Request for Proposals for 2020 Montana Pulse Crop Research and Marketing Program

The Montana Pulse Crop Committee invites proposals to fund market development projects and educational projects designed to address Montana's pulse industry. All funding awards will be determined by the Montana Pulse Crop Committee or the USADPLC Research Review Committee. Generally, to qualify for consideration, proposals must have practical, near-term application involving practices or organizational arrangements that will stimulate an expanded pulse industry.

Click here to view/download the complete Request for Proposals (RFP) for 2020 Pulse Grants (PDF format).

Proposals submitted under the Montana Pulse Crop Marketing area must be received on or before March 1, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. by the Montana Pulse Crop Committee. Proposals must be submitted through the online WebGrants application portal at fundingmt.org. Instructions on using Webgrants can be found in the files below:

Proposals submitted under the Montana Pulse Crop Research area are to be submitted through USADPLC Industry Research Proposals, and are due on or before December 6, 2019.

Peas, Dry Beans, Lentils and Chickpeas

Montana's Pulse Power Play

Pulses are a leguminous crop that are harvested solely for the dry seed. Dried beans, chickpeas, lentils and peas are the most commonly known and consumed types of pulses. These little nutrition nuggets play a huge role in healthy diets in countries all over the world. They also are a powerful versatile crop the Montana farmers can use to promote biodiversity, improve soil health, and generate income from local and global markets.


  • Pulses are a source of plant based proteins, amino acids, antioxidants, fiber and essential nutrients like Iron, Potassium and Folate.
  • Pulses are low fat, cholesterol free, sodium free and gluten free.
  • When eaten regularly, pulses may help reduce the risk of obesity, heart disease, diabetes and certain types of cancer.


  • Pulse crops utilize soil moisture efficiently. These crops require little (if any) nitrogen fertilizer; instead they fix nitrogen from the air into the soil.
  • Pulse crops help break disease and pest cycles in wheat and barley. When a wheat or barley crop follows a pulse crop it can experience substantial rotational benefits, improving yield and quality.
  • Pulse crops are versatile, drought-tolerant and frost-hardy, adding flexibility to cropping systems. If growing conditions turn dry, pulse crops can be harvested or grazed for forage or terminated to conserve soil moisture - the soil will still benefit from nitrogen fixation, rotation, and having a cover crop.

Graph: Pulse acreage in Montana growing over time, 2013-2017.Contact agrcsdit@mt.gov if you require accommodation.


  • In Montana, farmers have incorporated pulse crops into their crop rotations to reduce the amount of land left fallow (idle). Pulse crop acres have increased from 350,000 in 2009 to over 800,000 in 2015.
  • In 2011, Montana took the lead in U.S. pulse crop acreage. As of today, Montana retains its leadership position in pulse production, selling markets through the nation and in India, Japan, and many other countries around the world.
  • Potential exists for substantial growth of the pulse industry in Montana in the coming years. If additional acres of pulse crops were grown on 25% of Montana’s fallow cropland (approximately 900,000 acres) the annual benefit to Montana's economy could exceed $240 million. As the pulse industry grows, Montana communities will benefit from job creation and increased economic activity resulting from additional in-state processing.

Because Montana’s economy, farmers, and communities have so much to gain from expanded pulse production, the Montana Department of Agriculture seeks to help increase growers’ understanding of pulse crops, marketing opportunities, and profit potential. The department works to attract more buyers and processors and encourage the expansion of existing companies, with the goals of increasing delivery points and in-state processing so that Montana farmers benefit from a strong marketplace.

Put Montana Pulses On Your Plate, In Your Field, and In Your Pocketbook Today!


Interested in buying pulse products from our Montana farmers? Check out the Montana's Pulse Potential page to get connected with Pulse Farmers across the state of Montana.


Are you ready to incorporate pulses into your farm portfolio? Check out the Marketing and Production Info page for information on how to make pulses part of your product diversification strategy.


Do pulses sound like a delicious way to improve your health? Check out the Why Pulses Are Super Foods page to learn how to cook with pulses and make them part of your healthy lifestyle. Share your pulse pics, recipes, and more using these Pulse #Hastags: #lovepulses #healthyeating #recipe #pulses #MTag

Montana Pulse Advisory Committee

The Montana Pulse Market Development Program was created by a vote of Montana pea, lentil and chickpea producers following a process outlined in the Agricultural Commodity Research and Market Development Enabling Act. Check out the Montana Pulse Advisory Committee page to learn more about the committee and what they do to address Montana's pulse industry needs and opportunities.


Agriculture Development
and Marketing Bureau

Montana Department of Agriculture
Phone : (406) 444-2402
E-mail : agr@mt.gov
Fax : (406) 444-9442
302 N Roberts
Helena, MT 59601

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Pulse Crop News

Public Meeting Notice: MT Pulse Crop Committee Zoom Conference Call

June 9th at 9:00 a.m.

Public Meeting Notice: MT Pulse Crop Committee Zoom Conference Call

The Montana Pulse Crop Committee will meet via Zoom teleconference at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 9th. For more information, please contact Weston Merrill, at (406) 444-3407.

Zoom Meeting Information

To join by computer: https://zoom.us/j/91650348866 [zoom.us]

To join by phone: (877) 853-5247; Meeting ID: 916 5034 8866

Click to learn more about the Montana Pulse Crop Committee.

Documents to download

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

To curtail the spread of COVID-19, nonessential businesses and operations will close March 28 - April 10, 2020

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.

Documents to download

Public Meeting Notice: Conference Call - Montana Pulse Crop Committee Meeting

March 26, 2020 at 1:00pm via teleconference

The Montana Pulse Crop Advisory Committee will meet via Skype/Phone teleconference on Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 1:00pm. The Director of the department will be giving an update. Contact Virginia Corbett for Call Information: Virginia.Corbett@mt.gov or (406)444-3156. 

For more information about the Pulse Committee, click here.