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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, 

19 June 2018
From USDA: National Organic Program Seeks Input on Upcoming Enforcement Rulemaking through Interactive Webinar

From USDA: National Organic Program Seeks Input on Upcoming Enforcement Rulemaking through Interactive Webinar

On Tuesday, July 17, 2018, from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (Eastern Time), the National Organic Program (NOP) will host an interactive webinar engaging the organic community about NOP’s upcoming Strengthening Organic Enforcement rulemaking. To participate, access the meeting website: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/3lysp7ou67ay&eom

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.

07 June 2018
Producers Reminded to get Coverage Through State Hail Insurance Program

Producers Reminded to get Coverage Through State Hail Insurance Program

Helena, Mont. – With hailstorms picking up throughout the state, the Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) is reminding producers to get covered through the State Hail Insurance Program. Montana producers can conveniently access and fill out applications for state hail insurance online by going to www.hail.mt.gov

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.

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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