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Request for Proposals for 2021 Montana Alfalfa Seed Committee Research and Marketing Program

The Montana Alfalfa Seed Committee invites proposals to fund market development projects and educational projects designed to address Montana's alfalfa seed industry.

Click here to view/download the complete Request for Proposals (RFP) for 2021 Alfalfa Seed Grants (PDF format).


Proposals submitted must be received on or before February 10, 2021.


The Alfalfa Seed Program is administered by the department under the Alfalfa Seed Industry Act (Montana Code Annoted 80-11-3). The Montana Alfalfa Seed Committee provides direction for research and marketing toward the continued growth of the alfalfa seed industry of Montana. The program is administered by the department's Agricultural Development Division.

The committee is appointed by the Governor and composed of eight members. Board members serve three-year terms. For additional information about Governor-appointed Boards and Councils, refer to the Montana.Gov Boards, Councils and Commissions website from the Office of the Governor.

Alfalfa Seed Committee Board Members

Name Contact Info Term End Qualifications
Director Mike Foster Dept. of Agriculture
PO Box 200201
Helena, MT 59601-0201
agr@mt.gov
  Agriculture Director, Statutory Appointment
Ernest Johnson 9265 Paradise Valley Road
Chinook, MT 59523
12/1/2023 Alfalfa Seed Grower and Leaf-Cutting Bees

John Mehling, Chair

  3475 Community School Road
Hardin, MT 59034
12/1/2023 Alfalfa Seed Grower and Leaf-Cutting Bees
Tom Neibur, Vice Chair 1429 Hwy 191 S
Malta, MT 59538-0753
12/1/2022 Alfalfa Seed Grower and Leaf-Cutting Bees
Justin Wiese 4880 Hwy 363
Malta, MT 59538
12/1/2021 Alfalfa Seed Grower
Dallas Steiger PO Box 387
Hysham, MT 59038
12/1/2021 Alfalfa Seed Grower
Tom Matchett 1820 Stillmeadow
Billings, MT 59106
12/1/2022 Alfalfa Seed Grower and Leaf-Cutting Bees
Cavin Steiger 67 Golden Goose Road
Forsyth, MT 59327
12/1/2023 Alfalfa Seed Grower

Contact

Agricultural Development Division
Phone : 406.444.2402
E-mail : agr@mt.gov
Fax : 406.444.9442
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601


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USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for grants until April 23, 2021, to fund Montana projects that could stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) generally fund pilot projects, field demonstrations and on-farm conservation research.

$225,000 is available for the state-component CIG and applicants can request up to $75,000 for projects lasting one to three years.

Applications must be submitted electronically through grants.gov by 11:59 p.m. EDT on April 23, 2021. In addition, a PDF of the complete application must be emailed to jerry.shows@usda.gov.

Click here to learn more about USDA NRCS Conservation Innovation Grants.

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Applications due March 31, 2021

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Grants are awarded through a national competition. Each fiscal year, applications are requested through a notice published in the Federal Register and through an announcement posted on Grants.gov.

Click Here to learn more and apply. Applications are due no later than March 22, 2021. Please refer to the Federal Register Notices for more information on the deadline and various ways the Agency will accept applications.

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