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MFU praises livestock reports, right to repair order from feds

Staff and wire report Montana Farmers Union has praised recent actions taken by President Biden and the Agriculture Department to increase transparency in the market and to increase ag producers’ ability to repair their... — Updated 8/11/2021

 

Best practices listed for hay shipments to prevent noxious weeds and pests

From Montana Department of Agriculture  HELENA — As Montana agricultural producers strive to find adequate feed for livestock during severe drought conditions and a damaging wildfire season, the Montana Department of... — Updated 8/11/2021

 

MSU Extension advises caution for livestock feeding or grazing weeds during drought

From MSU News Service BOZEMAN - Due to the extended drought in Montana, water availability in many areas has become severely limited. Reservoirs have dried up and are becoming... — Updated 8/11/2021

 

Montana Hay Hotline available for producers affected by drought

Press release HELENA — As severe drought conditions and wildfires persist across the state, the Montana Department of Agriculture is reminding agricultural producers of the availability of the Hay Hotline, an online tool that con... — Updated 8/11/2021

 

MSU Extension advises caution for livestock feeding or grazing weeds during drought

From MSU News Service BOZEMAN - Due to the extended drought in Montana, water availability in many areas has become severely limited. Reservoirs have dried up and are becoming... — Updated 8/4/2021

 

FWP seeks public comment on emergency haying/grazing leases on WMAs

HELENA — Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is seeking public comment on a proposal to establish emergency haying and grazing leases on portions of 14 Wildlife Management Areas in the state.  The purpose of these late summer/fall... — Updated 8/4/2021

 

Seminar set for Aug. 11 on feeding cattle in a drought

Press release Whether getting a good or bad price on calves, it is critical to have the weight and maintain good body condition on cows who are carrying the next crop. At 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11, at the Frontier in Dunkirk, Maria... — Updated 8/4/2021

 

FSA lists deadlines for Montana producers

Staff and wire report Montana Farm Service Agency’s website lists important dates and deadlines in programs for Montana producers, including some deadlines that just have passed. Dates listed on the website include: June... — Updated 7/27/2021

 

USDA continues investing in farm-to-school grants

From U.S. Department of Agriculture WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing $12 million in Farm to School Grants this year, announcing awards to 176 grantees, the most projects funded since the program... — Updated 7/27/2021

 

USDA offers funding to support socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers, ranchers

Press release WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday approximately $16.6 million in available funding to community-based and nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, and Tribal... — Updated 7/27/2021

 

Montana Hay Hotline available for producers affected by drought

Press release  HELENA — As severe drought conditions and wildfires persist across the state, the Montana Department of Agriculture is reminding agricultural producers of the availability of the Hay Hotline, an online tool that c... — Updated 7/27/2021

 

Pandemic assistance available to producers for animal losses

From U.S. Department of Agriculture WASHINGTON — Livestock and poultry producers who suffered losses during the pandemic due to insufficient access to processing can apply for assistance for those losses and the cost of... — Updated 7/21/2021

 

Deadline for CRP Grasslands Signups announced

From U.S. Department of Agriculture BOZEMAN — Agricultural producers and landowners in Montana can apply for the Conservation Reserve Program Grasslands signup to Aug. 20. This year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture updated... — Updated 7/21/2021

 

More action on ag issues coming up in Washington

Staff and wire report More direct and indirect action is happening in Washington, D.C., on issues related to agricultural production. President Joe Biden has issued an executive order that includes directing government agencies to... — Updated 7/14/2021

 

Innovative 'Soil for Water' regenerative agriculture project expands to Montana

From National Center for Appropriate Technology Building on a successful peer-to-peer network of Texas ranchers who are implementing innovative grazing techniques to improve soil health and increase profitability, the National... — Updated 7/14/2021

 

Blister Beetles are affecting more than just alfalfa

By Colleen Buck Montana State University Hill County Extension Agent Blister beetles have been found in hay fields in Hill County. Generally, these beetles inhabit alfalfa fields, however this year that is not the case. They have... — Updated 7/14/2021

 

USDA seeks new partnerships to safeguard, restore wetland ecosystems

From USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service BOZEMAN — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing up to $17 million for conservation partners to help protect and restore critical wetlands on agricultural lands through... — Updated 7/7/2021

 

Keeping track of important program dates

From U.S. Department of agriculture USDA in Montana is reminding agricultural producers of upcoming Farm Service Agency dates and deadlines. Contact your local service center to apply and with any questions. People can visit https:... — Updated 7/7/2021

 

Montanans asked to stay alert about feral swine

From Montana Department of Livestock HELENA –  The Montana Department of Livestock is asking residents to remain vigilant about the presence of feral swine. Though there have been no confirmed sightings in Montana, populations a... — Updated 6/30/2021

 

USDA invites applications to help disadvantaged groups strengthen capacity

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that it is seeking applications for grants under the Socially-Disadvantaged Groups Grant program. The purpose of this program is to provide technical assistance to sociall... — Updated 6/30/2021

 

Tester secures $55.2 million to expand state meat processing

NOTE: This information was provided by the office of Sen. Jon Tester U.S. Sen Jon Tester, D-Mont., announced Friday that he secured $55.2 million in competitive grant funding that will provide critical resources for currently... — Updated 6/30/2021

 

Montana FSA program deadlines

The Montana FSA website at https://www.fsa.usda.gov/state-offices/Montana lists upcoming deadlines in FSA programs in the state: Deadline TBA: Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 — Signup Reopened April 5. Signup period will... — Updated 6/30/2021

 

Crop acreage report due date approaching

Note: This was provided by the U.S.D.A. Farm Service Agency BOZEMAN — Agricultural producers in Montana who have not yet completed their crop acreage reports after planting should make an appointment with their U.S. Department... — Updated 6/30/2021

 

Montana FSA crop acreage report due date approaching

From U.S.D.A. Farm Service Agency BOZEMAN — Agricultural producers in Montana who have not yet completed their crop acreage reports after planting should make an appointment with their U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm... — Updated 6/23/2021

 

FSA accepting county committee member nominations

From USDA Farm Service Agency BOZEMAN — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency began accepting nominations for county committee members on June 15. Elections will occur in certain Local Administrative... — Updated 6/23/2021

 

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