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New program to increase access to healthy foods in underserved communities

News from the USDA BOZEMAN — At the National Rural Grocer’s Summit today, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that USDA and Reinvestment Fund are launching a new program under the Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) to increase access to healthy foods in communities underserved by grocery stores. Funding for the new Food Access and Retail Expansion Fund (FARE Fund) is made possible by President Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act. “People across this country deserve fresh, healthy and affordable foods,” Secretary Vilsack said. “Through this program, the Biden-Harris Administration is partnering with food retailers to ensure that eve...

MSU specialist receives funding to study grasshoppers’ impact on pulse crops MSU specialist receives funding to study grasshoppers’ impact on pulse crops

BOZEMAN — Through new funding from the USDA and the Montana Department of Agriculture, a Montana State University scientist will study the impact of grasshoppers, an increasingly common pest in Montana, on pulse crops and forages. Hayes Goosey, assistant professor in the Department of Animal and Ran...

DNRC, American Forests unveil newest greenhouse DNRC, American Forests unveil newest greenhouse

News from DNRC  MISSOULA — The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) and American Forests celebrated the unveiling of a new 4,320-square-foot greenhouse at the Conservation Seedling Nursery on Wednesday, June 5, to support reforestation efforts across the state. ...

Montana Bumble Bee Atlas takes flight

News from USDA MISSOULA — The Montana Bumble Bee Atlas, a collaborative community science project of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, the U.S. Forest Service, and Missoula County Department of Ecology and Extension, needs community science volunteers to work alongside researchers ...

Congressional action urged on competition in agriculture marketplace

News from the office of Senator Tester U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Jon Tester recently questioned experts during a Senate Banking Committee hearing, pushing for solutions to decreased competition in agricultural markets, and the need for solutions that protect family farm agriculture. Tester beg...

USDA and FarmRaise offer online tools

News from USDA BOZEMAN — The U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) today unveiled a new, online Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) Decision Tool and farm loan resources available to agricultural producers and cooperators who help producers access USDA disaster assistance, farm loans and other federa...

Lakes to be honored at 44th annual Ag Dinner Lakes to be honored at 44th annual Ag Dinner

Jack and Susan Lake, lifelong Montanans and area farmers, are being honored for their contributions to agriculture during the 44th annual Ag Appreciation Dinner on March 29.  Both Jack and Susan grew up working in the agricultural business.  Their love of Montana and the Mission Valley kept them...

MSGA opens applications

News from MSGA HELENA — The Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA) is accepting applications for its premier leadership program, the Montana Stockgrowers M Bar Academy. The 18-month leadership program, designed to grow and develop leadership skills for individuals active in Montana’s ranchi...

Beef prices increase, locals impacted Beef prices increase, locals impacted

LAKE COUNTY — Local cattle ranchers have noticed that beef prices are rising. How will changes in the market impact local farmers, ranchers, and consumers? The prices for beef and veal are up by 7.7% as well and uncooked ground beef is up by 5.5% with the rest of beef products being up in price as w...

Where’s the beef ... coming from? Where’s the beef ... coming from?

News from U.S Senate U.S. SENATE — The U.S. Senate recently passed a bipartisan Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution authored by U.S. Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.) and Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) that would overturn the Biden Administration’s decision to lift a long-standing ban on beef import...


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