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10 April 2018
New Interactive Map of 2018 Noxious Weed Trust Fund Grant Recipients

New Interactive Map of 2018 Noxious Weed Trust Fund Grant Recipients

View locations and information about projects that were awarded 2018 Noxious Weed Trust Fund grants on this new interactive GIS map at http://arcg.is/15mPCP.

Click here to open the map, and visit the Noxious Weed Trust Fund Grants page for more information about the program, including application info.

04 April 2018
2018 Fee, Rate Updates for State Grain Lab, Hail Insurance

2018 Fee, Rate Updates for State Grain Lab, Hail Insurance

Fees for the State Grain Lab have been updated for 2018. New rates are effective as of April 2, 2018. Click here for the complete Fee Schedule, or visit the Grain Lab page for more info.

2018 Hail Insurance rates are also available now - click here for 2018 Hail Insurance rates by county, or visit the Hail Insurance page for more info.

 

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

18 January 2018
MDA Accepting Petitions for New Noxious Weed Listings

MDA Accepting Petitions for New Noxious Weed Listings

Helena, Mont. - The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) is now accepting petitions for new plants to be added to the Montana Noxious Weed List. Interested parties who feel that a plant should be listed as a noxious weed in Montana can fill out a petition form (found at agr.mt.gov/weeds) and send it to Dave Burch at dburch@mt.gov

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.

12 December 2017
Certified Forage Tidbits

Certified Forage Tidbits

After each growing season, the Noxious Weed Seed Free Forage (NWSFF) Program analyzes the number of acres inspected by field inspectors. The graph shows the season end summary for three years. This summer had a significant de-crease in straw acres inspected; one possible reason for fewer acres of certified straw produced may be the increased need of feed for cattle operations due to the extreme fire season Montana experienced. Two other decreases this year: new pro-ducers and total producer participa-tion. In 2016 there were 40 new pro-ducers and 191 producers participat-ing in the NWSFF Program.

Click here to view/download the complete Tidbits newsletter (PDF format).

07 December 2017
Montana Cherry Growers Vote to Eliminate Checkoff Program

Montana Cherry Growers Vote to Eliminate Checkoff Program

Helena, Mont. –  Montana cherry growers have voted to eliminate the Montana Cherry Research & Market Development Program. The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) will now take the necessary steps to eliminate the checkoff program.

27 October 2017
MDA Director Thomas Joins Fellow North American State & Provincial Agriculture Officials for Trade Talks

MDA Director Thomas Joins Fellow North American State & Provincial Agriculture Officials for Trade Talks

Helena, Mont. – Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) Director Ben Thomas joined state and provincial counterparts from the United States, Mexico and Canada last week to stress the necessity of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) for agriculture and to call on their respective federal governments to ensure a modernized NAFTA does not harm agriculture. North American state and provincial agriculture officials gathered last week in Denver, Colo. for the 26th annual Tri-National Agricultural Accord. The Tri-National Agricultural Accord represents a longstanding commitment among the senior state and provincial agricultural officials of North America to work together collaboratively on agricultural trade and development issues.

20 October 2017

From the Great Falls Tribune: Ag program seeds producers' futures with innovation, creativity

Montana has deep roots in agriculture, and an organization, Growth Through Agriculture, is looking to sprout new ways to help farmers forge new paths for a productive and diverse future. 

Click here to read the full article on the Great Falls Tribune website.

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