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Pulse Research & Market Development Program

Dry edible pea field

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 Research & Market Development Program was created by a vote of pea, lentil and chickpea producers under a process outlined in Montana statutes.


The Pulse Research & Market Development Program is administered by the Montana Department of Agriculture, which receives advice from the six-member Montana Pulse Advisory Committee. The committee invites proposals to fund research and market development projects to address Montana's pulse industry needs and opportunities.




Montana Department of Agriculture
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 444-2402
Fax: (406) 444-9442


Published: Fri Apr 01 15:01:00 MDT 2011.
Last Modified: Mon Aug 22 14:36:00 MDT 2016