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21 June 2018
Waste Pesticide Disposal Collections in Central Montana September 2018

Waste Pesticide Disposal Collections in Central Montana September 2018

The Montana Department of Agriculture’s annual Pesticide Waste Disposal collections will be held in several locations across central Montana during September:

  • September 18, 2018 in Havre
  • September 19,2018  in Great Falls
  • September 20, 2018  in Bozeman 
  • September 21, 2018  in Columbus​

Visit the Pesticide Waste Disposal Program page for more info, or click here to register online

20 June 2018
Public Meeting Notice:  Montana Pulse Crop Committee Meeting Monday, June 25th

Public Meeting Notice: Montana Pulse Crop Committee Meeting Monday, June 25th

Public Meeting Notice:  Montana Pulse Crop Committee Meeting Monday, June 25th

Helena, Mont. – The Montana Pulse Crop Committee will meet at 9:00 am on Monday, June 25th in Glasgow at the Cottonwood Inn & Suites (54250 US Hwy 2).

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

CONTACT:

Z.Coccoli@mt.gov, MT Dept. of Agriculture, (406) 444-0132, 

11 June 2018
Lt. Governor Cooney to kick off Capitol Square Farmers Market

Lt. Governor Cooney to kick off Capitol Square Farmers Market

Helena, Mont. – Visitors to the State Capitol, state employees and local food lovers now have another opportunity to pick up fresh, local produce, Made in Montana products, and other goods during the week. The Capitol Square Farmers Market, sponsored by St. Peter’s Health and Allegiance Benefit Plan Management, will officially kick off it’s second season Tuesday June 12th from 2:30-6:30 pm in the Capitol south oval parking lot. Lt. Governor Mike Cooney will help kick things off by distributing reusable grocery bags to the first 50 attendees.

30 May 2018
Capitol Square Farmers Market begins 2nd Season

Capitol Square Farmers Market begins 2nd Season

Helena, Mont. – Visitors to the State Capitol, state employees and local food lovers will again have the opportunity to pick up fresh, local produce, Made in Montana products, and other goods during the week. The Capitol Square Farmers Market, sponsored by St. Peter’s Health and Allegiance Benefit Plan Management, will launch its second season on Tuesday June 5th from 2:30-6:30 pm. The Capitol Square Farmer’s Market is put on in partnership with the Montana Departments of Agriculture and Administration.

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.

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.

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.

28 March 2018
MDA Announces Noxious Weed Trust Fund Grant Awards

MDA Announces Noxious Weed Trust Fund Grant Awards

Helena, Mont. - The Montana Department of Agriculture and Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council has awarded over $1.74 million for the development and implementation of noxious weed management programs in March 2018. The grants assist counties, conservation districts, local communities, tribes, researchers and educators in efforts to combat noxious weeds in Montana. 

22 February 2018
Produce Safety Rule technical assistance available to farmers

Produce Safety Rule technical assistance available to farmers

Hello Montana Growers!

The FDA’s Produce Safety Rule is in place (and was adopted by the Montana legislature) and is being implemented. The Montana Department of Agriculture has received a grant to provide support and technical assistance regarding produce safety to farmers. Food safety regulations are changing, and we want to ensure you have the information you need to be successful.

In coming weeks, we will be conducting brief phone calls to gain a better understanding of the number and scale of produce growers in the state. If you would rather submit your information through an online form, please go to www.foodsafety.mt.gov and click on “Submit Info for the Food Safety Modernization Act Inventory”, or, if you are unsure if the Produce Safety Act applies to you and your farm, click on "Determine if the Produce Safety Rule Applies to You" to answer a few questions and automatically see if you are exempt or if the law applies to you.

If you have questions, please call 406-444-0131 or email foodsafety@mt.gov.

Thank you from the Montana Department of Agriculture Food Safety Program

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.

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