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22 May 2018
Public Notice: Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council Business Meeting on July 11

Public Notice: Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council Business Meeting on July 11

Click here for the draft meeting agenda. Meeting details:

  • Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council Business Meeting
  • July 11, 2018
  • 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Location - Comfort Inn, 455 McKinley Ave., Shelby, M
20 May 2018
Executive Order: Temporarily Exempting Certain Carriers from Hours of Service Regulations to Help Meet Fertilizer Delivery Demands

Executive Order: Temporarily Exempting Certain Carriers from Hours of Service Regulations to Help Meet Fertilizer Delivery Demands

Important news for Montana's ag industry: Governor Bullock has issued an executive order exempting certain carriers from hours of service regulations to help meet fertilizer delivery demands. Click here for the full executive order.

08 May 2018
State Hail Insurance Staff to Hold Meetings Throughout Montana

State Hail Insurance Staff to Hold Meetings Throughout Montana

Helena, Mont. – While we are currently dealing with the fits and starts of springtime in Montana, its important to remember that hail season is right around the corner. Staff from the Montana Hail Insurance program will soon be visiting communities throughout Montana to sell policies and educate producers on the program.  

02 May 2018
From USDA: Proposed Changes to the National List for Organic Livestock and Handling

From USDA: Proposed Changes to the National List for Organic Livestock and Handling

On April 27, 2018, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service published a proposed rule in the Federal Register to amend the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) based on public input and the National Organic Standards Board’s (NOSB) November 2017 recommendations for livestock and handling.

The 60-day public comment period closes on June 29, 2018. Access the proposed rule (click here) for more information on how to submit comments.

13 April 2018
Hail Program Spring Outreach Events in May

Hail Program Spring Outreach Events in May

Staff from the State Hail Program will be visiting areas of the state this spring. We will be available to sell you a current hail policy and to answer any questions or concerns Montana producers have about the Hail Program.

Visit us in these locations:

  • Conrad, Montana on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 from 10:00 am until 12 noon.  We will be at the Pondera County Courthouse in the EOC conference room.
  • Lewistown, Montana on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 from 5:00 pm until 7:00 pm.  We will be at the Yogo Inn, Kendall Room.
  • Circle, Montana on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 from 11:00 am until 1:00 pm.  We will be at the McCone County Fairgrounds, in the Kitchen building.

We look forward to seeing you and serving you close to home.

Jana S Mertens
Technician
Montana Department of Agriculture

04 April 2018
2018 Fee, Rate Updates for State Grain Lab, Hail Insurance

2018 Fee, Rate Updates for State Grain Lab, Hail Insurance

Fees for the State Grain Lab have been updated for 2018. New rates are effective as of April 2, 2018. Click here for the complete Fee Schedule, or visit the Grain Lab page for more info.

2018 Hail Insurance rates are also available now - click here for 2018 Hail Insurance rates by county, or visit the Hail Insurance page for more info.

 

28 March 2018
MDA Announces Noxious Weed Trust Fund Grant Awards

MDA Announces Noxious Weed Trust Fund Grant Awards

Helena, Mont. - The Montana Department of Agriculture and Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council has awarded over $1.74 million for the development and implementation of noxious weed management programs in March 2018. The grants assist counties, conservation districts, local communities, tribes, researchers and educators in efforts to combat noxious weeds in Montana. 

18 January 2018
MDA Accepting Petitions for New Noxious Weed Listings

MDA Accepting Petitions for New Noxious Weed Listings

Helena, Mont. - The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) is now accepting petitions for new plants to be added to the Montana Noxious Weed List. Interested parties who feel that a plant should be listed as a noxious weed in Montana can fill out a petition form (found at agr.mt.gov/weeds) and send it to Dave Burch at dburch@mt.gov

07 December 2017
Montana Cherry Growers Vote to Eliminate Checkoff Program

Montana Cherry Growers Vote to Eliminate Checkoff Program

Helena, Mont. –  Montana cherry growers have voted to eliminate the Montana Cherry Research & Market Development Program. The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) will now take the necessary steps to eliminate the checkoff program.

28 September 2017
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