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Celebrate No-Till November

MONTANA – Back by popular demand, the United States Department of Agriculture is celebrating No-Till November.  This fall, the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service encourages America’s agricultural producers to keep the stubble and give their farm a more rugged, natural look.  Many farmers till during the fall, but there are so many good reasons not to: no-till improves soil health by not disturbing soil microbiology; beneficial soil microbes are essential for growing food, fiber and fuel; no-till improves the soil’s water holding capacity and keeps soils in place, preventing harmful runoff and erosion; and no-till saves time, money (fuel) an...

New survey suggests improvements in Montanans’ understanding of noxious weeds

MSU News Service MONTANA – Farmers and ranchers in Montana are often intimately aware of the dangers posed by noxious weeds, but the general public’s knowledge of invasive species has also increased due to education and outreach efforts over the past 25 years, according to a recent survey. ...

FSA issues payments to Montana farmers

BOZEMAN – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency in Montana is processing $74,062,560 in Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage payments for the 2018 crop year. Additionally, Montana FSA will distribute $30,837,244 in Conservation Reserve Programrental payments to lan...

Beargrass and yucca: two signature Montana plants Beargrass and yucca: two signature Montana plants

News from the University of Montana  MONTANA – Two particular flowering plants are the toast of late spring and summer in Montana. In the mountain forests and openings of northwestern Montana, beargrass – the official flower of Glacier National Park – struts its stuff along roads ...

MSU College of Agriculture seeks nominations

MONTANA – Montana State University’s College of Agriculture is seeking nominations for its Outstanding Agricultural Leader award, which will be presented during the annual Celebrate Agriculture weekend Nov. 1-2, at MSU. The award recognizes individuals or families who have gone above and beyon...

Irrigation election postponed for further assessment

LAKE COUNTY – Owners of irrigated land within the Flathead Indian Irrigation Project will have to wait to cast their ballots for the annual election for two board positions along with a decision to allow two of the three districts to work together. The ballot issues were originally scheduled to go o...

Flathead cherry crop expected to be later this season Flathead cherry crop expected to be later this season

YELLOW BAY – The Community Clubhouse was full of talk about soil health, bud size and harvest dates at the Flathead Cherry Growers co-operative meeting. According to Bruce Johnson, President of the co-op’s board of directors, the event serves as a springboard for the coming season. Growers lea...

Sign-up for updated Conservation Stewardship Program

News from USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service BOZEMAN —  The next deadline for Conservation Stewardship Program applications to be considered for funding in fiscal year 2019 is May 10, 2019. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service plans to invest up to $700 million for new...

Hard-working family man honored posthumously at Ronan ag dinner Hard-working family man honored posthumously at Ronan ag dinner

RONAN – This year, the Ronan Area Chamber of Commerce chose to recognize Everitt Foust for his lifelong dedication to the field of agriculture at the 41st Agriculture Appreciation Dinner on March 22. He was also recognized for his dedication to his family and the community he lived in.  He pass...

Free the Seeds! returns to FVCC

KALISPELL – Free the Seeds! returns to Flathead Valley Community College on Saturday, March 2, for a fourth year of workshops, conversations and free seeds. Organizers expect more than 1,000 people to attend this free fair, which runs from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. in the FVCC Arts and Technology Building. F...


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