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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
agr@mt.gov
  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

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.

Montana Pulse Growers to Receive Survey

Survey will ask growers about assessment rates

Montana Pulse Growers to Receive Survey

Helena, Mont. – As Spring transitions to Summer and we finish up planting and branding, pulse growers throughout Montana will have the opportunity to make their voice heard over the coming weeks. The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA), on behalf of the Montana Pulse Advisory Committee (MPAC), is mailing surveys to the state’s pulse growers to gauge interest in raising the assessment rate from 1% to 1.5% for all pulse commodities. Assessment funds are used to advance the industry through research, marketing and education.

Documents to download

  • Montana Pulse Producer Assessment Survey(.pdf, 441.59 KB) - 1139 download(s) The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA), on behalf of the Montana Pulse Advisory Committee (MPAC), is mailing surveys to the state’s pulse growers to gauge interest in raising the assessment rate from 1% to 1.5% for all pulse commodities. Assessment funds are used to advance the industry through research, marketing and education.

Census of Agriculture Countdown Begins for America’s Farmers and Ranchers

Census of Agriculture Countdown Begins for America’s Farmers and Ranchers

WASHINGTON – America’s farmers and ranchers will soon have the opportunity to strongly represent agriculture in their communities and industry by taking part in the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the census, to be mailed at the end of this year, is a complete count of all U.S. farms, ranches, and those who operate them.

 

Treston Vermandel
Eastern Business Development Specialist

Phone : (406) 860-7480
Phone : (406) 444-2402
E-mail : TVermandel@mt.gov
Fax : (406) 444-9442

 

Pulse Crop Research & Market Development Forms & Files

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