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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.

16 March 2019
USDA is Still Accepting Applications for a Trade Mission to Colombia, June 4-7

USDA is Still Accepting Applications for a Trade Mission to Colombia, June 4-7

Are you looking for a thriving market to grow your food and agricultural exports?

Join the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on a trade mission to Bogota, June 4-7, 2019, and learn how the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement (CTPA) is opening doors, creating new opportunities and helping U.S. ag exports flourish to record levels.

13 March 2019
USDA Announces Launch of the Start Simple with MyPlate Campaign

USDA Announces Launch of the Start Simple with MyPlate Campaign

WASHINGTON, March 13, 2019 -- In a continuing effort to help Americans make healthy food choices, and in honor of National Nutrition Month®, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced a new campaign to help simplify the nutrition information that surrounds us each day.

08 March 2019
Join USDA Trade Mission to Colombia, June 4-7

Join USDA Trade Mission to Colombia, June 4-7

Join the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on a trade mission to Bogota, June 4-7, 2019, and learn how the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement (CTPA) is opening doors, creating new opportunities and helping U.S. ag exports flourish to record levels.

10 February 2019
World Pulses Week

World Pulses Week

It’s World Pulses Day Week!  Celebrate by cooking up something like Apple-Lentil Cake or Green Lentil Stew. Timeless Seeds, Inc., based in Ulm, MT, has a lot of recipe ideas: https://www.timelessfood.com/recipes/.  

Find more info on pulses, and more recipes, at the Half-Cup Habit website: https://pulses.org/nap/.

Learn more about pulse crops in Montana at our Pulse Crops page.

27 November 2018

Most recent update from the FDA on the Romaine E. Coli outbreak

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state authorities, continues to investigate a multistate outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 infections associated with consumption of romaine lettuce in the U.S. As of Nov. 26, 2018, this outbreak has resulted in 43 people becoming ill in 12 states, with the last reported illness onset date being Oct. 31, 2018. An additional 22 people in Canada have become ill, and the FDA and our partners are also coordinating the investigation with Canadian health and food safety authorities.

Click here to read the full announcement from the FDA.

22 February 2018
Produce Safety Rule technical assistance available to farmers

Produce Safety Rule technical assistance available to farmers

Hello Montana Growers!

The FDA’s Produce Safety Rule is in place (and was adopted by the Montana legislature) and is being implemented. The Montana Department of Agriculture has received a grant to provide support and technical assistance regarding produce safety to farmers. Food safety regulations are changing, and we want to ensure you have the information you need to be successful.

In coming weeks, we will be conducting brief phone calls to gain a better understanding of the number and scale of produce growers in the state. If you would rather submit your information through an online form, please go to www.foodsafety.mt.gov and click on “Submit Info for the Food Safety Modernization Act Inventory”, or, if you are unsure if the Produce Safety Act applies to you and your farm, click on "Determine if the Produce Safety Rule Applies to You" to answer a few questions and automatically see if you are exempt or if the law applies to you.

If you have questions, please call 406-444-0131 or email foodsafety@mt.gov.

Thank you from the Montana Department of Agriculture Food Safety Program

27 October 2017
MDA Director Thomas Joins Fellow North American State & Provincial Agriculture Officials for Trade Talks

MDA Director Thomas Joins Fellow North American State & Provincial Agriculture Officials for Trade Talks

Helena, Mont. – Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) Director Ben Thomas joined state and provincial counterparts from the United States, Mexico and Canada last week to stress the necessity of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) for agriculture and to call on their respective federal governments to ensure a modernized NAFTA does not harm agriculture. North American state and provincial agriculture officials gathered last week in Denver, Colo. for the 26th annual Tri-National Agricultural Accord. The Tri-National Agricultural Accord represents a longstanding commitment among the senior state and provincial agricultural officials of North America to work together collaboratively on agricultural trade and development issues.

18 October 2017
Montana Crunch Time is Tuesday, October 24th

Montana Crunch Time is Tuesday, October 24th

Helena, Mont. – The Montana Department of Agriculture and Montana Office of Public Instruction are joining schools, community partners, and individuals across Montana in celebrating Food Day and National Farm to School Month by crunching into locally-grown apples on Tuesday, October 24th at 2:30 p.m. for Montana Crunch Time.

03 October 2017
October is National Farm to School Month

October is National Farm to School Month

Helena, Mont. – October is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate connections happening all over the country between schools and local food producers. From the Trout to Tray program in Livingston, to the Garden to Cafeteria program in Hindsale, to Harvest of the Month taste tests in Geyser, there are great farm to school partnerships in every region of Montana. 

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