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Mini-grants available through Growth Through Agriculture Program

Press release HELENA — The Montana Department of Agriculture announced mini-grant funding is now available through its Growth Through Agriculture Program. All projects will need to demonstrate how they expand Montana agriculture, but given the... Full story

 

USDA service centers open for business by phone appointment only

Press release U.S. Department of Agriculture service centers are encouraging visitors to take proactive protective measures to help prevent the spread of coronavirus and are doing so themselves. USDA service centers in Montana will continue to be... Full story

 

Senators sponsor bill to help cattle producers during coronavirus pandemic

Havre Daily News staff Montana’s U.S. senators have sponsored a bill to help offset a drop cattle futures following the coronavirus outbreak. “This coronavirus has only worsened market conditions and it is critical that we provide the necessary... Full story

 

USDA approves Montana hemp production plan

Press release HELENA — The Montana Department of Agriculture received formal approval of its hemp production plan by the United States Department of Agriculture March 6. This federal authorization comes after a nearly 60-day review period. The 2018...

 

Montana State Hail Board to meet March 24

From Montana Department of Agriculture HELENA — The Montana State Hail Board will meet at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 24, at the Yogo Inn in Lewistown to prepare for the 2020 hail year. An agenda will be made available on the department’s public...

 

'20:20 Vision on Ag Safety' theme of Ag Safety Awareness Program Week

From Montana Farm Bureau Federation Across the country, county and state Farm Bureaus are making safety a priority through the Agricultural Safety Awareness Program. As part of ASAP, March 1-7 has been designated as Agricultural Safety Awareness...

 

USDA launches pilot program for Prairie Pothole producers to plant cover crops

From USDA Farm Service Agency WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency announced a new pilot program is being launched that enables farmers in the Prairie Pothole region to receive payments for planting cover crops...

 

'Don't Farm Naked' workshop set for next week

“Don’t Farm Naked,” a workshop about residue management and U.S. Department of Agriculture programs, is set for Tuesday at the Northern Ag Research Center meeting room from 1 to 3 p.m. This workshop will cover ways to manage residue, reduce...

 

Reminder: Livestock reports due March 1

From Montana Department of Agriculture Montanans have just a few more weeks to report the number of each type of livestock they own in order to pay the per capita fees set yearly by the Montana Board of Livestock. Livestock reports are due March 1....

 

Dedication to improving cattle handling and understanding of the cattle industry earns IX Ranch 2020 BQA Cow-Calf Award

Press release Over the last century, countless innovations have shaped modern ranching, such as new research, faster transportation, better equipment, and greater access to telephones and internet. Bu...

 

USDA offers assistance for Montana ag producers impacted by natural disasters

From Montana Farm Service Agency BOZEMAN — Montana agricultural producers who lost property due to recent natural disasters may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture physical loss loans. The Farm Service Agency offers these low-interest...

 

Farm Bureau to address mental health concerns, farmer stress

From Montana Farm Bureau Federation Recognizing the high levels of stress affecting America’s farmers and ranchers, Farm Credit, American Farm Bureau Federation and National Farmers Union have partnered on a program to train people who interact...

 

Pesticide applicator training set in Hingham

Staff and wire report The Hill County Extension Office will be holding a class for any producers wishing to obtain a private pesticide applicators license. The class is for new applicators to be able to purchase and apply restricted-use products....

 

Women in Agriculture conference to take place in Bozeman on Jan. 25

MSU News Service BOZEMAN — Montana State University will be one of the hosts for the 2020 Women in Agriculture conference, which will be held in several locations on Jan. 25 and focus on topics related to women in the industry. The conference, an...

 

Oilseed growers petition MDA to create advisory committee

From Montana Department of Agriculture HELENA — The Montana Department of Agriculture has received a verified petition from 25 Montana oilseed growers to create an advisory committee. MDA will hold a listening session to receive additional grower i...

 

Program looks for farmer nominations to get STEM funds in schools

Press release ST. LOUIS, Mo. —The America’s Farmers programs, sponsored by Bayer Fund, are back for another year to strengthen farming communities across Montana. Beginning Jan. 1, America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education is partnering with...

 

NILE accepting scholarship applications

From Northern International Livestock Exposition BILLINGS — Now accepting applications for scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year, the NILE Foundation expects to award over $30,000 to youth. For almost 30 years, the NILE — Northern...

 

MSU Extension to offer cropping seminars Jan. 6-10 in Golden Triangle

From MSU News Service BOZEMAN — Montana State University Extension will host a free, annual cropping seminar series Jan. 6-10 in Fort Benton, Stanford, Havre, Chester, Shelby, Cut Bank, Conrad, Choteau and Great Falls. Speakers will cover crop...

 

MSU's Schutter Diagnostic Lab releases first in educational video series

From MSU News Service BOZEMAN — Montana State University Extension’s Schutter Diagnostic Lab, the core of MSU’s Integrated Pest Management Program, released the first three in a series of educational videos earlier this month outlining the...

 

Registration Open: 2020 Soil Health Innovations Conference March 30-31 in Bozeman

From USDA Farm Service Agency Montana In March 2020, the inaugural Soil Health Innovations Conference will bring together leading experts and innovative farmers from around the U.S. to share the latest in soil science, best practices in soil...

 

Registration now open for Montana's Next Generation Conference set for Jan. 31-Feb. 1 in Shelby

From MSU News Service BOZEMAN — Registration is now open for the 2020 Montana’s Next Generation Conference. The conference, which will take place in Shelby Friday and Saturday, Jan. 31-Feb. 1, will focus on business planning for the farm or...

 

Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage signups underway

From USDA Farm Service Agency Montana Agricultural producers can enroll in the Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage programs, two popular safety net programs, for the 2019 crop year. Interested producers must sign up for either program...

 

Winter farming workshops set in Havre

From Bear Paw Development Corp. A series of winter workshops in Havre will help beginning Farmers and Ranchers interested in starting a new business or adding a new enterprise. Planning For On-Farm Success offers expert presenters, experienced...

 

USDA opens CRP signup this week

From U.S. Department of Agriculture WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture opened signup for the Conservation Reserve Program Monday. The deadline for agricultural producers to sign up for...

 

Preauthorized debit available for farm loan borrowers

From USDA Farm Service Agency Montana USDA Farm Service Agency has implemented pre-authorized debit for Farm Loan Program borrowers. PAD is a voluntary and alternative method for making weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, quarterly, semi-annual or annual...

 

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