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USDA: $700 million more ag relief for COVID-19

From U.S. Department of Agriculture WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Thursday it will soon publish Requests for Applications — RFAs — for new grant programs — the Pandemic Response and Safety or PR... — Updated 9/15/2021

 

USDA expands assistance to cover feed transportation costs

From USDA Farm Service Agency WASHINGTON — In response to the severe drought conditions in the West and Great Plains, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced its plans to help cover the cost of transporting feed for... — Updated 9/15/2021

 

Chouteau, Liberty counties named as primary natural disaster areas

Staff and wire report The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated Chouteau and Liberty counties as primary disasters area due to drought. The secretarial natural disaster designation allows the United States Department of... — Updated 9/8/2021

 

Additional materials to be certified as weed-free by ag department

From Montana Department of Agriculture  HELENA — As established in House Bill 93 signed during the 2021 legislative session, the Montana Department of Agriculture can now certify additional materials, such as gravel, as being... — Updated 9/8/2021

 

New heirs' property relending program applications open

From Montana Farm Services Agency Intermediary lenders can now apply for loans through the new Heirs’ Property Relending Program. The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting applications today through Oct. 29 and... — Updated 9/8/2021

 

Montana FSA program dates/deadlines listed

From https://www.fsa.usda.gov/state-offices/Montana Sept. 17 is the last day of Pandemic Livestock Indemnity Program — PLIP — signup. Sept. 30: 2022 NAP application for coverage deadline for annual fall-seeded crops,... — Updated 9/8/2021

 

USDA accepts 2.8 million acres into CRP

From U.S. Department of Agriculture WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has accepted 2.8 million acres in offers from agricultural producers and private landowners for enrollment into the Conservation Reserve Program... — Updated 9/1/2021

 

US agricultural exports on a record-setting pace

From U.S. Department of Agriculture WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s quarterly trade forecast released yesterday shows that U.S. agricultural exports not only continue at a record-setting pace for fiscal year 2... — Updated 9/1/2021

 

Montana FSA program dates/deadlines listed

From https://www.fsa.usda.gov/state-offices/Montana Today, Sept. 1: 2022 Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) application for coverage deadline for all canola (winter and spring seeded) and value-loss crops such as... — Updated 9/1/2021

 

FSA lists available disaster assistance

From Montana Farm Service Agency People who have suffered excessive livestock death losses and grazing or feed losses due to recent wildfires may may be eligible for disaster assistance programs through the USDA Farm Service... — Updated 8/25/2021

 

Bipartisan legislation introduced to improve livestock disaster programs

Note: This was provided by the office of Sen. Jon Tester Amid disastrous drought and a catastrophic wildfire season, U.S. Sens. Jon Tester, D-Mont., and John Hoeven, R-N.D., this month introduced their bipartisan Livestock Disaster... — Updated 8/25/2021

 

USDA accepting applications to help cover costs for organic certification

From U.S. Department of Agricultre WASHINGTON — Organic producers and handlers can now apply for U.S. Department of Agriculture funds to assist with the cost of receiving or maintaining organic certification. Applications... — Updated 8/25/2021

 

Women Stepping Forward for Agriculture Conference coming to Billings

Press release People can make plans now to attend the annual Women Stepping Forward for Agriculture Conference at the Big Horn Resort in Billings Sept. 28-30. This year’s conference is packed with speakers that will deliver... — Updated 8/25/2021

 

In retirement, profs Danley and Welch give to Northern's future

Press release Montana State University-Northern is celebrating a new endowment supporting future Northern agriculture students from donors who know that department well. Retired... — Updated 8/18/2021

 

Lankford appointed to Farm Service Agency State Committee in Montana

From USDA Farm Service Agency The USDA Farm Service Agency announced Friday the appointment of Ryan Lankford of Fort Belknap to serve on the FSA state committee in Montana which ensures the effective and efficient delivery of FSA... — Updated 8/18/2021

 

Montana Wheat and Barley Committee announces two new Board members

From Montana Farmers Union GREAT FALLS — Brett Dailey of Jordan and Terry Angvick of Plentywood and were recently appointed to the Board of the Montana Wheat and Barley Committee. The MWBC administers the check-off dollars paid... — Updated 8/18/2021

 

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

 

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