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25 May 2018
Farmers Market Season Kicks Off Across Montana

Farmers Market Season Kicks Off Across Montana

Helena, Mont. – With Spring weather throughout Montana kicking into high gear, farmers and ranchers are offering fresh, local produce, meats, and value-added foods at Farmers Markets throughout the state. Over 70 Farmers Markets are registered with the Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) for the 2018 season and a directory is available online at farmersmarkets.mt.gov. Montana Farmers Markets are community events that are well attended by locals and tourists alike, as many markets host food trucks, activities for kids and families, and craft vendors in addition to local agriculture stands.

24 May 2018
Public Meeting Notice: Montana Pulse Crop Committee Meeting Wednesday, May 30th

Public Meeting Notice: Montana Pulse Crop Committee Meeting Wednesday, May 30th

Helena, Mont. – The Montana Pulse Crop Committee will meet at 10:00 am on Wednesday, May 30th via conference call. Those wishing to join by phone can join the meeting by dialing (406) 444-4647 and using access code 675894. Those unable to join via their own phone are invited to sit in on the call at the Montana Department of Agriculture (302 N. Roberts) in Conference Room 225.

The Montana Department of Agriculture’s mission is to protect producers and consumers, and to enhance and develop agriculture and allied industries. 

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.

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