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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
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

MDA Expanding Hay Lottery, Taking Donations

Lottery application deadline is September 30, 2017

MDA Expanding Hay Lottery, Taking Donations

Helena, Mont. – The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) has announced the expansion of the Montana Hay Lottery. MDA is partnering with Miles Community College to house the donated hay and help with logistics and the Montana Stockgrowers Foundation to help coordinate cash donations to be used for transportation costs. The lottery will be administered by MDA, with drawings taking place in early October.  Producers who have already applied for the lottery, but were not chosen in the first drawing, will still be eligible for subsequent drawings.

Department to Hold Waste Pesticide Disposal Events in September

Annual events have collected over 561,136 lbs. of waste pesticides

Department to Hold Waste Pesticide Disposal Events in September

Helena, Mont. - The Montana Department of Agriculture’s annual Pesticide Disposal Event will be held in several locations across western Montana during September. The collection events will be held September 19 in Kalispell; September 20 in Missoula; September 21 in Helena; and September 22 in Dillon​.  The annual event has collected more than 561,136 pounds of waste pesticides since it began in 1994. 

MDA launches Agriculture Fire & Drought Assistance Hotline

Resources and prgroams to help affected ag producers

MDA launches Agriculture Fire & Drought Assistance Hotline

Helena, Mont. – As drought conditions worsen and fires burn throughout the state, the Montana Department of Agriculture has launched the Agriculture Fire and Drought Assistance Hotline. The hotline will serve as a tool to help connect those affected to available resources, programs and donations, as well as to provide information on how others can help. Questions related to hay/feed donations, livestock, fencing, and transportation can be directed to the hotline. The hotline number is 1-844-515-1571 and the line will be staffed 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday. 

Click here for more resources, programs and links to assist those affected by fire and drought.

 

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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