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23 August 2017
Ag Mediation Program available from the Montana Department of Agriculture and USDA

Ag Mediation Program available from the Montana Department of Agriculture and USDA

Mediation is a process that helps disputing parties come together and have an open, honest and confidential discussion about the issues. A trained mediator helps the parties explore options that are available to them and find an end to the conflict through mutually agreed upon solutions. The mediator does not act as a judge, deciding who is right or wrong. The parties themselves control the result of the mediation and any agreement that is developed. Mediation is another tool to help agricultural producers and natural resource managers make wise decisions.
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.

11 August 2017
Job Opening - Agricultural Sciences Division Administrator

Job Opening - Agricultural Sciences Division Administrator

The Department of Agriculture is seeking an Administrator for our Agricultural Sciences Division. Click here for full position details, and visit our Employment page to view all currently open positions.
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.

27 July 2017
Grown in Montana Store kicks off at Montana State Fair

Grown in Montana Store kicks off at Montana State Fair

Great Falls, Mont.—The Montana Department of Agriculture will host the Grown in Montana Store at the Montana State Fair in Great Falls, July 28th through August 5th. The Grown in Montana Store will showcase value-added agriculture products that are grown in Montana and processed by Montana businesses. Nearly 20 Montana companies from all corners of the state will have products available for purchase.

21 July 2017
New Montana Apples Website supported by a Specialty Crop Block Grant

New Montana Apples Website supported by a Specialty Crop Block Grant

Take a look at the new Montana Apples website, supported by a Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG) from the Montana Department of Agriculture.
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.
27 June 2017
Producers Reminded to Sign Up to Receive 2017 Census of Agriculture

Producers Reminded to Sign Up to Receive 2017 Census of Agriculture

Helena, Mont. – Producers throughout Montana are being reminded to sign up to participate in the 2017 Census of Agriculture. New producers or those who did not receive a Census of Agriculture in 2012 can sign up to receive the 2017 Census of Agriculture report by clicking here and signing up by June 30th, 2017. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) defines a farm as any place from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products were produced and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the census year (2017).

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