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Producers can nominate schools for STEM education grants

Press release ST. LOUIS, Mo. — In 2018, it is projected that 2.4 million jobs in science, technology, engineering and math, STEM, will go unfilled. To help K-12 educators enhance their STEM curriculum and excite their students about these fields,...

 

Agriculture sees many changes in 2017

2017 brought a wave of change for farming. It was a better year than farmers and ranchers have seen in a while. WOTUS EPA’s much-maligned and litigated Waters of the United States rule appeared to have met its match in 2017. Already blocked by...

 

Cowboy Hall of Fame induction set for Feb. 3

Press release The Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame & Western Heritage Center has extended an invitation to all to attend the Annual MCHF Induction Ceremony and Western Heritage Gathering, Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Best Western Heritage Inn in Great Falls....

 

DOR livestock reporting deadline is March 1

Press release HELENA — The Montana Department of Revenue is mailing livestock reporting forms this week to livestock owners who own livestock and need to meet upcoming reporting and payment deadlines. “The department wants to make it more...

 

Research proposals sought by Alfalfa Seed Committee

Press release HELENA — The Montana Alfalfa Seed Committee is seeking proposals for demonstration projects, applied research, and market development projects designed to address needs and opportunities for Montana’s alfalfa seed industry....

 

2018 NILE scholarship application now available

Press release BILLINGS — The Northern International Livestock Exposition Scholarship Program, funded by the NILE Foundation, is now accepting applications for scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic year.   Since 1990, the NILE has awarded...

 

Winter grazing seminar set for Feb. 6 -7 in Helena

Press release HELENA — Montana ranchers interested in topics such as post-wildfire grazing management, conifer encroachment in upland and riparian areas, or recruiting more young people into agriculture will want to attend the 2018 Winter Grazing...

 

Montana FSA hiring additional loss adjusters

Press release The USDA Farm Service Agency is accepting offers from individuals interested in providing contracted crop adjusting services throughout Montana for the 2018 crop year. Loss adjuster applications for the 2018 crop year are due Feb. 5 to...

 

Montana Pork Producers Council annual meeting Jan. 18

Press release Montana Pork Producers Council has invited Montana pork producers to attend the annual meeting Jan. 18 at the Mansfield Civic Center in Great Falls. By design, the event coincides with the MAGIE Ag Expo for attendee convenience. The the...

 

Ag Secretary Perdue Announces Farm Service Agency State Committee Appointees

Press release WASHINGNTON — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced a slate of Farm Service Agency state committee appointees. State committees are selected by the secretary, serve at the pleasure of the secretary, and are...

 
 By Pam Burke    Local    October 4, 2017

Range Recover: Raising grass from the ashes

The 22,000-acre East Fork Fire burned range land for many Bear Paw Mountain ranchers and threatened that of many more, but burned areas in the longterm could be beneficial to the range land and some...

 
 By Pam Burke    Local    October 4, 2017

Fire recovery resources available

Producers with rangeland affected by the fire — whether pastures, shelters and water sources were burned, disturbed by firebreaks or traffic from firefighting equipment, or stressed by overuse from changes in grazing rotation and drought — can...

 

Meeting Thursday on FSA's ECP for fire-impacted producers

From Farm Service Agency The USDA Farm Service Agency is hosting a producer meeting Thursday at 1 p.m. at Bear Paw Elementary School located at 29815 Clear Creek Rd, Chinook, MT 59523. The meeting will be co-hosted by the Hill and Blaine County FSA...

 

Enrollment deadline approaching on USDA's ARC and PLC programs

From Farm Service Agency BOZEMAN — U.S. Department of Agriculture Montana Farm Service Agency Acting State Executive Director Amy Webbink has reminded farmers and ranchers that they have until Aug. 1 to enroll in Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price...

 

Montana producers have to Aug. 1 to submit nominations for FSA county committees

From Farm Service Agency BOZEMAN — The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency Acting Executive Director for Montana, Amy Webbink, Monday reminded farmers and ranchers that they have until Aug. 1, 2017, to nominate eligible candidates...

 

FSA county committee nominations about to start

From USDA WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that the nomination period for local Farm Service Agency county committees begins Thursday, June 15. “County committees allow farmers and ranchers to make important decisions...

 
 By Pam Burke    Local    April 5, 2017

Hi-Line Farm & Ranch April 2017

After 2016, when cattle prices dropped to as low as half the prices seen the previous two years, cattle producers are working their way through a typical weather-diverse Montana winter and spring to g...

 
 By Pam Burke    Local    December 7, 2016

Hi-Line Farm & Ranch December 2016: The future of ag trade and the TPP

The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement between the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations is unlikely to be ratified during the lame duck session or after President-elect Donald Trump takes office, and this is not necessarily a good...

 

FSA County Committee elections to begin

 Producers to receive ballots week of Nov. 7 WASHINGTON — Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will begin mailing ballots to eligible farmers and ranchers across the country for the...

 
 By Tim Leeds    Local    November 2, 2016

Weather, prices upside down in north-central Montana

A topsy-turvy weather year that looked bleak early on received enough moisture in the north-central Montana region including Blaine, Chouteau, Hill and Liberty counties to produce some good harvests, although a decline in prices at the same time has...

 

Nov. 15 next deadline for FSA Filing

From Montana FSA BOZEMAN — USDA Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Bruce Nelson has announced that producers who file accurate and timely reports for all crops and land uses, including failed acreage can prevent the potential loss of FSA...

 

Report highlights Montana 'Beef to School' partnerships

MSU News Service BOZEMAN — A team of Montana State University researchers, stakeholders and community partners known as the Montana Beef to School Project has written a case study report to help Montana beef producers, meat processors, schools...

 

Montana Farmers Union annual convention features drone and other experts

GREAT FALLS — This past weekend Montana Farmers Union held its 101 annual convention in Great Falls at the Best Western Heritage Inn. The weekend was packed with workshops on drones, pulse crops, water rights, pesticide management and keynote...

 

Fall crop reporting deadline approaching

Farm Service Agency has reminded local farmers that they have until Nov. 15 to report perennial and fall seeded crops to the agency.   Timely crop reports are required to maintain eligibility for almost all USDA farm programs. To help them report...

 

MSU to host agricultural outlook conference Nov. 11

MSU News Service BOZEMAN — The Montana State University Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics and MSU Extension will host an agricultural economics conference, “Agricultural Production Trends and Changing Food Systems,” on...

 

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