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USDA to begin work to strengthen enforcement of Packers and Stockyards Act

Note: This was provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture will begin work on three proposed rules to support enforcement of the Packers and Stockyards Act, the 100-year old law... — Updated 6/16/2021

 

South Dakota added to cooperative interstate shipment program for meat processors

From U.S. Department of Agriculture WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service — FSIS — and the state of South Dakota have finalized a Cooperative Interstate Shipment — CIS — a... — Updated 6/16/2021

 

USDA announces additional aid to ag producers and businesses

Note: This was provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Tuesday additional aid to agricultural producers and businesses as part of the USDA Pandemic Assistance for... — Updated 6/16/2021

 

USDA to begin loan payments to socially disadvantaged borrowers under ARPA

Note: This was provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency has published the first notice of funding availability — NOFA —  announcing loan payments for eligible borro... — Updated 5/27/2021

 

Blaine County included in USDA disaster area designation

From U.S. Department of Agriculture U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that it has designated 13 Montana counties as disaster areas due to drought, with agricultural producers in other contiguous counties including Blaine Cou... — Updated 5/26/2021

 

Initiative announced to quantify climate benefits of CRP

Note: This was provided by USDA Farm Service Agency WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency announced Tuesday an initiative to quantify the climate benefits of Conservation Reserve Program contracts.... — Updated 5/26/2021

 
 By Patrick Johnston    Local

Inaugural stock dog trials held in Big Sandy

The first Bear Paw Classic stock dog trials were held in Big Sandy May 15-16, and organizer Lindsay Boyce said she and her husband Stephen Boyce are already looking into holding... — Updated 5/19/2021

 

Spring lambs born at MSU's Red Bluff Research Ranch

By Reagan Colyer MSU News Service BOZEMAN - Throughout a Montana spring, baby livestock become a welcome feature on the landscape, with both wild and domestic newborns appearing... — Updated 5/19/2021

 

Comment period on ag commodity supply chains extended

From U.S. Department of Agriculture WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Marketing Service is providing an additional 30 days for public comments on the notice for Supply Chains for the Production of... — Updated 5/19/2021

 

Signup open for Soil Health and Income Protection Program

Contact: FPAC.BC.Press@usda.gov From U.S. Department of Agriculture Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Monday that agricultural producers in the Prairie Pothole states can now sign up for the Soil Health and Income... — Updated 5/12/2021

 

Montana State agriculture announces 2021 field days

From MSU News Service BOZEMAN — The Montana State University College of Agriculture and Montana Agricultural Experiment Station have announced the dates for their annual agricultural field days, which will return as... — Updated 5/12/2021

 

USDA holding listening session on impacts of COVID-19 on new farmers

From U.S. Department of Agriculture WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday a virtual listening session for beginning farmers and ranchers to learn how COVID-19 impacted their farming operations and to... — Updated 5/5/2021

 

Ag Department selects Reimer to lead operations at Montana State Grain Lab

From Montana Department of Agriculture HELENA - The Montana Department of Agriculture announced Dan Reimer as the new bureau chief at the State Grain Labs, the state's only... — Updated 5/5/2021

 

USDA announces May lending rates for agricultural producers, effective May 3

From U.S. Department of Agriculture WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday loan interest rates for May which have been effective as of Monday. USDA’s Farm Service Agency loans provide important access... — Updated 5/5/2021

 

USDA expands and renews CRP in effort to boost enrollment and address climate change

From U.S. Department of Agriculture WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced last Wednesday that USDA will open enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program with higher payment rates, new incentives, and a more... — Updated 4/28/2021

 

MSU Extension to offer free webinar series focused on beef cattle

From MSU News Service BOZEMAN — Montana State University Extension will offer three additional webinars in its Spring Beef Webinar series. The sessions will take place every Thursday from April 29 through May 13 at 6 p.m. via W... — Updated 4/28/2021

 

USDA invests $21.7M in research innovations to improve soil health and climate-smart agriculture and forestry

From U.S. Department of Agriculture WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced last Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture — NIFA — will invest at least... — Updated 4/28/2021

 

Bonnie to be nominated to key USDA under secretary position

Staff and wire report A press release from The White House April 16 announced that President Joe Biden intends to nominate Robert Bonnie for U.S. Department of Agriculture under secretary for farm production and conservation. “I... — Updated 4/21/2021

 

FSA accepting new and modified CFAP 2 applications

From U.S. Department of Agriculture USDA is implementing updates to the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program for producers of agricultural commodities marketed in 2020 who faced market disruptions due to COVID-19. U.S. Secretary of... — Updated 4/21/2021

 

Montana FSA program deadlines listed

From Montana Farm Service Agency website Following are upcoming deadlines for FSA programs • Underway: Conservation Reserve Program general signup, deadline to be determined. • March 1 to May 14: 2021 CRP Spring... — Updated 4/21/2021

 

Hail insurance available through Montana Department of Agriculture

From Montana Department of Agriculture HELENA — Applications for the State Hail Insurance Program are now available through the Montana Department of Agriculture. Information is available online at https://agr... — Updated 4/14/2021

 

FSA opens CFAP 2 signup for additional enrollment

From USDA Farm Service Agency The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency announced that signup has reopened for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 — CFAP 2 — as part of the Pandemic Assistance for Producers... — Updated 4/14/2021

 

Drought workshop to be held April 28 at the 4-H Chuckwagon

by Colleen Buck, Montana State University Extension Hill County agriculture agent Montana State University Ranch Management Systems Team, in collaboration with local MSU Extension agents, have put together a series of workshops to... — Updated 4/14/2021

 

NRCS celebrates 5 million acres enrolled in conservation easements

From Natural Resources Conservation Service BOZEMAN — Natural Resources Conservation Service and private landowners have partnered to protect more than 5 million acres of wetlands, grasslands and prime farmlands — an area the... — Updated 4/14/2021

 

Montana FSA program deadlines listed

From Montana Farm Service Agency website Following are upcoming deadlines for FSA programs • Underway: Conservation Reserve Program general signup, deadline to be determined • March 1 to May 14: 2021 CRP Spring Non-Emergency... — Updated 4/14/2021

 

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