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Montana Pulse Producer
Assessment Survey


On behalf of the Montana Pulse Advisory Committee, the Montana Department of Agriculture is conducting a survey to gauge whether Montana producers are interested in raising their Pulse Checkoff (“assessment”) by one-half percent. Producers, please download and return your completed survey by June 2, 2017. Your answers will remain confidential. Thank you for your time and assistance.

Pulse crop production has grown in significance in Montana, which became the leading lentil producing state in 2010. Acreage of pulse crops more than tripled between 2009 and 2011. Pea, lentil and chickpea crops provide additional revenue for farmers and fix nitrogen that can be used to boost grain crops following pulse crops in a rotation.

The Montana Pulse Crop Research & Market Development Program was created by a vote of pea, lentil and chickpea producers following a process outlined in the Agricultural Commodity Research and Market Development Enabling Act (MCA 80-11-5).

The Pulse Crop Research & Market Development Program is administered by the Montana Department of Agriculture, which receives advice from the six-member Montana Pulse Crop Advisory Committee. The committee invites proposals to fund research and market development projects to address Montana's pulse industry needs and opportunities.

Visit the Pulse Crops page for more information on the benefits of pulse crops and the pulse industry in Montana.

Montana Pulse Advisory Committee

Board Members

Name Contact Info Term End Qualifications
Ben Thomas, Director Dept. of Agriculture
PO Box 200201
Helena, MT 49620
  Agriculture Director, Statutory Appointment
Kim Murray 4210 Road 1031
Froid, MT 59226
2/1/2018 Producer
Paul Kanning, Vice-Chair Mail Route Road
Flaxville, MT 59222
2/1/2020 Producer
Jillien Streit PO Box 465
Chester, MT 59522
2/1/2020 Producer
Roger Sammons 4 Sammons Drive
Cut Bank, MT 59427
2/1/2019 Marketing
Ryan Bogar, Chair 153 East Road Vida
Vida, MT 59274
2/1/2018 Producer

Pulse Program News

Montana Hay Hotline Available for Producers Affected by Drought

Listings of Hay for Sale Online

Montana Hay Hotline Available for Producers Affected by Drought
Helena, Mont. – With the severe drought conditions affecting many throughout the state, the Montana Department of Agriculture wants to remind folks that the Hay Hotline is available to producers as an online tool to connect buyers and sellers of hay and pasture.

Ag Development Council extends GTA program deadline

Deadline extended to November 15, 2017

Ag Development Council extends GTA program deadline

Helena, Mont. – The Agriculture Development Council met last week and voted to extend the deadline for the popular Growth Through Agriculture (GTA) program, from September 15, 2017 to November 15, 2017. The deadline was extended to allow more time for producers to apply for funding.

Gov. Bullock Signs Bills Advancing Montana’s Pulse Industry

Montana Leads Nation in Pulse Production

Gov. Bullock Signs Bills Advancing Montana’s Pulse Industry
Helena, Mont. – As Montana cements its status as the nation’s leader in pulse production, a duo of bills signed recently by Governor Bullock aim to advance the burgeoning sector of Montana’s ag economy. HB 614 and SB 285 will incentivize growth in pulse-processing infrastructure throughout the state and give more structure to the state’s pulse checkoff program. Montana leads the nation in pulse production, with over 1 million acres planted in 2016. Pulses (peas, chickpeas, beans and lentils) are a versatile crop that promote biodiversity, improve soil health and generate income from local and global markets.


Treston Vermandel
Eastern Business Development Specialist

Phone : (406) 860-7480
Phone : (406) 444-2402
E-mail :
Fax : (406) 444-9442


Pulse Crop Research & Market Development Forms & Files

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