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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
22 May 2018
MDA Seeking Pest Information from Lentil Growers

MDA Seeking Pest Information from Lentil Growers

Helena, Mont. – The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) is seeking to gather information from lentil growers who have, are or will be suffering damage from vertebrate pests. As part of the MDA’s vertebrate pest program, Department staff gathers information and photos related to certain pests and the damages they cause to certain crops. This information helps the Department develop training materials, which in turn are used to educate producers to help them more easily identify and manage vertebrate pests.

22 May 2018
Now Hiring for Plant Pest Field Technician - Short-Term Worker

Now Hiring for Plant Pest Field Technician - Short-Term Worker

Click here for full position details, or visit the Employment page for more info and other job openings with the Montana Department of Agriculture.

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.

15 May 2018
Now Hiring for Agricultural Technician in Plentywood

Now Hiring for Agricultural Technician in Plentywood

Click here for full position details, or visit the Employment page for more info and other job openings with the Montana Department of Agriculture.

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.  

05 May 2018
USDA Seeks Comments on Proposed Rule for National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard

USDA Seeks Comments on Proposed Rule for National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard

WASHINGTON, May 3, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture today invited public comment on the proposed rule to establish the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard mandated by Congress in 2016. The standard will provide a uniform way to offer meaningful disclosure for consumers who want more information about their food and avoid a patchwork system of state or private labels that could be confusing for consumers and would likely drive up food costs.

Comments may be submitted online through the Federal eRulemaking portal www.regulations.gov. Comments may also be filed with the Docket Clerk, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Room 4543-South, Washington, DC 20250; Fax: (202) 690-0338.

The deadline for comments is July 3, 2018.

The proposed rule previewed in the May 3, Federal Register.

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.

30 April 2018
Springtime Farmers Markets

Springtime Farmers Markets

Farmer's markets play a valuable role in promoting healthy communities in Montana. Find the most up-to-date information about market locations for the 2018 season at the Abundant Montana Directory, or visit our Farmer's Markets page for more info.

There are also great market listings available on the Montana Department of Commerce VisitMT.com site.

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

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