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Montana Ag department in USDA trade mission to Panama

Press release HELENA — Representatives from the Montana Department of Agriculture joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Alexis M. Taylor as part of a delegation o... — Updated 3/22/2023


USDA awards more than $2.3 Million to support Montana ag producers

Press release BOZEMAN — In 2022, 17 agricultural producers across Montana received more than $2.3 million in direct funds through USDA Rural Development’s Value-Added Producer Grant program which helps businesses generate new... — Updated 3/22/2023


2023 General CRP signup Feb. 27 through April 7

Press Release Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that agricultural producers and private landowners could begin applying for the Conservation Reserve Program General signup starting Feb. 27 and running through April 7,... — Updated 3/22/2023


Tester secures additional $9.7M to expand meat and poultry processing in Montana

Press release  U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., secured $9,752,250 for Bear Paw Development to finance expanded meat and poultry processing in five regions across Montana. In order to reach markets across the state, Bear Paw... — Updated 3/14/2023


MFU: New tractor repair MOU falls short

Press release A new tractor repair memorandum of understanding hasn’t changed the fact that farmers and ranchers do not have the ability to fully repair their own equipment, Montana Farmers Union said in a press release. The... — Updated 3/14/2023


USDA proposes rule on 'Made in the USA' meat labeling

Staff and wire report The U.S. Department of Agriculture released Monday a proposed rule with new regulatory requirements to better align the voluntary “Product of USA” label claim with consumer understanding of what the... — Updated 3/8/2023


Snowpack levels increasing

Press release BOZEMAN — February snows in Montana have increased snowpack in the state following a drop from January to February, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service reports. After a large late January storm ended... — Updated 3/8/2023


Deadlineapproaching to enroll in USDA's key commodity safety net programs

Press release BOZEMAN — Agricultural producers who have not yet enrolled in the Agriculture Risk Coverage — ARC — or Price Loss Coverage — PLC — programs for the 2023 crop year have until March 15 to elect and enroll a... — Updated 3/8/2023


USDA announces CRP signup for 2023

Press release BOZEMAN — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that agricultural producers and private landowners can begin applying for the Conservation Reserve Program General signup starting Feb. 27 through April 7. CRP... — Updated 2/22/2023


Bipartisan mill aims to increase fairness, add transparency to the cattle market

From the Office of U.S. Sen. Jon Tester In his continued push to support Montana cattle producers and add transparency to the cattle market, Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., reintroduced his bipartisan Cattle Price Discovery and... — Updated 2/15/2023


11 states consider 'right to repair' for farming equipment

Jesse Bedayn Associated Press/ Report for America DENVER — On Colorado’s northeastern plains, where the pencil-straight horizon divides golden fields and blue sky, a farmer named Danny Wood scrambles to plant and harvest proso... — Updated 2/15/2023


Montana Farmers Union celebrates 10th Annual Women's Conference

Press release Nearly 90 women gathered over their love of Montana’s farming and ranching communities this past weekend during the Montana Farmers Union 10th annual Women’s Conference. Attendees listened to inspiring speakers,... — Updated 2/15/2023


Bill would alter disease testing protocol for livestock

Caven Wade UM Legislative News Service University of Montana School of Journalism A bill passed by the House of Representatives would require ranchers  to corral livestock when the Department of Livestock requests to test animals... — Updated 2/15/2023


MSU Extension Hill County to hold a bull selection and EPD Workshop

Press release With bull sale season getting ready to kick off, a bull selection workshop to shed light on all the numbers and abbreviations in these catalogs has been scheduled for March 1, at 5:30 p.m. in the 4-H Chuckwagon on... — Updated 2/15/2023


Black Smoke Inc joins membership of American Angus Association

Press release Black Smoke Inc of Hingham is a new member of the American Angus Association®, said Mark McCully, CEO of the national breed organization headquartered in Saint Joseph, Missouri. The American Angus Association, with... — Updated 2/8/2023


Winter Rendezvous offers camaraderie, NRCS, Rural Development and MFU updates

Press release Members are invited to join Montana Farmers Union Feb. 16 in Billings for a complimentary dinner, connection with other members and information about the Inflation Reduction Act, Rural Development and MFU’s... — Updated 2/8/2023


Montana Alfalfa Seed Committee to meet Feb. 14

Press release HELENA — The Montana Alfalfa Seed Committee will meet in person Tuesday, Feb. 14, beginning at 1 p.m. to review applications and address general updates. Meetings will take place in person at the Billings Hotel and... — Updated 2/8/2023


USDA launches live online pilot Cattle Contracts Library

Press release WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture launched its pilot Cattle Contracts Library tuesday at 10 a.m. on the Agricultural Marketing Service Cattle Contract Library webpage. The webpage is at... — Updated 2/1/2023


Buffington named to meat processing cooperative board

From Montana Farmers Union Montana Premium Processing Cooperative is has announced its newest board member is Casey Buffington, a fourth-generation rancher for Basin Coulee Cattle Company near Ledger. The position was effective... — Updated 1/25/2023


American Farm Bureau establishes 2023 policies at annual meeting

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Farmer and rancher delegates to the American Farm Bureau Federation's 104th Convention adopted policies to guide the organization's work in 2023. Key topics... — Updated 1/18/2023


NRCS accepting applications for Community Agriculture Initiative

Press release BOZEMAN — The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is accepting applications for the Community Agriculture Initiative. The initiative supports the conservation efforts of Montana’s farmers, ranchers and... — Updated 1/18/2023


Continuous certification option available for perennial forage 

Press release WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is reminding agricultural producers with perennial forage crops of an option to report their acreage once, without having to report that acreage in subsequent years,... — Updated 1/18/2023

 By Tim Leeds    Local

Despite snow, drought conditions linger

A mass of snowfall in December has nearly caught north-central Montana up on precipitation for the calendar year, with more snow predicted today, but that has not been enough to... — Updated 12/28/2022


MSU Extension cropping seminars slated for Jan. 9-13 in the Golden Triangle

Montana State University Extension will host a free, annual cropping seminar series Jan. 9-13 in Great Falls, Choteau, Conrad, Cut Bank, Shelby, Chester, Havre, Fort Benton, and Stanford. Speakers will cover cereal grain... — Updated 12/28/2022


Ag Development Council meets Thursday via Zoom

Press release HELENA — The Agriculture Development Council will meet Thursday, Dec. 29, beginning at 2 p.m. via Zoom to review amendment requests, discuss the Montana AgTech Innovation and Investment Summit, and address general... — Updated 12/28/2022


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