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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
Kim Murray, Chair 4210 Road 1031
Froid, MT 59226
2/1/2018 Producer
Grant Zerbe, Vice-Chair HC 66 Box 71
Frazier, MT 59255
2/1/2017 Producer
Chad Doheny 2490 22nd Lane NE
Dutton, MT 59105
2/1/2017 Producer
Dustin Kreger P.O. Box 1969
Great Falls, MT 59403
2/1/2016 Marketing
Ryan Bogar 153 Vida East Road
Vida, MT 59274
2/1/2018 Producer
Jon Stoner P.O. Box 725
Havre, MT 59501
2/13/2016 Producer


Treston Vermandel
Eastern Business Development Specialist

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



Upcoming Pulse Advisory Committee Meetings

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Pulse Crop Research & Market Development Forms & Files

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