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USDA reminds producers to complete crop acreage reports

News from the United States Department of Agriculture BOZEMAN — USDA’s Farm Service Agency reminds Montana producers to complete crop acreage reports by the applicable deadline for their county. Acreage reporting dates vary by crop and by county. Contact your FSA county office for a list of acreage reporting deadlines by crop.


Coronavirus food assistance program for farmers, ranchers

News from the USDA MONTANA – People can now apply for the United States Department of Agriculture’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, which provides direct payments to farmers and ranchers to offset impacts from the coronavirus pandemic. Applications will be accepted through Aug. 28. T...


USDA announces details of $16 billion in direct assistance to farmers

News from USDA WASHINGTON D.C. — U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced details of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, which will provide up to $16 billion in direct payments to deliver relief to America’s farmers and ranchers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. In...


Livestock per capita fee payments due May 31

News from Montana Department of Revenue MONTANA – The Montana Departments of Livestock and Revenue would like to thank the livestock owners who have reported and paid their 2020 per capita livestock fees. The per capita fees provide critical funding for programs that benefit livestock producers...


SBA delivers support to rural America

By Dan Nordberg, SBA Director of Rural Affairs and Region 8 Administrator The devastating impact of COVID-19 has tested the will of millions of agricultural businesses and farms throughout rural communities all over our nation, but help is on the way.   Congress just passed an extension of the P...


Climate change generates anxiety, distress for Montana farmers, ranchers

MONTANA — Researchers have known for years that the current and projected impacts of climate change present challenges for agricultural productivity, with potentially serious consequences for farm and ranch livelihoods. But what hasn’t been clear is what this means for farmers’ and ranchers...


USDA Service Centers taking precautionary measures

News from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Service Centers MONTANA – U.S. Department of Agriculture Service Centers are encouraging visitors to take proactive protective measures to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. USDA Service Centers in Montana will continue to be open for business b...


Participation sought for pollinator garden site preparation study Participation sought for pollinator garden site preparation study

News from Lake County Conservation District LAKE COUNTY — Have you ever thought about having a pollinator garden but aren’t sure where to start? Many people who look into Lake County Conservation District’s Pollinator Initiative, which provides pollinator seed to Lake County residents ...


84th annual Cherry Growers’ meeting held 84th annual Cherry Growers’ meeting held

News from Flathead Lake Cherry Growers, Inc. YELLOW BAY — The 84th annual cherry growers’ meeting will be on held Saturday, April 4, at the Yellow Bay Community Clubhouse, 23429 Montana Highway 35. Sponsored by Flathead Lake Cherry Growers, Inc., a Montana agricultural cooperative, the meeti...


Tester presses to do more to address farmer suicides

News from the office of Senator Jon Tester U.S. SENATE — Continuing his efforts to curb the growing number of farmer suicides across the country, U.S. Senator Jon Tester today pressed Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on his agency’s efforts to address the crisis. Tester, who recently in...


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