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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

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 Jeff Rumney, Director of Research at jrumney@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 4 Sammons Drive
Cut Bank, MT 59427
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
Ron Williams, Ex-Officio 1300 SW 5th Ave, 29th Floor
Portland, OR 97201
6/30/2019 Vice President, Columbia Grain Pulse Industry

Pulse Crop News

USDA is Still Accepting Applications for a Trade Mission to Canada, Sept. 3-6, 2019

Application deadline is May 20, 2019

USDA is Still Accepting Applications for a Trade Mission to Canada, Sept. 3-6, 2019

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will sponsor a trade mission to Toronto and Montreal, Sept. 3-6, 2019, providing U.S. agricultural exporters a prime opportunity to grow their business with our Northern neighbor and top agricultural trading partner. Application deadline is May 20, 2019.  

Click here for more info and the application form.

Apply Now for the USDA Trade Mission to Canada, Sept. 3-6, 2019

Application deadline is May 20, 2019

Apply Now for the USDA Trade Mission to Canada, Sept. 3-6, 2019

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will sponsor a trade mission to Toronto and Montreal, Sept. 3-6, 2019, providing U.S. agricultural exporters a prime opportunity to grow their business with our Northern neighbor and top agricultural trading partner. Application deadline is May 20, 2019.  

USDA Accepting Applications to Help Cover Producers’ Costs for Organic Certification

Applications for fiscal 2019 funding are due Oct. 31, 2019

USDA Accepting Applications to Help Cover Producers’ Costs for Organic Certification

WASHINGTON, May 3, 2019 – USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that organic producers and handlers can apply for federal funds to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic certification through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP). Applications for fiscal 2019 funding are due Oct. 31, 2019.

For full details on how to apply in Montana, and to start an application, visit our Organic Certification Cost Share page, or email agrorganic@mt.gov.

Montana Pulse Committee Agendas & Minutes

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