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LCCD gives out free seeds LCCD gives out free seeds

LAKE COUNTY – Pollinator Week, sponsored by the Lake County Conservation District, was by all accounts a success – both at educating the public on the value of pollinators and giving free seeds to gardeners who want to plant plots that attract these beneficial insects and birds.  According to the LCCD crew, 26 people attended a Zoom workshop last Monday on how to prepare a pollinator plot for planting. The basics include knowing your soil characteristics; removing existing vegetation, typically, with a combination of tillage and herbicides, or by covering the plot with plastic to sterilize the soil; planting in clumps; making a commitment to water and control weeds, espe...


Pollinator Week events continue

News from LCCD LAKE COUNTY — The Lake County Conservation District welcomes spring with Pollinator Week, April 2-11. In addition to giving away free pollinator seed mixes made specifically for Lake County, the organizations is hosting an online scavenger hunt with prizes, a site prep workshop, tri...


USDA seeks innovative partner-led projects delivering sustainable agricultural solutions

News from USDA  BOZEMAN — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking proposals to fund up to $75 million in new, unique projects under the Regional Conservation Partnership Program’s Alternative Funding Arrangements that take innovative and non-traditional approaches to conservation ...


Sharecropper lease open near Kalispell

News from MT Fish, Wildlife & Par ks Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is requesting proposals from qualified applicants for an agricultural lease on approximately 100 acres at the Ray Kuhns Wildlife Management Area north of Kalispell. The Ray Kuhns WMA, situated along Farm to Market Road, provid...


Governor Gianforte, Ag Development Council announce GTA awards

    News from the Governor’s Office HELENA — Governor Gianforte and the Agriculture Development Council announced the recipients of $834,646 in grants and loans awarded through the Growth Through Agriculture program.   “Expanding value-added agriculture helps Mont...


‘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, re...


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...


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