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Technical Assistance Session for Specialty Crop Block Grant Applications

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Technical Assistance Session for Specialty Crop Block Grant Applications

On Wednesday, February 1, 2017, the Montana Department of Agriculture will host an online Technical Assistance session for those interested in applying for a Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG).

The session is available through the online meeeting service GoToMeeting using the following information:

Wednesday Feb 1, 2017 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM MST
Join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/369707133
You can also dial in using your phone:
United States (Toll-free): 1 877 309 2073
Access code: 369-707-133

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Open Q&A Session for Specialty Crop Block Grant Applications

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Open Q&A Session for Specialty Crop Block Grant Applications

On Wednesday, February 15, 2017, the Montana Department of Agriculture will host an online Question and Answer session for those interested in applying for a Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG).

The session is available through the online meeeting service GoToMeeting using the following information:

Wednesday Feb 15, 2017 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM MST
Join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/385980685
You can also dial in using your phone:
United States (Toll-free): 1 877 309 2073
Access code: 385-980-685

Documents to download

Montana Department of Agriculture requesting Specialty Crop Block Grant Applications

Nearly $1.3 million in funding available for Montana agriculture

Montana Department of Agriculture requesting Specialty Crop Block Grant Applications

Helena, Mont. - The Montana Department of Agriculture is now accepting applications for an estimated $1.3 million in federal funding available through the Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG) program. This competitive grant program is designed to expand markets for Montana specialty crops. 

State Grain Lab Returns to Priority Service

Backlog of 2016 harvest samples finished

State Grain Lab Returns to Priority Service

Great Falls, Mont. – Montana State Grain Lab inspectors have finished grading the backlog of samples from the 2016 harvest and the lab has returned to priority service. A higher number of samples coupled with staffing challenges made 2016 a busy year for the lab.

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EPA announces preliminary rule changes affecting MT pesticide applicators

EPA announces preliminary rule changes affecting MT pesticide applicators

Helena, Mont. – On December 12, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator signed the Federal Register document titled, Pesticides: Certification of Pesticide Applicators (RIN 2070-AJ20). The final action will update requirements for state programs and for applicators obtaining licenses and permits. Many states already have in place some of the stronger requirements of today’s action, including Montana.

Documents to download

  • Press Release: EPA announces preliminary rule changes affecting MT pesticide applicators(.pdf, 132.17 KB) - 566 download(s) On December 12, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator signed the Federal Register document titled, Pesticides: Certification of Pesticide Applicators (RIN 2070-AJ20). The final action will update requirements for state programs and for applicators obtaining licenses and permits. Many states already have in place some of the stronger requirements of today’s action, including Montana.
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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