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FSA hosting webinars on Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Press release The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency in Montana is hosting two webinars open to the public June 8 and June 15. Producers and others involved in agriculture will have an opportunity to learn about the Coronavirus F...

 

FSA expands set-aside loan provision for customers impacted by COVID-19

Press release WASHINGTON — USDA’s Farm Service Agency will broaden the use of the Disaster Set-Aside loan provision, normally used in the wake of natural disasters, to allow farmers with USDA farm loans who are affected by COVID-19, and are...

 

Financial assistance available through USDA's Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Press release BOZEMAN — Agricultural producers can now apply for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, which provides direct payments to offset impacts from the coronavirus pandemic. The application and a payment calculator are now...

 

USDA announces details of Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Press release WASHINGTON — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced Tuesday details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, which will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to deliver relief to America’s farmers and...

 

USDA offers farm loans for COVID-19-related challenges

From Montana Farm Service Agency BOZEMAN — The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency has reminded producers that FSA offers farm ownership and farm operating loans to agricultural producers who may not find success obtaining loans...

 

USDA Reminds Montana Producers to Complete Crop Acreage Reports

From Montana Farm Service Agency BOZEMAN  — USDA’s Farm Service Agency offices in Montana are currently open to phone and virtual appointments only, but can still work with producers on timely filing of crop acreage reports.  FSA staff can prov...

 

Montana USDA Service Centers open for phone appointment only

From Montana Farm Service Agency BOZEMAN — Gov. Steve Bullock has issued a directive outlining the phased re-opening of Montana and establishing conditions for Phase One.  The USDA Service Centers in Montana will continue to be open for...

 

States ask U.S. DOJ to investigate meat packing companies

Press release HELENA — Montana Attorney General Tim Fox and attorneys general from other ranching states are asking the U.S. Department of Justice to launch an antitrust investigation of the beef processing industry. In a letter to U.S. Attorney...

 

USDA announces $15 Million for Conservation Innovation grants

Press release BOZEMAN — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced last weeek a $15 million investment to help support the adoption of innovative conservation approaches on agricultural lands. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service is ac...

 

2020 Hemp Planting License

HELENA — The Montana Department of Agriculture has extended the deadline for hemp planting applications for the 2020 growing season to Monday, June 1. The application form can be downloaded online. A 2020 hemp grower license is not required to mark...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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