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14 February 2018
Produce Safety Alliance Grower Trainings

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Trainings

Do you grow, harvest, pack or hold fruits and vegetables? Do you want to learn more about produce safety practices and the FSMA Produce Safety Rule? Attend an upcoming training! 

Click here for complete list of training dates, locations, and for links to register online.

13 February 2018
2018 Noxious Weed Trust Fund Grant Hearings

2018 Noxious Weed Trust Fund Grant Hearings

The Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council will hold the 2018 Noxious Weed Trust Fund Grant Hearings March 5 to March 9 at the Wingate of Helena, 2007 N Oakes. 

Click here for more information on the Noxious Weed Trust Fund Grant Program, and click here for a full agenda for the 2018 hearings.

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

10 January 2018
MDA Awarded USDA Quality Samples Program Grant for Beef Genetics

MDA Awarded USDA Quality Samples Program Grant for Beef Genetics

Helena, Mont. – The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) has been awarded $52,158 from USDA’s Quality Samples Program (QSP) to further develop the market for U.S. beef genetics in Nicaragua. Through January 2020, MDA will use the funds to send semen and embryos from Montana ranches to Nicaragua.

08 January 2018
Request for Proposals: Montana Pulse Market Development Grant Program
05 January 2018
Research proposals sought by Alfalfa Seed Committee

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.

15 December 2017
Requesting Specialty Crop Block Grant Applications

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.

12 December 2017
Certified Forage Tidbits

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.

Click here to view/download the complete Tidbits newsletter (PDF format).

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.

27 October 2017
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.

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