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Request for Proposals: Montana Pulse Market Development Grant Program

Proposals due by March 1st, 2018

Request for Proposals: Montana Pulse Market Development Grant Program

Research proposals sought by Alfalfa Seed Committee

Proposals due February 2, 2018

Research proposals sought by Alfalfa Seed Committee

Helena, Mont. – The Montana Alfalfa Seed Committee is seeking proposals for demonstration projects, applied research, and market development projects designed to address needs and opportunities for Montana’s alfalfa seed industry. Proposals are due February 2, 2018.

MDA hiring Central Services Division Administrator

MDA hiring Central Services Division Administrator

Helena, Mont. – The Montana Department of Agriculture is currently accepting applications for the position of Central Services Division Administrator.

Click here for the full job posting on the State of Montana jobs website.

 

Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council Business Meeting

January 9, 2018 in Great Falls

Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council Business Meeting

Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council Business Meeting 
Date: January 9, 2018
Where: Great Falls, MT
Time: 10:00 a.m - 1:30 p.m.
Place: Best Western Heritage Inn

Requesting Specialty Crop Block Grant Applications

Over $1 million in funding available for Montana agriculture, proposals due by Feb. 15, 2018

Requesting Specialty Crop Block Grant Applications

Helena, Mont. - The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) is now accepting applications for an estimated $1.2 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.

Certified Forage Tidbits

Seasonal Summary of the Montana Noxious Weed Seed Free Forage Program

Certified Forage Tidbits

After each growing season, the Noxious Weed Seed Free Forage (NWSFF) Program analyzes the number of acres inspected by field inspectors. The graph shows the season end summary for three years. This summer had a significant de-crease in straw acres inspected; one possible reason for fewer acres of certified straw produced may be the increased need of feed for cattle operations due to the extreme fire season Montana experienced. Two other decreases this year: new pro-ducers and total producer participa-tion. In 2016 there were 40 new pro-ducers and 191 producers participat-ing in the NWSFF Program.

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MDA hiring Marketing Intern for May - August 2018

Work will focus on the Grown in Montana Store at the Great Falls State Fair, The Montana Food Show in Bozeman, and the Capitol Square Farmers Market in Helena

MDA hiring Marketing Intern for May - August 2018

Helena, Mont. –We are looking for a marketing intern from May-August 2018. S/He will work on the Grown in Montana Store at the Great Falls State Fair, The Montana Food Show in Bozeman, and the Capitol Square Farmers Market in Helena. Candidates can be current or former college students and/or adults with appropriate skills who are seeking experience working in agricultural marketing.

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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