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MSU Extension To Host "Communicating For The Farm" Webinar Series

Bozeman — Montana State University Extension in Pondera County and Purdue Extension-Bartholomew County will offer a webinar series this month to help improve agricultural storytelling and communication skills. Adriane Good, MSU Extension agent in...

 

Montana FU Appreciates Lawmakers Ler & Bogner For Action On Meat Inspection Bill

Great Falls - Montana Farmers Union appreciates the efforts of two state law makers whose work to amend HB 2, a budget bill, that will allow the state to explore more opportunities for meat processing as well as level the playing field for custom...

 

Montana Drought-Monitoring Group Meeting May 5

The Montana drought-monitoring group will meet Wednesday, May 5 at 10 a.m. to seek local input on moisture conditions. These meetings are open to everyone interested, field staff, weather experts/observers, ranchers, farmers, property owners,...

 

MSU Extension Drought Ed. Series To Begin April 26

Bozeman — Montana State University Extension will host a new series of meetings across the state geared toward comprehensive education on drought and its implications for Montana agriculture. The meetings are free and open to the public, no...

 

Virtual Farm Fair Features Montana's Farms and Ranches

Last year's Montana Farm Bureau Virtual Farm Fair was so well received that the state's largest agricultural organization is again holding their Virtual Farm Fair April 26-30. The Virtual Farm Fair...

 

Lower Yellowstone Irrigation Project Canal Notice

Dependent on weather, barring any unforeseen circumstances, the Lower Yellowstone Irrigation Project will start filling and flushing the Main Canal on Wednesday, April 21 at 6 a.m. Please ensure that all children, livestock, and fences are out of...

 

Ballots Needed By April 16 To Help Pass Montana Oilseed Crop Checkoff 

The Montana Oilseed Advisory Committee is proposing a 0.5% checkoff for canola, camelina, flaxseed, mustard, safflower, soybeans, and sunflower crops. This checkoff means that growers can voluntarily have 0.5% taken off their sale price when they sel...

 

Governor Gianforte Lifts Regulations For Fertilizer Delivery To Support Montana's Ag Industry

Helena - Governor Greg Gianforte issued an executive order that temporarily suspends hours of service regulations for certain carriers to facilitate and expedite the delivery of fertilizer to Montana’s farmers. Agriculture producers regularly face...

 

After Identifying Gaps In Previous Aid, USDA Announces 'Pandemic Assistance For Producers' To Distribute Resources More Equitably

Washington, DC - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA is establishing new programs and efforts to bring financial assistance to farmers, ranchers and producers who felt the impact of COVID-19 market disruptions. The new initiative...

 

Future Farm Policy, Economics Focus Of March 25 Ag Research Summit Webinar

What can producers expect as the economy recovers from COVID-19 and discussion begins on innovative agricultural policies leading up to a new farm bill? What about existing risk management tools?...

 

Spending Stimulus Money In Montana, Studying Its Impact On Agriculture

Conversations at the Capitol have taken a turn this week to focus on strategy for spending federal funding brought to Montana from The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The American Rescue Plan Act is the Biden Administration’s $1.9 trillion...

 

USDA Seeks Innovative Partner-led Projects Delivering Sustainable Agricultural Solutions

Bozeman - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is seeking proposals to fund up to $75 million in new, unique projects under the Regional Conservation Partnership Program’s (RCPP) Alternative Funding Arrangements (AFA) that take innovative and...

 

Rain and Snow Observers Needed to Better Assess N.D. Drought

A statewide citizen science network is looking for volunteers for rain and snow reporting in North Dakota. These observers will measure rainfall, snowfall and snow depth as part of the Community...

 

Celebrate Agriculture During National Ag Week

National Ag Week, a time to celebrate agriculture, is March 21-27 with National Ag Day March 23. Agriculture remains the number-one industry for Montana, outpacing mining, tourism and forestry products along with oil and gas. Montana agriculture is...

 

Sunwall Farm Recognized By MT Historical Society

Located five miles northwest of Froid sits the Sunwall Farm. This farm has been in operation for well over 100 years. "My grandpa, Anders Sunwall, homesteaded here in 1906, but he finally got the...

 

MSU Extension Publishes New Montguide Fact Sheets To Aid Montanans

Bozeman — Montana State University Extension recently published six new MontGuides covering a variety of topics to provide unbiased information for Montanans. As part of their outreach efforts, MSU Extension specialists and agents write...

 

MSU Doctoral Candidate Awarded Prestigious Fellowship To Study Beetle Evolution

Bozeman - A Montana State University doctoral candidate recently received a prestigious international fellowship to continue his research on beetle evolution at the Natural History Museum of Denmark...

 

Farmer, Rancher Representation Needed On Fish And Game Commission

In the first week back in Helena after transmittal break, the bills are flying through committees in the second chamber. There were 181 bill hearings this week, which means our citizen legislature is moving quickly to accomplish the people’s busine...

 

Tile Drainage Webinar Set for March 25

Producers and others will have an opportunity to learn more about tile drainage during an online tile drainage design and management webinar North Dakota State University Extension is holding from...

 

AFBF Applauds Introduction Of Estate Tax Repeal Bills

The American Farm Bureau Federation is calling on Congress to remove barriers to farm ownership. Bills aimed at eliminating the estate tax were introduced in the Senate and House last week. The American Farm Bureau Federation supports both. Sen....

 

Montana Farm Bureau to host Calling on the Capitol on Ag Day

The Montana Farm Bureau Federation is holding a virtual Calling on the Capitol on Ag Day, March 23. This will provide an excellent opportunity for farmers and ranchers to meet with the Montana Lieutenant Governor, legislative leadership as well as...

 

Growing Season Weather Outlook Focus Of March 11 Ag Research Summit Webinar

Farmers and ranchers in the MonDak region are readying their equipment for spring planting. The big question now is the weather. What can farmers and ranchers expect this growing season? Patrick Gilchrist with the National Weather Service Office, Gla...

 

Farm Bureau Supports Cattle Market Transparency

The American Farm Bureau Federation is calling on lawmakers to require increased transparency in America’s cattle markets. AFBF supports the Cattle Market Transparency Act of 2021, sponsored by Sens. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.)....

 

At The Halfway Mark, Montana Agriculture Is In Good Hands

As we review the official first half of the Montana Legislative session, it’s safe to say the session is looking good for Montana agriculture. Of the 3,357 total bill draft requests, 1,121 have been formally introduced. Montana Farm Bureau has...

 

NDSU Offers Online Gardening Forums

North Dakota State University is offering a series of free workshops for gardeners. The Spring Fever Garden Forums will run on Monday evenings, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. CST, March 22-April 12. Topics will include how to grow roses, select maples, grow a...

 

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