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13 December 2018
Noxious Weed Biennial Report for Montana Now Available

Noxious Weed Biennial Report for Montana Now Available

Click here to view the interactive Montana Noxious Weed Biennial Report for 2016-2017.

13 December 2018
Now Hiring Office Coordinator

Now Hiring Office Coordinator

The Montana Department of Agriculture is currently hiring an Office Coordinator based in Helena. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. Visit the Employment page for more info and other job openings with the Montana Department of Agriculture.

12 December 2018
Now Hiring Plant Science Specialist

Now Hiring Plant Science Specialist

The Montana Department of Agriculture is currently hiring a Plant Science Specialist based in Helena. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. Visit the Employment page for more info and other job openings with the Montana Department of Agriculture.

11 December 2018
From the Whitefish Pilot: Chemistry Students Turn Unusable Soil into Science Experiment

From the Whitefish Pilot: Chemistry Students Turn Unusable Soil into Science Experiment

From the Whitefish Pilot:

An early setback for the new Center for Sustainability and Entrepreneurship has become the type of real-world learning the facility promised.

After planting began at the Whitefish Schools CSE in early June, it became apparent that the soil used in the greenhouse and outdoor raised garden beds was contaminated with an herbicide, CSE Facilities Coordinator Taylor Wilmot said.

Click here to read the full article.

The Montana Department of Agriclture Analytical Lab assisted on the project.

 

10 December 2018
Global Agricultural Information Network reports from USDA: Egypt and South Korea Exporter Guides

Global Agricultural Information Network reports from USDA: Egypt and South Korea Exporter Guides

The following Global Agricultural Information Network reports were released on Monday, December 10, 2018:

Egypt: Exporter Guide

Egypt’s hotel, restaurant, and retail food sectors are growing in 2018 thanks to a budding recovery in tourism and consumer spending. Sources forecast demand increasing, with growth reaching 15 to 20 percent by 2021 as tourism and consumer purchasing power recover. U.S.-origin consumer-ready products face competition from other origins benefitting from more favorable trade relationships (i.e., free trade agreements). In 2017, U.S. consumer-oriented products exports to Egypt were largely beef livers and other beef offal, milk products and food preparations.  

Morocco: Citrus Annual

With the majority of the harvest now complete, Post expects Morocco’s citrus production for MY 2018/19 to reach an estimated 2.6 million metric tons, increasing 18 percent over the previous marketing year. Tangerine/mandarin production should increase by 14 percent over the previous year to 1.35 MMT, while orange production should increase by 18 percent to 1.2 MMT and lemon/lime production to reach 45,000 MT. Much of the increase in production is due to favorable weather conditions and increases in the area harvested as younger trees begin to bear fruit. Tangerine/mandarin exports should total about 585,000 MT while orange exports should reach around 190,000 MT.    

South Korea: Exporter Guide

South Korea’s imports of American food and agricultural products in 2018 through October totaled $7.9 billion, up 16.8 percent from the same period of the previous year. The United States remained the leading exporter of food and agricultural products to Korea with 25.5 percent market share. Despite escalated competition from export-oriented competitors, consumer-oriented American products continued to lead the expansion of the export market in Korea, which reflected Korean consumers’ increased demand for better value, quality and diversity. The Korea-United States Free Trade Agreement, implemented in 2012, coupled with on-going evolvement of the Korean food market, should generate greater export opportunities for American products in Korea in the coming years.

For more information, or for an archive of all FAS GAIN reports, please visit gain.fas.usda.gov.

10 December 2018
Apply Now for USDA Trade Mission to Taiwan, March 11-14, 2019

Apply Now for USDA Trade Mission to Taiwan, March 11-14, 2019

Come discover business opportunities in the heart of Asia!

Join the U.S. Department of Agriculture on its first-ever trade mission to Taipei, March 11-14, 2019, and learn how to expand your business to the United States’ eighth-largest agricultural export market.

10 December 2018
Now Hiring Food Safety Compliance Specialist

Now Hiring Food Safety Compliance Specialist

The Montana Department of Agriculture is currently hiring a Food Safety Compliance Specialist based in Helena. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. Visit the Employment page for more info and other job openings with the Montana Department of Agriculture.

05 December 2018
MT Dept. of Agriculture Requesting Specialty Crop Block Grant Applications

MT Dept. of Agriculture Requesting Specialty Crop Block Grant Applications

Helena, Mont. - The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) is now accepting applications for an estimated $1.5 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.

04 December 2018
Montana Hail Insurance Program 2018 Crop Year Annual Report now available
04 December 2018
USDA Announces 2019 Trade Missions to Expand Export Opportunities for U.S. Agriculture

USDA Announces 2019 Trade Missions to Expand Export Opportunities for U.S. Agriculture

WASHINGTON, Dec. 4, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will sponsor seven trade missions in 2019 to expand export opportunities for U.S. agriculture across the globe, Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney announced today.

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