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New Vertebrate Pest Bulletin: Living with Montana's Snakes

Info on Montana's snakes, how to identify them, and snake control

New Vertebrate Pest Bulletin: Living with Montana's Snakes

Click here to view/download Living with Montana's Snakes, the new Vertebrate Pest Bulletin from Montana Department of Agriculture Vertebrate Pest Specialist Stephen Vantassel, and click here to visit the Vertebrate Pests page for more bulletins and info about the Department's Vertebrate Pest Program.

From USDA: National Organic Program Seeks Input on Upcoming Enforcement Rulemaking through Interactive Webinar

Webinar Tuesday, July 17, 2018, from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

From USDA: National Organic Program Seeks Input on Upcoming Enforcement Rulemaking through Interactive Webinar

On Tuesday, July 17, 2018, from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (Eastern Time), the National Organic Program (NOP) will host an interactive webinar engaging the organic community about NOP’s upcoming Strengthening Organic Enforcement rulemaking. To participate, access the meeting website: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/3lysp7ou67ay&eom

Public Meeting Notice: Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council Meeting Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The meeting will be held at the Comfort Inn in Shelby

Public Meeting Notice:  Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council Meeting Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Helena, Mont. – The Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council will meet from 1:00-4:00 pm on Wednesday, July 11th, in Shelby at the Comfort Inn (455 McKinley Ave.). A draft agenda for the meeting can be found here.

Lt. Governor Cooney to kick off Capitol Square Farmers Market

Market officially starts 6/12 and will run 2:30-6:30 every Tuesday

Lt. Governor Cooney to kick off Capitol Square Farmers Market

Helena, Mont. – Visitors to the State Capitol, state employees and local food lovers now have another opportunity to pick up fresh, local produce, Made in Montana products, and other goods during the week. The Capitol Square Farmers Market, sponsored by St. Peter’s Health and Allegiance Benefit Plan Management, will officially kick off it’s second season Tuesday June 12th from 2:30-6:30 pm in the Capitol south oval parking lot. Lt. Governor Mike Cooney will help kick things off by distributing reusable grocery bags to the first 50 attendees.

Producers Reminded to get Coverage Through State Hail Insurance Program

Electronic Forms and Applications Available at hail.mt.gov

Producers Reminded to get Coverage Through State Hail Insurance Program

Helena, Mont. – With hailstorms picking up throughout the state, the Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) is reminding producers to get covered through the State Hail Insurance Program. Montana producers can conveniently access and fill out applications for state hail insurance online by going to www.hail.mt.gov

MDA Employee Honored for Volunteer Work in Africa

Winrock International recently announced that Jolene Warnke-Roszel, Pesticide Training & Development Specialist, was selected as a recipient of their President’s Volunteer Service Award

MDA Employee Honored for Volunteer Work in Africa

Helena, Mont. – The NGO Winrock International recently announced that Jolene Warnke-Roszel, Pesticide Training & Development Specialist with the Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA), was selected as a recipient of their President’s Volunteer Service Award. Warnke-Roszel was selected for the award based on her volunteer work in Nigeria, where she conducted pesticide safety certification classes.

USDA Resumes Continuous Conservation Reserve Program Enrollment

One-Year Extension Available to Holders of Many Expiring Contracts through Continuous Signup

USDA Resumes Continuous Conservation Reserve Program Enrollment

WASHINGTON, June 1, 2018 – As part of a 33-year effort to protect sensitive lands and improve water quality and wildlife habitat on private lands, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will resume accepting applications for the voluntary Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). Eligible farmers, ranchers, and private landowners can sign up at their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) office between June 4 and Aug. 17, 2018.

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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