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Additional assistance for dairy producers announced

News from USDA WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced the details of additional assistance for dairy producers, including a second round of payments through the Pandemic Market Volatility Assistance Program (PMVAP) and a new Organic Dairy Marketing Assistance Program (ODMAP). The update to PMVAP and the new ODMAP will enable USDA to better support small- and medium-sized dairy operations who weathered the pandemic and now face other challenges.


NRCS accepting applications for the Community Agriculture Initiative

News from USDA BOZEMAN — The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for the Community Agriculture Initiative. This initiative supports the conservation efforts of Montana’s farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners from small acreage to large. NRCS accept...


Registration open for Soil Health Symposium

News from USDA BOZEMAN — The Montana Association of Conservation Districts and the Natural Resources Conservation Service will host the 2023 Montana Soil Health Symposium on Feb. 8-9 at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center. The event will feature Jerry Doan of Black Leg Ranch in McKenzie, N...


Montana NRCS accepts Agricultural Conservation Easement Program applications

News from USDA  BOZEMAN — The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Montana is accepting applications for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP) Agricultural Land Easement (ALE) enrollment option and the Wetland Reserve Easements (WRE). While NRCS accepts easement appl...


Barley purchase agreement announced

News from the office of Governor Gianforte HELENA — Governor Greg Gianforte and Montana Department of Agriculture Director Christy Clark announced on Nov. 1 a letter of intent for Heineken International Cerveceria Cuauhtémoc Moctezuma (Heineken International) to increase its purchase volume...


Sign up for dairy farm protection

News from USDA WASHINGTON — Dairy producers can now enroll for 2023 coverage through the Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) Program, an important safety net program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that helps producers manage changes in milk and feed prices. 


$2M to strengthen Montana Food Systems

News from the office of Senator Jon Tester BIG SANDY — As a part of his continued effort to strengthen Montana food systems, U.S. Senator Jon Tester today secured six United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Local Food Promotion Program (LFPP) grants totaling $1,968,000 for local organizatio...


Ronan resident participates in statewide ag leadership program Ronan resident participates in statewide ag leadership program

News from Josh Sencal, REAL Montana member BOZEMAN — Ronan resident Josh Senecal just returned from Bozeman as part of REAL Montana (Resource Education and Agriculture Leadership). For Josh Senecal and other members of REAL Montana Class V, this was the first of ten seminars in their two-year educ...


MT grown foods account for $160M in local sales

News from the National Center for Appropriate Technology MONTANA — The Grow Montana Food Policy Coalition has released a new report showing locally grown and sold foods make a big impact to Montana communities. The report, “Economic Value and Impact of Local Food in Montana,” was compl...


Growth Through Agriculture Program accepting applications

News from the MT Dept. of Agriculture HELENA — The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) is reminding folks that the Growth Through Agriculture program (GTA) is accepting applications for this year’s funding cycle. The application deadline is Sept. 12 at 5 p.m.  MDA staff will hold...


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