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05 May 2017
House Bill 126  Increases Fees for Pesticide Program Licenses and Products

House Bill 126 Increases Fees for Pesticide Program Licenses and Products

The Governor has signed HB 126 which includes fee increases for pesticide program licenses and products, effective now. The department has begun to implement the fee changes and will continue to do so over the next several days.

04 May 2017
2017 Montana Farmers Market Guide Available Online

2017 Montana Farmers Market Guide Available Online

Helena, Mont. – As Montana thaws out and Spring comes into full swing, 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 2017 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.

20 April 2017
Montana Department of Agriculture Selected as National Farm to School Network Montana Partner

Montana Department of Agriculture Selected as National Farm to School Network Montana Partner

Helena, Mont. – The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) has been selected as a 2017-2019 National Farm to School Network Montana Supporting Partner, providing new opportunities to expand efforts to connect children to local food, school gardens and food and agriculture education in Montana.

19 April 2017
MDA & USDA remind Montanans of Dangers of Invasive Pests

MDA & USDA remind Montanans of Dangers of Invasive Pests

Helena, Mont. – The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) are reminding Montanans about the dangers of invasive pests during the month of April, which has been designated as “Invasive Plant Pest and Disease Awareness Month.” Each year, harmful invasive plant pests and diseases cost the United States about $40 billion in crop losses, damage to forests and vulnerable ecosystems, and expensive eradication and control efforts.

14 April 2017
Montana Ag Facts update from NASS

Montana Ag Facts update from NASS

Check out MDA's Ag Facts page to view the latest Montana info and data from the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) and learn more about the impact of ag in the Treasure State.
12 April 2017
Montana Department of Agriculture & Montana Wheat and Barley Committee set to visit Japan

Montana Department of Agriculture & Montana Wheat and Barley Committee set to visit Japan

Helena, Mont. – Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) Director Ben Thomas and Montana Wheat and Barley Committee (MWBC) Executive Vice President Collin Watters are set to visit Japan April 14-20. The trip will involve visits with several millers and government officials and will demonstrate the value Montana places on the trade relationship while also highlighting the state’s willingness to build on the outstanding, long-term business relationship. The group will also celebrate the 35th anniversary of the sister-state relationship with Montana and Kumamoto.

05 April 2017
MDA awards over $1.6 million in Noxious Weed Trust Fund Grants

MDA awards over $1.6 million in Noxious Weed Trust Fund Grants

Helena, Mont. - Counties, conservation districts, local communities, tribes, researchers and educators across Montana will have more resources in the battle against noxious weeds after the Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) awarded over $1.6 million in grants from the Noxious Weed Trust Fund.

03 April 2017
Waste Pesticide Disposal Program: 2017 dates and locations

Waste Pesticide Disposal Program: 2017 dates and locations

In 2017, the waste pesticide disposal program will occur in District 1, the western third of Montana. Collections will be held the week of September 19-22.

Collection Schedule:

  • September 19, 2017 - Kalispell, MT
  • September 20, 2017 - Missoula, MT
  • September 21, 2017 - Helena, MT
  • September 22, 2017 - Dillon, MT

Read on for details.

28 March 2017
Montana Department of Agriculture releases 2017 edition of Grown in Montana: Farming and Ranching Under the Big Sky

Montana Department of Agriculture releases 2017 edition of Grown in Montana: Farming and Ranching Under the Big Sky

Helena, Mont. – The 2017 edition of Grown in Montana: Farming and Ranching Under the Big Sky is now available. The magazine highlights Montana’s agriculture industry and the people who power it. From the continued growth of Montana’s value-added sector, to the state’s flourishing distilleries, to the challenges of estate and succession planning, the magazine covers numerous topics related to Montana agriculture.

22 March 2017
Agriculture: The backbone of Montana's Economy
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