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Mission Statement

Invest in and deliver support for marketing, research, education, and policy development programming that improves return on investment for the pulse producers of Montana.

Montana Pulse Crop Committee from left to right:  Ben Thomas, Director, MT Dept. of Agriculture(Ex officio), Jillien Streit, Roger Sammons - former member, Ryan Bogar- Chair, Ron Williams, Columbia Grain(Ex-officio)
Kim Murray, Paul Kanning-Vice Chair  not pictured: Dr. Charles Boyer

Montana Pulse Crop Committee from left to right: Ben Thomas, Director, MT Dept. of Agriculture(Ex officio), Jillien Streit, Roger Sammons (former member), Ryan Bogar- Chair, Ron Williams, Columbia Grain(Ex-officio) Kim Murray, Paul Kanning-Vice Chair not pictured: Dr. Charles Boyer.

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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 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 80-11-10).

The Pulse Crop Market Development Program is administered by the Montana Department of Agriculture under the Montana Pulse Crop Committee. The committee invites proposals to fund market development projects to address Montana's pulse industry needs and opportunities.

Research funding will be available through the US Dry Pea & Lentil Council (USADPLC). For more information, contact Jeff Rumney, Director of Research at jrumney@usapulses.org.

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


Montana Pulse Committee

Board Members

Name Contact Info Term End Qualifications District
Ryan Bogar, Chair 153 Vida East Road
Vida, MT 59274
6/30/2018 Producer Eastern
Paul Kanning, Vice-Chair Mail Route Road
Flaxville, MT 59222
6/30/2020 Producer Eastern
Kim Murray 4210 Road 1031
Froid, MT 59226
6/30/2018 Producer At-Large
Jillien Streit PO Box 465
Chester, MT 59522
6/30/2020 Producer Western
Ben Thomas, Ex-Officio Dept. of Agriculture
PO Box 200201
Helena, MT 49620
agr@mt.gov
1/1/2021 Director, Montana Dept. of Agriculture MDOA
Charles Boyer, Ex-Officio PO Box 172860
Bozeman, MT 59717
6/30/2019 Dean of Agriculture MSU
Ron Williams, Ex-Officio 1300 SW 5th Ave, 29th Floor
Portland, OR 97201
6/30/2019 Vice President, Columbia Grain Pulse Industry

Pulse Crop News

Public Meeting Notice: Montana Pulse Crop Committee Meeting Wednesday, May 30th

Meeting via conference call - join by dialing (406) 444-4647 and using access code 675894

Public Meeting Notice: Montana Pulse Crop Committee Meeting Wednesday, May 30th

Helena, Mont. – The Montana Pulse Crop Committee will meet at 10:00 am on Wednesday, May 30th via conference call. Those wishing to join by phone can join the meeting by dialing (406) 444-4647 and using access code 675894. Those unable to join via their own phone are invited to sit in on the call at the Montana Department of Agriculture (302 N. Roberts) in Conference Room 225.

The Montana Department of Agriculture’s mission is to protect producers and consumers, and to enhance and develop agriculture and allied industries. 

MDA Seeking Pest Information from Lentil Growers

What vertebrate animals have damaged your crops?

MDA Seeking Pest Information from Lentil Growers

Helena, Mont. – The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) is seeking to gather information from lentil growers who have, are or will be suffering damage from vertebrate pests. As part of the MDA’s vertebrate pest program, Department staff gathers information and photos related to certain pests and the damages they cause to certain crops. This information helps the Department develop training materials, which in turn are used to educate producers to help them more easily identify and manage vertebrate pests.

From USDA: Proposed Changes to the National List for Organic Livestock and Handling

The 60-day public comment period closes on June 29, 2018

From USDA: Proposed Changes to the National List for Organic Livestock and Handling

On April 27, 2018, USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service published a proposed rule in the Federal Register to amend the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances (National List) based on public input and the National Organic Standards Board’s (NOSB) November 2017 recommendations for livestock and handling.

The 60-day public comment period closes on June 29, 2018. Access the proposed rule (click here) for more information on how to submit comments.

Montana Pulse Committee Agendas & Minutes

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