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Ronan resident participates in statewide ag leadership program Ronan resident participates in statewide ag leadership program

News from Josh Sencal, REAL Montana member BOZEMAN — Ronan resident Josh Senecal just returned from Bozeman as part of REAL Montana (Resource Education and Agriculture Leadership). For Josh Senecal and other members of REAL Montana Class V, this was the first of ten seminars in their two-year educational program. While in Bozeman, the class completed personality assessments, participated in a high ropes course, and received training on networking and building relationships. Class members participated in the first module in a series focused on fundamental attributes of personal and organizational leadership with Ara Megerdichian. The Class participated in an educational tour of...

MT grown foods account for $160M in local sales

News from the National Center for Appropriate Technology MONTANA — The Grow Montana Food Policy Coalition has released a new report showing locally grown and sold foods make a big impact to Montana communities. The report, “Economic Value and Impact of Local Food in Montana,” was compl...

Growth Through Agriculture Program accepting applications

News from the MT Dept. of Agriculture HELENA — The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) is reminding folks that the Growth Through Agriculture program (GTA) is accepting applications for this year’s funding cycle. The application deadline is Sept. 12 at 5 p.m.  MDA staff will hold...

Department of Livestock keeps improving disease preparedness

News from Mara Silvers / Montana Free Press HELENA — The legislative committee that oversees the state health department voted Friday to delay implementation of the agency’s proposed rule expanding religious exemptions to required vaccines at childcare and daycare centers. The 9-1 vote to...

USDA investing $197M in partner-driven, locally led conservation  

News from USDA BOZEMAN — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced on Aug. 12 it is awarding $197 million for 41 locally led conservation projects through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). RCPP is a partner-driven program that leverages partner resources to advance in...

Free on-farm raw milk training

News from AERO MONTANA — Two free on-farm raw milk production trainings for Montana farmers and value-added producers to learn methods for low-risk production of raw milk for direct-to-consumer sales under new law.   Raw Milk Training best practices for safe production will be held: &nb...

Additional detections of Avian Influenza confirmed in Montana

News from the MT Dept. of Livestoc k HELENA — On Monday, July 24, the Montana Department of Livestock (MDOL) announced confirmation of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) in a Flathead County backyard poultry flock. This is the 10th HPAI affected Montana flock linked to a 2022 wave of HPAI inf...

USDA seeks applications

News from USDA  BOZEMAN — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is making $43.1 million available this year for two national-level funding competitions that support community agriculture.  This is the third year that USDA is offering these national funding opportunities through the USDA ...

USDA to be flexibile

News from USDA MONTANA — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will allow Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) participants who are in the final year of their CRP contract to request voluntary termination of their CRP contract following the end of the primary nesting season for fiscal year 2022....

Mission Valley Ag Days teaches the next generation of food producers Mission Valley Ag Days teaches the next generation of food producers

News and Photos from Lake Farms, Inc. RONAN — Over 350 fourth graders from across the county spent a day at the Senecal Ranch recently for Mission Valley Ag Days. The Northwest Counties Farm Bureau and the Western Montana Stockgrowers both teamed up with the Lake County Conservation District, MSU ...


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