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Farmers Union sets meet and greets with new ambassador

Press release Montana Farmers Union has a new membership ambassador for the Golden Triangle, and some events are set in the next few weeks to let people meet her. MFU announced that... — Updated 9/27/2023


Tester bill would prioritize Montana and American producers for international food aid

From the office of U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont. As a part of his continued efforts to champion Montana farmers and ranchers, U.S. Senator Jon Tester introduced Friday his bipartisa... — Updated 9/27/2023


Application deadline extended for USDA's Discrimination Financial Assistance Program

Press release WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended the deadline for the Discrimination Financial Assistance Program to Jan. 13, 2024, to give eligible farmers, ranchers and forest landowners more time to... — Updated 9/27/2023


Liberty, Chouteau and Hill counties in region USDA declares drought disaster

Press release U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared drought disasters for Montana counties including Liberty County and including as contiguous counties Chouteau and Hill counties. This secretarial natural disaster... — Updated 9/20/2023


Montana Food for Montana Schools connects local producers with schools

From MSU News Service BOZEMAN - A pair of events this fall will help incorporate local food into Montana students' meals by connecting producers with schools. The events, called... — Updated 9/20/2023


Nominations sought for Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Committee

Press release WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday a call for nominations to the Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers. First established in 1992, the Advisory Committee on Beginning... — Updated 9/20/2023


Liberty, Chouteau and Hill counties in region USDA declares drought disaster

Press release U.S. Department of Agriculture has declared drought disasters for Montana counties including Liberty County and including as contiguous counties Chouteau and Hill... — Updated 9/18/2023


Feds award aid to rural business owners, farmers and ranchers for renewable energy projects

Press release WASHINGTON — U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced last Wednesday that USDA is awarding $266 million in loans and grants to agriculture producers and rural small businesses to make... — Updated 9/6/2023


Montana State to offer pest management tour Oct. 2-4 across northwestern Montana

From the MSU News Service BOZEMAN — The Montana State University Extension Pesticide Education Program is offering a pest management tour for pesticide applicators at six locations across northwestern Montana Oct. 2 - 4. In order... — Updated 8/30/2023


Wheat and barley survey indicates top varies for 2023

Press release GREAT FALLS — The 2023 Wheat and Barley Variety Survey report was released Monday by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service Mountain Regional Office. Funded by the Montana Wheat and Barley Committee,... — Updated 8/30/2023


Oct. 31 deadline to apply for Discrimination Financial Assistance Program

July 7, U.S. Department of Agriculture and its partner vendors announced the opening of the application period for Section 22007 of the Inflation Reduction Act — IRA — which directs USDA to provide financial assistance to... — Updated 8/23/2023


October deadline set for Conservation Program Funding application

Press release BOZEMAN — The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Montana is accepting applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program — EQIP — Conservation Stewardship Program — CSP — Regional Cons... — Updated 8/23/2023


Outreach is key in identifying TOPP organic mentors

Press release USDA Transition to Organic Partnership Program — TOPP — Northwest Regional Lead Oregon Tilth Certified Organic is casting a wide net with its partners to spread TOPP messaging throughout farming communities,... — Updated 8/23/2023


EPA: Clean Air Act can't restrict farmers' right to repair

Press release In a letter to National Farmers Union, the Environmental Protection Agency affirmed that the Clean Air Act cannot be used as a basis to restrict independent repair of farm equipment. “The Clean Air Act and the U.S.... — Updated 8/16/2023


Using computer science to explore alternative crops and sustainable farming

Barath Raghavan, University of Southern California Michael Kantar, University of Hawaii (THE CONVERSATION) — Humans have physically reconfigured half of the world’s land to grow just eight staple crops: maize (corn), soy,... — Updated 8/9/2023


Time to think about fire prevention and fire safety this summer

from Motana Farm Bureau Federation BOZEMAN — Much of Montana has enjoyed a wet spring, and green grass has stretched well into mid-summer resulting in fat cattle and extensive haying.  However, as the days grow warmer and the... — Updated 8/2/2023


MFU annual convention set for Oct. 27-28

Press release Farmers and ranchers from around the state will gather to hear from industry leaders, debate grassroots policy, elect board members and more during the annual Montana Farmers Union Convention planned for Oct. 27-28... — Updated 8/2/2023


Northeast floods devastate 'heartbroken' farmers as months of labor and crops are swept away

STEVE LeBLANC Associated Press Well before it was warm enough to plant seedlings in the ground, farmer Micah Barritt began nursing crops like watermelon, eggplant and tomatoes — eventually transplanting them from his greenhouse... — Updated 8/2/2023


USDA accepts nearly 2.7M acres in Grassland CRP sign-up

Press release BOZEMAN — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting offers for nearly 2.7 million acres from agricultural producers and private landowners through this year’s Conservation Reserve Program Grassland... — Updated 7/26/2023


NFU held 85th All-States Leadership Retreat at MFU's Arrowpeak

Press release HIGHWOOD — Youth members of Farmers Union from around the country participated in the 85th National Farmers Union All-States Leadership Retreat, held this year at Montana Farmers Union’s Arrowpeak Lodge in Highwoo... — Updated 7/26/2023


Montana State part of $5 million USDA grant for Indigenous food sovereignty project

From the MSU News Service BOZEMAN — An Indigenous-led education and research program at Montana State University and its partner institution have been awarded a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a... — Updated 7/26/2023


USDA extends deadline for Organic Dairy Marketing Assistance

Press release WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is extending the deadline for the new Organic Dairy Marketing Assistance Program — ODMAP — to Aug. 11, 2023. This extension gives organic dairy producers more... — Updated 7/26/2023


Pandemic and natural disaster revenue loss programs deadline near

Press release BOZEMAN — The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency has again reminded producers of the July 14 deadline to apply for both the Emergency Relief Program Phase Two and the Pandemic Assistance Revenue... — Updated 7/12/2023


MDA reminds producers that Montana State Hail Insurance available for purchase

Press release HELENA — In light of recent storms throughout the state, the Montana Department of Agriculture is reminding producers that applications for State Hail Insurance Policy are available through MDA’s State Hail... — Updated 7/12/2023


House appropriations committee favors injustice in livestock markets

The essence of democratic process is the opportunity for all parties to be able to voice their views.  The House of Representatives Appropriations Committee, by inserting a budget rider which defunds the ongoing work by USDA to... — Updated 7/5/2023


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