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Every farmer counts: staying safe at railroad crossings

Did you know that every three hours in the United States, a person or vehicle is hit by a train? My organization, the national rail safety education nonprofit Operation Lifesaver Inc. partners with the American Farm Bureau Federation and other groups...

 

USDA providing farmers and ranchers additional direct coronavirus assistance

Press release U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Friday up to an additional $14 billion for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19. Signup for the Coronavirus Food Assistance...

 

MDA recruits for Noxious Weed Seed Free Forage Advisory Council

Press release HELENA — The Montana Department of Agriculture is currently recruiting for open positions on its Noxious Weed Seed Free Forage Advisory Council. The following council terms are currently vacant: • Certified Weed Seed Free Forage...

 

Sept. 30 deadline to update safety-net program crop yields approaching

Press release WASHINGTON — USDA’s Farm Service Agency is reminding farm owners that they have a one-time opportunity to update Price Loss Coverage program yields for covered commodities on the farm. The deadline is Sept. 30 to update yields,...

 

Disaster assistance offered to farmers and livestock producers impacted by wildfires

BOZEMAN — Montana agricultural operations have been significantly impacted by the wildfires, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture has technical and financial assistance available to help farmers and livestock producers recover. As agricultural...

 

National Farm Safety and Health Week slated for Sept. 20-26

From Montana Farm Bureau Federation Sept. 20-26 is National Farm Safety and Health Week. This year’s theme is “Every Farmer Counts” in recognition of America’s hard-working farmers and ranchers. Free webinars are scheduled for Monday through...

 

MFBF announces 2021 'Ag in Color' Drawing Contest

Press release Montana Farm Bureau Federation has announced its “Ag in Color” Drawing Contest, part of its Montana Youth Agriculture Literacy program. This well-established drawing contest is now open for 2021. Ag in Color drawing contest...

 

USDA assists farmers, ranchers, and communities affected by recent wildfires

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today the availability of assistance for agricultural producers affected by the recent wildfires to help eligible farmers and ranchers reestablish their operations. “USDA is ready to offer...

 

MSU researchers study how weeds become resistant to herbicides

By Reagan Colyer MSU News Service BOZEMAN - Herbicide-resistant weeds are a critical but often overlooked issue facing modern agriculture, according to Montana State University researcher William Dye...

 

USDA announces changes to emergency haying and grazing provisions

From Montana Farm Service Agency BOZEMAN — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency announced changes for emergency haying and grazing use of acres enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program. This includes changes outlined in...

 

Upcoming FSA deadlines listed

Staff and wire Montana FSA has a list of upcoming deadlines presented on its webpage at https://www.fsa.usda.gov/state-offices/Montana . The dates include: Aug. 21: Last day of CRP Soil Health and Income Protection Program (SHIPP) pilot signup...

 

USDA announces more eligible commodities for CFAP

From Montana Farm Service Agency U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced Tuesday that additional commodities are covered by the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, including eggs and all sheep, in response to public comments and data....

 

Distress loans available for crop producers without storage in Cascade and Liberty counties

From Montana Farm Service Agency BOZEMAN — U.S. Department of Agriculture Montana Farm Service Agency Executive Director Mike Foster announced the availability of distress loans for crop producers in Cascade and Liberty counties. Previously,...

 

FSA set-aside loan provision can help producers impacted by COVID-19

From USDA Farm Service Agency USDA’s Farm Service Agency broadened the use of the Disaster Set-Aside loan provision, normally used in the wake of natural disasters, to allow farmers and ranchers with USDA farm loans who are affected by COVID-19... Full story

 

USDA Announces Changes to Emergency Haying and Grazing Provisions

From Montana Farm Service Agency BOZEMAN — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency announced changes for emergency haying and grazing use of acres enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program. This includes changes outlined in...

 

State awards nearly $100,000 in ag scholarships

Press release Gov. Steve Bullock announced Friday that nearly $100,000 has been awarded to 12 applicants through the Montana Farmer Student Loan Assistance Program, which was created to encourage Montana’s college-educated youth to pursue a...

 

USDA accepting applications to help cover costs for organic certification

Press release WASHINGTON — USDA’s Farm Service Agency announced Monday that organic producers and handlers can apply for federal funds to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic certification through the Organic Certification...

 

Governor, MDA award grants to more than 60 businesses for meat processing

Press release Gov. Steve Bullock and the Montana Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday that more $7.5 million in grant funding has been awarded through the Montana Meat Processing Infrastructure Grant programs, including to some local...

 

4-H Results Pt. 3

Here are the results from Sunday’s 4-H Fair. Small Animals Cat — Short Hair — Grand — Hailey Gandenberger, left Cat — Short Hair — Reserve — Brea Sattoriva Junior Showmanship — Grand — Kendall Domire Junior Showmanship — Reserve...

 

USDA announces funding to support socially disadvantaged and veteran ag producers

Press release WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday approximately $15 million in available funding to help socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers own and operate successful farms. Funding is made...

 

Polaris continues sponsorship of Montana Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers competition

Press release The Montana Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher Committee announced that, for the sixth consecutive year, Montana Polaris is the sponsor of the YF&R Discussion Meet, awarding a Ranger® Side by Side UTV to the winner of that competitio...

 

4-H Results Pt.2

Here are the results from Saturday’s 4-H Fair. Watch for more results in the and Wednesday edition of the Havre Daily News. Round Robin (from left) Senior Contestants — Stephen Preputin (swine), Loy Waid (beef) and Angelina Toth (sheep), and...

 

4-H Results Pt. 1

Here are the results from Friday’s 4-H Fair. Watch for more results in the Tuesday and Wednesday editions of the Havre Daily News. 4-H Beef Show pictures and winners   Senior Showmanship Grand — Loy Waid Senior Showmanship Reserve — Katherine...

 

2020 Hill County 4-H interview results Pt. 2

Beef — Level 2 Grand — Angelina Toth Reserve — Hunter Velk   Beef — Level 3 Call Back — Loy Waid Goat — Level 1 Grand — Wesson Scovel   Sheep — Level 1 Grand — Savannah Schaumloeffel   Sheep — Level 2 Grand — Madelyn Myers...

 

2020 Hill County 4-H interview results released Pt.1

Hill County 4-H has released the results of the 4-H Fair interviews conducted Tuesday. Along with grands and reserves, also listed are members and their projects given a "call back," which means they...

 

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