutoff for agricultural operators to be considered for the next conservation program funding cycle. The cutoff dat... — Updated 10/21/2020


USDA offers low-interest loans for producers in impacted by wildfire

Emergency support to producers in surrounding counties/border states also available BOZEMAN — Montana agricultural producers who lost property due to recent natural disasters may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture... — Updated 10/14/2020


New options available for signing and sharing USDA documents online

From Montana USDA BOZEMAN — Farmers and ranchers working with USDA’s Farm Service Agency or Natural Resources Conservation Service can now sign and share documents online in just a few clicks. By using Box or OneSpan,... — Updated 10/14/2020


USDA announces Oct. 30 deadline on WHIP+ applications

From U.S. Department of Agriculture WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced Friday, Oct. 30, as the deadline to submit applications for the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program — Plus, called WHIP+,... — Updated 10/14/2020

 By Rachel Jamieson    Local

Northern ag degree ranked 11th in nation

Montana State University-Northern was ranked number 11 nationally for its agriculture program by Learn.org for the 50 Best Agriculture Degrees in the 2020-2021 school year. Northern College of Technical Sciences Dean David Krueger... — Updated 10/7/2020


Montana Wheat and Barley Committee releases second grain lab video

Press release GREAT FALLS — As part of its efforts to promote Montana’s world class wheat and barley, the Montana Wheat and Barley Committee released a second educational video aimed at helping buyers understand the grain... — Updated 9/30/2020


MSU to offer pest management tour across north-central Montana in October

MSU News Service BOZEMAN — The Montana State University Pesticide Education Program is offering a pest management tour for pesticide applicators at eight locations across north-central Montana on Oct. 6, 8 and 9. Those in the s... — Updated 9/30/2020


MDA recruits for Noxious Weed Seed Free Forage Advisory Council

Press release HELENA — The Montana Department of Agriculture is currently recruiting for open positions on its Noxious Weed Seed Free Forage Advisory Council. The following council terms are currently vacant: • Certified Weed... — Updated 9/23/2020


USDA providing farmers and ranchers additional direct coronavirus assistance

Press release U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Friday up to an additional $14 billion for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. Signup for the Coronavirus... — Updated 9/23/2020


Every farmer counts: staying safe at railroad crossings

Did you know that every three hours in the United States, a person or vehicle is hit by a train? My organization, the national rail safety education nonprofit Operation Lifesaver Inc. partners with the American Farm Bureau Federati... — Updated 9/23/2020


National Farm Safety and Health Week slated for Sept. 20-26

From Montana Farm Bureau Federation Sept. 20-26 is National Farm Safety and Health Week. This year’s theme is “Every Farmer Counts” in recognition of America’s hard-working farmers and ranchers. Free webinars are scheduled... — Updated 9/16/2020


Disaster assistance offered to farmers and livestock producers impacted by wildfires

BOZEMAN — Montana agricultural operations have been significantly impacted by the wildfires, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture has technical and financial assistance available to help farmers and livestock producers... — Updated 9/16/2020


Sept. 30 deadline to update safety-net program crop yields approaching

Press release WASHINGTON — USDA’s Farm Service Agency is reminding farm owners that they have a one-time opportunity to update Price Loss Coverage program yields for covered commodities on the farm. The deadline is Sept. 30 to... — Updated 9/16/2020


MFBF announces 2021 'Ag in Color' Drawing Contest

Press release Montana Farm Bureau Federation has announced its “Ag in Color” Drawing Contest, part of its Montana Youth Agriculture Literacy program. This well-established drawing contest is now open for 2021. Ag in Color... — Updated 9/9/2020


MSU researchers study how weeds become resistant to herbicides

By Reagan Colyer MSU News Service BOZEMAN - Herbicide-resistant weeds are a critical but often overlooked issue facing modern agriculture, according to Montana State University rese... — Updated 8/26/2020


USDA assists farmers, ranchers, and communities affected by recent wildfires

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today the availability of assistance for agricultural producers affected by the recent wildfires to help eligible farmers and ranchers reestablish their operations. “USD... — Updated 8/26/2020


Upcoming FSA deadlines listed

Staff and wire Montana FSA has a list of upcoming deadlines presented on its webpage at https://www.fsa.usda.gov/state-offices/Montana . The dates include: Aug. 21: Last day of CRP Soil Health and Income Protection Program... — Updated 8/19/2020


USDA announces changes to emergency haying and grazing provisions

From Montana Farm Service Agency BOZEMAN — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency announced changes for emergency haying and grazing use of acres enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program. This includes... — Updated 8/19/2020


USDA accepting applications to help cover costs for organic certification

Press release WASHINGTON — USDA’s Farm Service Agency announced Monday that organic producers and handlers can apply for federal funds to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic certification through the... — Updated 8/12/2020


USDA announces more eligible commodities for CFAP

From Montana Farm Service Agency U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced Tuesday that additional commodities are covered by the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, including eggs and all sheep, in response to public... — Updated 8/12/2020


State awards nearly $100,000 in ag scholarships

Press release Gov. Steve Bullock announced Friday that nearly $100,000 has been awarded to 12 applicants through the Montana Farmer Student Loan Assistance Program, which was created to encourage Montana’s college-educated youth... — Updated 8/12/2020


USDA Announces Changes to Emergency Haying and Grazing Provisions

From Montana Farm Service Agency BOZEMAN — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency announced changes for emergency haying and grazing use of acres enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program. This includes... — Updated 8/12/2020


FSA set-aside loan provision can help producers impacted by COVID-19

From USDA Farm Service Agency USDA’s Farm Service Agency broadened the use of the Disaster Set-Aside loan provision, normally used in the wake of natural disasters, to allow farmers and ranchers with USDA farm loans who are... — Updated 8/12/2020


Distress loans available for crop producers without storage in Cascade and Liberty counties

From Montana Farm Service Agency BOZEMAN — U.S. Department of Agriculture Montana Farm Service Agency Executive Director Mike Foster announced the availability of distress loans for crop producers in Cascade and Liberty... — Updated 8/12/2020


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