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National Ag Innovation Challenge awards business creativity

Press release The Montana Farm Bureau Federation is urging Montana’s agricultural business entrepreneurs to apply for the 2021 Ag Innovation Challenge.  American Farm Bureau Federation, in partnership with Farm Credit, is hosting this national bus...

 
 By Press Release    Local    July 7, 2020

USDA reminds Montana producers to complete crop acreage reports

BOZEMAN — USDA’s Farm Service Agency is reminding Montana producers to complete crop acreage reports by the applicable deadline for their county. Acreage reporting dates vary by crop and by county. Peoplr can contact their FSA county office...

 

Meat processing program developed at Miles Community College

Press release Miles Community College and Montana Farm Bureau have teamed up to make a meat processing certificate/degree a reality. For the past several years, MCC has been working to develop a certificate that can offer a journeyman certificate in...

 

USDA adds Digital options for ag producers to apply for CFAP program

Press release WASHINGTON — USDA’s Farm Service Agency will now accept applications for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program through an online portal, expanding the options available to producers to apply for this program, which helps offset...

 

USDA adds digital options for ag producers to apply for CFAP program

Press release WASHINGTON — USDA’s Farm Service Agency will now accept applications for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program through an online portal, expanding the options available to producers to apply for this program, which helps offset...

 

Some Montana USDA service centers resuming In-Person office visits

Press release Some USDA Service Centers in Montana are now allowing in-person office visits by appointment only. Visitors will be pre-screened based on health concerns or recent travel and must adhere to social distancing guidelines. Visitors are...

 

June 30 deadline for 2020 ARC, PLC enrollment

Press release Agricultural producers who have not yet enrolled in the Agriculture Risk Coverage or Price Loss Coverage programs for 2020 must do so by June 30. Although program elections for the 2020 crop year remain the same as elections made for...

 

2020 acreage reporting deadline is July 15

Press release July 15 is the acreage reporting deadline for spring seeded alfalfa seed, forage seeding, Conservation Reserve Program, perennial forage not covered under the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program, annually seeded spring crops,...

 

USDA dairy safety-net program signup to begin Oct. 12 for the 2021 Coverage Period

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency announces that Dairy Margin Coverage safety-net signup for 2021 coverage will begin Oct. 12 and will run through Dec. 11. DMC has already triggered payments for two months for...

 

FSA ARC/PLC enrollment deadline is June 30

Press release WASHINGTON — Agricultural producers who have not yet enrolled in the Agriculture Risk Coverage or Price Loss Coverage programs for 2020 must do so by June 30. Although program elections for the 2020 crop year remain the same as...

 

Proposed Changes to the National List for Organic Livestock and Handling

Press release The U.S. Department of Agriculture this month published a proposed rule in the Federal Register to amend the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances. The proposed changes are based on April 2019 recommendations from the...

 

U.S. streamlines organic trade with Taiwan

Press release U.S. Department of Agriculture announced June 4 a new U.S.-Taiwan equivalence arrangement, effective May 30, that streamlines organic trade with Taiwan. The arrangement allows organic products certified in the United States or Taiwan...

 

2021 NILE merit heifer deadline approaching

Youths who want to get a start in the cattle industry again have a chance to get a leg up from the Northern International Livestock Exposition. Applications for the NILE Merit Heifer Program are available for the 2020-2021 year, with the deadline...

 

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...

 

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