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The Request for Proposals (RFP) for 2018 Pulse Grants will be released here on January 8th, 2018, with applications to be due on March 1st, 2018.


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.

A Montana pulse crop storage silo. Photo by Todd Klassy, used with permission.

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
Roger Sammons 4 Sammons Drive
Cut Bank, MT 59427
6/30/2018 Marketing 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

Requesting Specialty Crop Block Grant Applications

Over $1 million in funding available for Montana agriculture, proposals due by Feb. 15, 2018

Requesting Specialty Crop Block Grant Applications

Helena, Mont. - The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) is now accepting applications for an estimated $1.2 million in federal funding available through the Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG) program. This competitive grant program is designed to expand markets for Montana specialty crops.

MDA hiring Marketing Intern for May - August 2018

Work will focus on the Grown in Montana Store at the Great Falls State Fair, The Montana Food Show in Bozeman, and the Capitol Square Farmers Market in Helena

MDA hiring Marketing Intern for May - August 2018

Helena, Mont. –We are looking for a marketing intern from May-August 2018. S/He will work on the Grown in Montana Store at the Great Falls State Fair, The Montana Food Show in Bozeman, and the Capitol Square Farmers Market in Helena. Candidates can be current or former college students and/or adults with appropriate skills who are seeking experience working in agricultural marketing.

Click here for the full job posting on the State of Montana jobs website.

 

Public Meeting Notice: Montana Pulse Crop Committee Meeting Thursday, November 30th

The Montana Pulse Crop Committee will meet at 9:00 am on Thursday, November 30th in Great Falls

Public Meeting Notice: Montana Pulse Crop Committee Meeting Thursday, November 30th

Helena, Mont. – The Montana Pulse Crop Committee will meet at 9:00 am on Thursday, November 30th in Great Falls at the Best Western Heritage Inn (1700 Fox Farm Rd.). Click here to view or download the agenda for the meeting.

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