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‘Free the Seeds’ celebrates sixth year ‘Free the Seeds’ celebrates sixth year

News from Free the Seeds FLATHEAD VALLEY — “Free the Seeds” returns to the Flathead Valley from March 6–8, 2021, for a sixth year of workshops and free seeds. This year’s event features a drive-up heirloom seed giveaway and free virtual workshops that promote real seeds, real food, and real skills: Saturday, March 6 —  9 a.m.–noon: Heirloom seed giveaway at ImagineIF Library in Kalispell with walk-up pickup and in Columbia Falls with drive-by pickup. Seeds will be pre-bundled by volunteers. Look for “Free the Seeds” signs. —  2–3:30 p.m.: Zoom workshop presented by Lindy Dewey, “Growing Your Own ...


Grant to help Montana farmers markets

News from the National Center for Appropriate Technology MONTANA — To help Montana farmers markets and direct market farmers build capacity and sustain success, the National Center for Appropriate Technology, headquartered in Butte, was awarded a 2020 Farmers Market Promotional Program grant from ...


No-till drill rentals available from Lake County Conservation District No-till drill rentals available from Lake County Conservation District

News from the Lake County Conservation District  LAKE COUNTY — Lake County Conservation District is excited to announce that their no-till seed drill is still available for rent.  This fall marks the third season that the conservation district is making its seed drill available to the...


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 ...


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...


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