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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’ mental health. Now, a new study of 125 Montana farmers and ranchers shows that more than 70 percent of those farmers and ranchers agree that climate change is having an impact on their agricultural business. Moreover, nearly three quarters of the respondents say they are experiencing moderate to high levels of anxiety when thinking about climate change and its effects on agric...

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...

Free seeds, workshops, activities on March 7

News from Farm Hands - Nourish the Flathead KALISPELL — Free the Seeds! returns to Flathead Valley Community College on Saturday, March 7, for a fifth year of interactive workshops, activities, seed sharing and more. Organizers expect more than 1,000 people to attend this free fair, which runs 9 a...

Conference spotlights: innovative technologies to build healthy soils

News from National Center for Appropriate Technology A movement has been growing around the world as farmers, ranchers, food companies, policy makers, and scientists alike realize the importance of soil health. A variety of emerging technologies and innovative practices are being adopted widely by produ...

USDA reminds producers of advance payment option

BOZEMAN — USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service reminds historically underserved producers, who are participating in the Environmental Quality Incentives Program, of the advance payment option. This option allows them to get conservation practice payments in advance of practice implementa...

Cropping seminars offered

From MSU News Service Montana State University Extension will host a free, annual cropping seminar series on Jan. 6-10 in Fort Benton, Stanford, Havre, Chester, Shelby, Cut Bank, Conrad, Choteau and Great Falls. Speakers will cover crop diseases and management, oilseed crops, cropping decision tools and...

Seven farming workshops offered

RONAN — “Planning for On-Farm Success” is a set of seven workshops offered by Lake County Community Development and the Community Food and Agriculture Coalition to help farmers produce high-value products and manage their farming business to maximize profits. The workshops will be held on W...

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