Pulses are a leguminous crop that are harvested solely for the dry seed. Dried beans, chickpeas, lentils and peas are the most commonly known and consumed types of pulses. These little nutrition nuggets play a huge role in healthy diets in countries all over the world. They also are a powerful versatile crop the Montana farmers can use to promote biodiversity, improve soil health, and generate income from local and global markets.
Because Montana’s economy, farmers, and communities have so much to gain from expanded pulse production, the Montana Department of Agriculture seeks to help increase growers’ understanding of pulse crops, marketing opportunities, and profit potential. The department works to attract more buyers and processors and encourage the expansion of existing companies, with the goals of increasing delivery points and in-state processing so that Montana farmers benefit from a strong marketplace.
The United Nations has declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses. Check out the IYOP2016 website HERE and get involved!
Interested in buying pulse products from our Montana farmers? Click HERE to get connected with Pulse Farmers across the state of Montana.
Are you ready to incorporate pulses into your farm portfolio? Click HERE for information on how to make pulses part of your product diversification strategy.
Do pulses sound like a delicious way to improve your health? Click HERE to learn how to cook with pulses and make them part of your healthy lifestyle. Share your pulse pics, recipes, and more using these Pulse #Hastags: #lovepulses #IYP2016 #healthyeating #recipe #pulses #MTag
The Montana Pulse Research & Market Development Program was created by a vote of Montana pea, lentil and chickpea producers following a process outlined in the Agricultural Commodity Research and Market Development Enabling Act. Click HERE to learn more about the Montana Pulse Advisory Committee and what they do to address Montana's pulse industry needs and opportunities.
Montana Department of Agriculture
Agriculture Development & Marketing Bureau
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 444-2402
Fax: (406) 444-9442
Published: April 23, 2012 11:59:00 AM MDT.
Last Modified: August 22, 2016 2:42:00 PM MDT