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Public Notice: Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council Business Meeting on July 11

The meeting will be held at Comfort Inn, 455 McKinley Ave, Shelby, MT

Public Notice: Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council Business Meeting on July 11

Click here for the draft meeting agenda. Meeting details:

  • Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council Business Meeting
  • July 11, 2018
  • 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Location - Comfort Inn, 455 McKinley Ave., Shelby, M

MDA Seeking Pest Information from Lentil Growers

What vertebrate animals have damaged your crops?

MDA Seeking Pest Information from Lentil Growers

Helena, Mont. – The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) is seeking to gather information from lentil growers who have, are or will be suffering damage from vertebrate pests. As part of the MDA’s vertebrate pest program, Department staff gathers information and photos related to certain pests and the damages they cause to certain crops. This information helps the Department develop training materials, which in turn are used to educate producers to help them more easily identify and manage vertebrate pests.

Now Hiring for Plant Pest Field Technician - Short-Term Worker

Position Based in Helena

Now Hiring for Plant Pest Field Technician - Short-Term Worker

Click here for full position details, or visit the Employment page for more info and other job openings with the Montana Department of Agriculture.

Executive Order: Temporarily Exempting Certain Carriers from Hours of Service Regulations to Help Meet Fertilizer Delivery Demands

Executive Order: Temporarily Exempting Certain Carriers from Hours of Service Regulations to Help Meet Fertilizer Delivery Demands

Important news for Montana's ag industry: Governor Bullock has issued an executive order exempting certain carriers from hours of service regulations to help meet fertilizer delivery demands. Click here for the full executive order.

Now Hiring for Agricultural Technician in Plentywood

Closes May 29, 2018

Now Hiring for Agricultural Technician in Plentywood

Click here for full position details, or visit the Employment page for more info and other job openings with the Montana Department of Agriculture.

State Hail Insurance Staff to Hold Meetings Throughout Montana

Producers reminded to get covered at hail.mt.gov

State Hail Insurance Staff to Hold Meetings Throughout Montana

Helena, Mont. – While we are currently dealing with the fits and starts of springtime in Montana, its important to remember that hail season is right around the corner. Staff from the Montana Hail Insurance program will soon be visiting communities throughout Montana to sell policies and educate producers on the program.  

USDA Seeks Comments on Proposed Rule for National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard

The deadline for comments is July 3, 2018

USDA Seeks Comments on Proposed Rule for National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard

WASHINGTON, May 3, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture today invited public comment on the proposed rule to establish the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard mandated by Congress in 2016. The standard will provide a uniform way to offer meaningful disclosure for consumers who want more information about their food and avoid a patchwork system of state or private labels that could be confusing for consumers and would likely drive up food costs.

Comments may be submitted online through the Federal eRulemaking portal www.regulations.gov. Comments may also be filed with the Docket Clerk, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Room 4543-South, Washington, DC 20250; Fax: (202) 690-0338.

The deadline for comments is July 3, 2018.

The proposed rule previewed in the May 3, Federal Register.

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Montana Ag by the Numbers

In a state where cattle outnumber people, agriculture is our business. In fact, it is Montana’s number one industry and growing.

$4.4

Billion Industry

28,008

Farms & Ranches

59.7

Million Acres

1

State Rank in
Organic Wheat
Production