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Mission Statement

Invest in and deliver support for marketing, research, education, and policy development programming that improves return on investment for the pulse producers of Montana.

Montana Pulse Crop Committee from left to right: Ben Thomas, Director, MT Dept. of Agriculture(Ex officio), Jillien Streit, Roger Sammons (former member), Ryan Bogar- Chair, Ron Williams, Columbia Grain(Ex-officio) Kim Murray, Paul Kanning-Vice Chair not pictured: Dr. Charles Boyer.

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Pulse crop production has grown in significance in Montana, which became the leading lentil producing state in 2010. Acreage of pulse crops more than tripled between 2009 and 2011. Pea, lentil and chickpea crops provide additional revenue for farmers and fix nitrogen that can be used to boost grain crops following pulse crops in a rotation.

The Montana Pulse Crop Market Development Program was created by a vote of pea, lentil and chickpea producers following a process outlined in the Agricultural Commodity Research and Market Development Enabling Act (MCA 80-11-10).

The Pulse Crop Market Development Program is administered by the Montana Department of Agriculture under the Montana Pulse Crop Committee. The committee invites proposals to fund market development projects to address Montana's pulse industry needs and opportunities.

Research funding will be available through the US Dry Pea & Lentil Council (USADPLC). For more information, contact Dr. Susan "Evy" Jaconis, Director of Research at ejaconis@usapulses.org .

Visit the Pulse Crops page for more information on the benefits of pulse crops and the pulse industry in Montana.


Montana Pulse Committee

Board Members

Name Contact Info Term End Qualifications District
Ryan Bogar, Chair 153 Vida East Road
Vida, MT 59274
6/30/2021 Producer Eastern
Paul Kanning, Vice-Chair Mail Route Road
Flaxville, MT 59222
6/30/2020 Producer Eastern
Colby Johnson 11317 US Highway 91 N
Conrad, MT 59425
6/30/2021 Producer At-Large
Jillien Streit PO Box 465
Chester, MT 59522
6/30/2020 Producer Western
Gordon Stoner 74 Grants Rd
Outlook, MT 59252
6/30/2021 Producer At-Large
Ben Thomas, Ex-Officio Dept. of Agriculture
PO Box 200201
Helena, MT 59620-0201
agr@mt.gov
  Director, Montana Dept. of Agriculture MDOA
Sreekala Bajwa, Ex-Officio PO Box 172860
Bozeman, MT 59717
  Dean of Agriculture MSU
Matt Franks, Ex-Officio 225 E Northern Ave
Plentywood, MT 59254
6/30/2022   Pulse Industry

Pulse Crop News

"How to Apply for a Growth Through Agriculture (GTA) Grant" Webinar Now Available

"How to Apply for a Growth Through Agriculture (GTA) Grant" Webinar Now Available

The Growth Through Agriculture (GTA) program is a grant and loan program to strengthen and diversify Montana's agricultural industry through development of new agricultural products and processes. Click here to view and listen to a recording of the webinar on the Montana Department of Agriculture YouTube channel, or click here to download a PDF of the GTA Webinar Powerpoint Presentation

Now Hiring Public Relations Specialist

Position Based in Helena

Now Hiring Public Relations Specialist

The Montana Department of Agriculture is currently hiring a Public Relations Specialist based in Helena. Applications will be accepted until September 20, 2019. Visit the Employment page for more info and other job openings with the Montana Department of Agriculture.

Ventenata Added to Montana Noxious Weed List

Learn to identify ventenata in the field

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.