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Gov. Bullock Signs Bills Advancing Montana’s Pulse Industry

Montana Leads Nation in Pulse Production

Gov. Bullock Signs Bills Advancing Montana’s Pulse Industry
Helena, Mont. – As Montana cements its status as the nation’s leader in pulse production, a duo of bills signed recently by Governor Bullock aim to advance the burgeoning sector of Montana’s ag economy. HB 614 and SB 285 will incentivize growth in pulse-processing infrastructure throughout the state and give more structure to the state’s pulse checkoff program. Montana leads the nation in pulse production, with over 1 million acres planted in 2016. Pulses (peas, chickpeas, beans and lentils) are a versatile crop that promote biodiversity, improve soil health and generate income from local and global markets.

Rodale Institute Veteran Farmer Training Program accepting applications

This program is a tailored, flexible, two-to-four month training in organic farming, that includes a stipend and housing allowance.

Rodale Institute Veteran Farmer Training Program accepting applications
The Rodale Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research and outreach, is now accepting application for their Veteran Farmer Training Program. Through the Veteran Farmer Training Program, Rodale Institute helps provide livelihoods to our returning veterans.

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Montana Pulse Growers to Receive Survey

Survey will ask growers about assessment rates

Montana Pulse Growers to Receive Survey

Helena, Mont. – As Spring transitions to Summer and we finish up planting and branding, pulse growers throughout Montana will have the opportunity to make their voice heard over the coming weeks. The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA), on behalf of the Montana Pulse Advisory Committee (MPAC), is mailing surveys to the state’s pulse growers to gauge interest in raising the assessment rate from 1% to 1.5% for all pulse commodities. Assessment funds are used to advance the industry through research, marketing and education.

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  • Montana Pulse Producer Assessment Survey(.pdf, 441.59 KB) - 866 download(s) The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA), on behalf of the Montana Pulse Advisory Committee (MPAC), is mailing surveys to the state’s pulse growers to gauge interest in raising the assessment rate from 1% to 1.5% for all pulse commodities. Assessment funds are used to advance the industry through research, marketing and education.

House Bill 126 Increases Fees for Pesticide Program Licenses and Products

New fees are effective now

House Bill 126  Increases Fees for Pesticide Program Licenses and Products

The Governor has signed HB 126 which includes fee increases for pesticide program licenses and products, effective now. The department has begun to implement the fee changes and will continue to do so over the next several days.

2017 Montana Farmers Market Guide Available Online

Over 70 markets listed statewide

2017 Montana Farmers Market Guide Available Online

Helena, Mont. – As Montana thaws out and Spring comes into full swing, farmers and ranchers are offering fresh, local produce, meats, and value-added foods at Farmers Markets throughout the state. Over 70 Farmers Markets are registered with the Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) for the 2017 season and a directory is available online at farmersmarkets.mt.gov. Montana Farmers Markets are community events that are well attended by locals and tourists alike, as many markets host food trucks, activities for kids and families, and craft vendors in addition to local agriculture stands.

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Census of Agriculture Countdown Begins for America’s Farmers and Ranchers

Census of Agriculture Countdown Begins for America’s Farmers and Ranchers

WASHINGTON – America’s farmers and ranchers will soon have the opportunity to strongly represent agriculture in their communities and industry by taking part in the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the census, to be mailed at the end of this year, is a complete count of all U.S. farms, ranches, and those who operate them.

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Montana Ag by the Numbers

In a state where cattle outnumber people, agriculture is our business. In fact, it is Montana’s number one industry and growing.

$4.4

Billion Industry

28,008

Farms & Ranches

59.7

Million Acres

1

State Rank in
Organic Wheat
Production