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27 March 2020
Governor Bullock's Stay at Home Directive Identifies Food & Ag Essential Businesses and Operations

Governor Bullock's Stay at Home Directive Identifies Food & Ag Essential Businesses and Operations

On March 26, Governor Bullock issued a directive requiring Montanans to stay home and temporarily close all nonessential businesses and operations to curtail the spread of COVID-19. The order, which takes effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 28 and will be in effect through April 10, identifies essential businesses and operations related to food and agriculture, as included in the sections shown below:

Click to view the  the Governor’s Directive Implementing Executive Orders 2-2020 and 3-2020.

10 March 2020
USDA Approves Montana Hemp Production Plan

USDA Approves Montana Hemp Production Plan

Helena, Mont. – The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) received formal approval of its hemp production plan by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) on March 6, 2020. This federal authorization comes after a nearly 60-day review period.

28 January 2020
Flexibility for the states is key to hemp's future says state ag officials

Flexibility for the states is key to hemp's future says state ag officials

ARLINGTON, VA-- Today, the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture (NASDA) submitted final comments [nasda.org] to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) on the Establishment of a Domestic Hemp Production Program [regulations.gov] interim final rule (Rule). The Agricultural Improvement of Act of 2018 (2018 Farm Bill) provided the required regulatory framework for the rule which empowers NASDA members and Indian tribes to serve as the primary regulating authorities of hemp production.

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23 December 2019
USDA Announces Pilot Insurance Coverage for Hemp Growers

USDA Announces Pilot Insurance Coverage for Hemp Growers

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 23, 2019 – USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) today announced a new crop insurance option for hemp growers in select counties of 21 states in 2020.  The pilot insurance program will provide Actual Production History (APH) coverage under 508(h) Multi-Peril Crop Insurance (MPCI) for eligible producers in certain counties in Alabama, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Click to read USDA's News Release.

04 December 2019
Tester Successfully Cuts Red Tape for Hemp Farmers, Provides Access to Banking Services

Tester Successfully Cuts Red Tape for Hemp Farmers, Provides Access to Banking Services

Click to learn more about Senator Tester's announcement that the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) and the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) will issue a guidance allowing hemp producers to bank at financial institutions and what this means for Montana producers.

24 July 2019
Ventenata Added to Montana Noxious Weed List

Ventenata Added to Montana Noxious Weed List

Helena, Mont. – The Montana Department of Agriculture has updated its noxious weed list to include ventenata (Ventenata dubia). The Noxious Weed Listing Workgroup recommended adding ventenata to the Priority 2A list at its meeting on March 21, 2019. The amendment was adopted on June 21st, 2019. Priority 2A weeds are common in isolated areas in the State and require eradication or containment where less abundant. Management can be prioritized by the local weed districts.

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