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Montana Cherry Growers to Receive Survey

Survey results will determine future of cherry checkoff

Montana Cherry Growers to Receive Survey

Helena, Mont. –  Montana’s cherry growers will have the opportunity to make their voice heard in the coming weeks. The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) is submitting a referendum to all known growers and producers of cherries in Montana to determine whether to continue the Montana Cherry Research & Market Development Program, commonly known as the cherry checkoff. Paper ballots will be mailed on Thursday, November 16, 2017 and must be returned via postage-paid envelope by Friday, December 1, 2017.

Meeting Notice: Hail Board, 2017 Crop Year Annual Report Available

November 29, 2017 at the Heritage Inn in Great Falls

Meeting Notice: Hail Board, 2017 Crop Year Annual Report Available

The State Hail Board will meet on November 29, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. at the Heritage Inn in Great Falls, MT. Click here for the meeting agenda. 

The Hail Insurance Program 2017 Crop Year Annual Report is also now available. Click here to view or download the report.

Meeting Notice: Agriculture Development Council - Growth Through Agriculture (GTA) Program

November 17, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. via Skype/Teleconference

Meeting Notice: Agriculture Development Council - Growth Through Agriculture (GTA) Program

The Agricultural Development Council will meet regarding the Growth Through Agriculture (GTA) Program on November 17, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. via Teleconference/Skype. Click here to view or download the draft agenda, which includes details to join the meeting on Skype or by calling in.

MDA Director Thomas Joins Fellow North American State & Provincial Agriculture Officials for Trade Talks

MDA Director Thomas Joins Fellow North American State & Provincial Agriculture Officials for Trade Talks

Helena, Mont. – Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) Director Ben Thomas joined state and provincial counterparts from the United States, Mexico and Canada last week to stress the necessity of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) for agriculture and to call on their respective federal governments to ensure a modernized NAFTA does not harm agriculture. North American state and provincial agriculture officials gathered last week in Denver, Colo. for the 26th annual Tri-National Agricultural Accord. The Tri-National Agricultural Accord represents a longstanding commitment among the senior state and provincial agricultural officials of North America to work together collaboratively on agricultural trade and development issues.

ServeMontana accepting nominations for inaugural Abby M. Zent Recognition

Recognition honors AmeriCorps VISTA alums dedicated to service, others

HELENA, MT- The Governor’s Office of Community Service, in partnership with Karen and Leroy Zent, is accepting nominations for the inaugural Abby M. Zent Recognition, the office announced today. 

From the Great Falls Tribune: Ag program seeds producers' futures with innovation, creativity

Montana has deep roots in agriculture, and an organization, Growth Through Agriculture, is looking to sprout new ways to help farmers forge new paths for a productive and diverse future. 

Click here to read the full article on the Great Falls Tribune website.

Montana Crunch Time is Tuesday, October 24th

Celebrate National Food Day and Farm to School Month by eating local apples

Montana Crunch Time is Tuesday, October 24th

Helena, Mont. – The Montana Department of Agriculture and Montana Office of Public Instruction are joining schools, community partners, and individuals across Montana in celebrating Food Day and National Farm to School Month by crunching into locally-grown apples on Tuesday, October 24th at 2:30 p.m. for Montana Crunch Time.

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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