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14 August 2017
Cherry Industry Set to Meet in Polson

Cherry Industry Set to Meet in Polson

Polson, Mont. – The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) and the Montana Cherry Advisory Committee will be hosting the Montana Cherry Symposium at the Kwa Tuq Nuk Resort in Polson on Thursday, September 14, 2017. The symposium will bring together cherry industry experts, and producers for a day packed with education on growing famous Flathead cherries. The symposium is sponsored by Flathead Lake Cherry Growers, Glacier Fresh Cherries, Monson Fruit Company ,Westland Seed, Fat Robin Orchard, and Domex Superfresh Growers.

08 August 2017
Montana Producers eligible for hay lottery

Montana Producers eligible for hay lottery

Helena, Mont. – Producers in Montana affected by drought and fire are now eligible to participate in the first ever hay lottery. Ag Community Relief, is organizing a large-scale hay donation convoy to North Dakota to aid producers in North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana. The first convoy of hay will be delivered in mid-August but more deliveries could arrive as the group continues to fundraise and seek donations and volunteers. The donated hay will be delivered to North Dakota State University (NDSU) in Fargo, N.D. Any other individuals or organizations willing to donate hay or trucking for the hay lottery should call the North Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Drought Hotline at 701-425-8454.

02 August 2017

Hay haulers needed for donated hay

Helena, Mont. – Hay donations throughout the state and country have continued to pour in as producers assess damage and recover from the fire and drought conditions in Eastern Montana. Now, hay haulers are needed to help get these donations to Eastern Montana. There is currently a significant need to haul donated hay from Western Montana.

28 July 2017
MDA launches Agriculture Fire & Drought Assistance Hotline

MDA launches Agriculture Fire & Drought Assistance Hotline

Helena, Mont. – As drought conditions worsen and fires burn throughout the state, the Montana Department of Agriculture has launched the Agriculture Fire and Drought Assistance Hotline. The hotline will serve as a tool to help connect those affected to available resources, programs and donations, as well as to provide information on how others can help. Questions related to hay/feed donations, livestock, fencing, and transportation can be directed to the hotline. The hotline number is 1-844-515-1571 and the line will be staffed 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday. 

Click here for more resources, programs and links to assist those affected by fire and drought.

13 July 2017
2017-2018 Pesticide Training Schedule

2017-2018 Pesticide Training Schedule

Click here to view/download the 2017-2018 Pesticide Training Schedule Newsletter (.pdf format), including dates, registration requirements, fees, legislative changes, and much more, and visit the Pesticide Applicator Training page for additional information.
19 June 2017

Changes to the Nursery Licensing Program Fee Structure

The 2017 Legislature has made changes to the Department of Agriculture's Nursery Licensing Program's license fee structure. Please see the chart below to determine what license category pertains to your business:

  • Not more than $5,000 gross annual sales of nursery stock: $25 license fee 
  • $5,001 to $75,000 gross annual sales of nursery stock: $135 license fee 
  • $75,001 to $150,000 gross annual sales of nursery stock: $200 license fee 
  • $150,001 to $250,000 gross annual sales of nursery stock: $300 license fee 
  • Over $250,000: $300 license fee
  • Landscape Service: $150
  • Sod Farmer: $220
31 May 2017
Ag Development Council extends GTA program deadline

Ag Development Council extends GTA program deadline

Helena, Mont. – The Agriculture Development Council met last week and voted to extend the deadline for the popular Growth Through Agriculture (GTA) program, from September 15, 2017 to November 15, 2017. The deadline was extended to allow more time for producers to apply for funding.

22 May 2017
Gov. Bullock Signs Bills Advancing Montana’s Pulse Industry

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.
05 May 2017
House Bill 126  Increases Fees for Pesticide Program Licenses and Products

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.

05 April 2017
MDA awards over $1.6 million in Noxious Weed Trust Fund Grants

MDA awards over $1.6 million in Noxious Weed Trust Fund Grants

Helena, Mont. - Counties, conservation districts, local communities, tribes, researchers and educators across Montana will have more resources in the battle against noxious weeds after the Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) awarded over $1.6 million in grants from the Noxious Weed Trust Fund.

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