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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

MDA Announces Noxious Weed Trust Fund Grant Recipients

MDA Announces Noxious Weed Trust Fund Grant Recipients

Helena, Mont. - The Montana Department of Agriculture and Noxious Weed Management Advisory Council has awarded over $1.79 million for the development and implementation of noxious weed management programs across Montana. The grants, which were awarded in March, assist counties, conservation districts, local communities, tribes, researchers and educators in efforts to combat noxious weeds in Montana. 

58 local cooperative projects were funded at a total of $1,247,871 or 70% of all dollars awarded. Twelve research projects were funded at $309,380 and 11 educational projects were awarded $234,591. Combined research and educational projects were awarded a total of $543,971 or 30% of all funding available.

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

The application deadline is March 22, 2019

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.

Join USDA Trade Mission to Colombia, June 4-7

The application deadline is March 22, 2019

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.

Montana Pulse Committee Agendas & Minutes

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