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Farm to School enriches the connection communities have with fresh, healthy food and local food producers by changing food purchasing and education practices at K-12 schools and preschools. Students gain access to healthy, local foods as well as education opportunities such as school gardens, cooking lessons and farm field trips. Farm to school empowers children and their families to make informed food choices while strengthening the local economy and contributing to vibrant communities. 40% of Montana school districts surveyed by USDA say they participate in farm to school activities.

Montana Farm to School is a collaboration between the Montana Office of Public Instruction, Montana Team Nutrition Program, Montana State University, and other partners.

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Local Farms, Local Kids: A Montana Farm to School Movie from the Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center

 

Montana Ag News

Gov. Bullock Signs Bills Advancing Montana’s Pulse Industry

Montana Leads Nation in Pulse Production

Gov. Bullock Signs Bills Advancing Montana’s Pulse Industry
Helena, Mont. – As Montana cements its status as the nation’s leader in pulse production, a duo of bills signed recently by Governor Bullock aim to advance the burgeoning sector of Montana’s ag economy. HB 614 and SB 285 will incentivize growth in pulse-processing infrastructure throughout the state and give more structure to the state’s pulse checkoff program. Montana leads the nation in pulse production, with over 1 million acres planted in 2016. Pulses (peas, chickpeas, beans and lentils) are a versatile crop that promote biodiversity, improve soil health and generate income from local and global markets.

Rodale Institute Veteran Farmer Training Program accepting applications

This program is a tailored, flexible, two-to-four month training in organic farming, that includes a stipend and housing allowance.

Rodale Institute Veteran Farmer Training Program accepting applications
The Rodale Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research and outreach, is now accepting application for their Veteran Farmer Training Program. Through the Veteran Farmer Training Program, Rodale Institute helps provide livelihoods to our returning veterans.

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Montana Pulse Growers to Receive Survey

Survey will ask growers about assessment rates

Montana Pulse Growers to Receive Survey

Helena, Mont. – As Spring transitions to Summer and we finish up planting and branding, pulse growers throughout Montana will have the opportunity to make their voice heard over the coming weeks. The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA), on behalf of the Montana Pulse Advisory Committee (MPAC), is mailing surveys to the state’s pulse growers to gauge interest in raising the assessment rate from 1% to 1.5% for all pulse commodities. Assessment funds are used to advance the industry through research, marketing and education.

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  • Montana Pulse Producer Assessment Survey(.pdf, 441.59 KB) - 866 download(s) The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA), on behalf of the Montana Pulse Advisory Committee (MPAC), is mailing surveys to the state’s pulse growers to gauge interest in raising the assessment rate from 1% to 1.5% for all pulse commodities. Assessment funds are used to advance the industry through research, marketing and education.

House Bill 126 Increases Fees for Pesticide Program Licenses and Products

New fees are effective now

House Bill 126  Increases Fees for Pesticide Program Licenses and Products

The Governor has signed HB 126 which includes fee increases for pesticide program licenses and products, effective now. The department has begun to implement the fee changes and will continue to do so over the next several days.