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Campers take hands-on approach to learning about co-ops

Montana Farmers Union HIGHWOOD - Roughly 200 campers spent a week immersed in what it takes to form and run cooperatives during Montana Farmers Union summer camps program at... — Updated 7/26/2022


Local commissioner takes over as FSA Montana executive director

From U.S. Department of Agriculture WASHINGTON - The Biden Administration announced Monday it has appointed Liberty Commissioner Maureen "Morb" Wicks as the new state executive dire... — Updated 7/26/2022


Wheat and barley varieties survey participation needed

Press release GREAT FALLS — The Montana Wheat and Barley Committee is asking producers to participate in the upcoming Wheat and Barley Varieties Survey conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture’s National... — Updated 7/12/2022


More than 3.1 million acres accepted in Grassland CRP Signup

Press release BOZEMAN — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting offers for more than 3.1 million acres from agricultural producers and private landowners through this year’s Conservation Reserve Program Grassland... — Updated 7/12/2022


Baltrusch engages in premiere education at Beef Leaders Institute

Peyton Schmitt Angus Communications Nathan Baltrusch of Havre was one of 26 American Angus Association® members from across the country that attended the 2022 Beef Leaders... — Updated 7/5/2022


Tester livestock bills pass out of committee

Staff and wire During a press call last week, Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., said a committee advanced two of his bills intended to improve prices and fairness for agricultural producers and consumers, putting them one step closer to a... — Updated 6/28/2022


Livestock disaster planning workshop set for Thursday

Press release Montana State University Extension, Hill County, will be hosting an interactive workshop on preparing for a livestock disaster event. Jeanne Rankin, DVM and MSU Associate Extension Specialist will be the featured... — Updated 6/7/2022


Producers reminded to sign up to be counted in Ag Census

Montana Department of Agriculture HELENA — The Montana Department of Agriculture is reminding agricultural producers to sign up for the 2022 Census of Agriculture before June 30. Taken only once every five years by the United... — Updated 5/25/2022


Deadline extended for public comment on ag competition challenges

U.S. Department of Agriculture The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a 30-day extension to the public comment period to identify the impacts of concentration and competition challenges in seed, fertilizer, other... — Updated 5/25/2022


Chamber looking for ag award nomineeds

The Havre Area Chamber of Commerce Agribusiness Committee is looking for nominee to be honored for their work in agrinculture. The committee is sponsoring two agricultural awards, the Outstanding Agricultural Leader and... — Updated 5/18/2022


USDA accepting applications for help covering costs of organic, transitioning producers

From Montana USDA Farm Service Agency BOZEMAN — Agricultural producers and handlers who are certified organic, along with producers and handlers who are transitioning to organic production, can now apply for the U.S. Department... — Updated 5/18/2022


Livestock disaster planning workshop set in Havre

Havre Daily News staff Montana State University Extension is holding a workshop in Havre June 9 to help ag producers and others prepare for and plan for livestock disasters. A flyer for the event says it is aimed at Disaster and Em... — Updated 5/11/2022


MFU Recipient of $22k CHS Foundation Grant

from Montana Farmers Union A $22,000 cooperative education grant from the CHS Foundation will help campers experience cooperatives and agriculture this summer during the Montana Farmers Union Summer Camp programs. “The CHS... — Updated 5/11/2022


Ag assistance offered for recent blizzard impacts

From U.S. Department of Agriculture BOZEMAN — Agricultural operations in Montana have been significantly impacted by a recent blizzard and major spring snowstorms. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has technical and financial... — Updated 5/11/2022


Farmers Union donates $125,000 to Ukraine relief

from National Farmers Union National Farmers Union and Farmers Union Enterprises are donating $125,000 to humanitarian and agricultural relief efforts in Ukraine. Farmers Union Enterprises is owned by the state Farmers Union... — Updated 5/4/2022 Full story


State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement Program accepting proposals

from U.S. Department of Agriculture WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting new and modified proposals from conservation partners for the State Acres for Wildlife Enhancement — SAFE — initiative, a part... — Updated 5/4/2022 Full story


Montana ranchers warned of cattle feed scams

from Montana Attorney General’s Office HELENA — Montana Attorney General’s Office is warning Montanans of a scams that could be impacting many Montana ranchers. One investigation is still ongoing, but the Office of Consumer... — Updated 4/27/2022


New Montana State wheat and barley plant varieties officially named

MSU News Service BOZEMAN — Three publicly released new wheat varieties and one new barley variety from Montanan State University have recently been named by public vote. To generate excitement and get more people involved with th... — Updated 4/27/2022


Montana Farmer's Union Foundation announces grant opportunities

from Montana Farmers Union The Montana Farmers Union Foundation is accepting applications for its grant funding for the first time. The MFU Foundation has funded projects when approached in the past. Now that the endowment has... — Updated 4/27/2022


Montana Pulse Crop Committee seeks executive director

from Montana Department of Agriculture HELENA — The Montana Pulse Crop Committee is inviting proposals to fund an executive director to address pulse industry needs and improve return on investment for Montana’s producers.... — Updated 4/13/2022


Drought assistance available to haul livestock to forage

from Montana Farm Service Agency BOZEMAN — Due to the persistent drought conditions in the Great Plains and West, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is offering additional relief through the Emergency Assistance for... — Updated 4/13/2022


Montana sees 50 percent increase in meat processing

from the Office of the Montana Governor HELENA — Gov. Greg Gianforte announced Tuesday a 50 percent increase in meat processed in Montana to date this fiscal year in facilities inspected by the Montana Department of Livestock.... — Updated 3/30/2022


Meat, poultry processing expansion deadline extended

From U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Montana Rural Development office BOZEMAN — U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the department is extending to May 11, 2022, the application deadline for the Meat... — Updated 3/30/2022


USDA updates farm loan programs to increase equity

from U.S. Department of Agriculture WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is updating its farm loan programs to better support current borrowers, including historically underserved producers. These improvements are... — Updated 3/30/2022


Montanans helping Montanans, once again

Press release The Town Pump Charitable Foundation, a longtime supporter of the Producer Partnership, recently awarded the partnership a grant for $30,000. “We are grateful to the Town Pump Charitable Foundation for its ongoing in... — Updated 3/22/2022


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