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Montana Ag Network Report: March 15th

The U.S.D.A – National Agricultural Statistics Service, is seeking nominations to the Agriculture Statistics Advisory Committee .

Members of this committee advise the Secretary of Agriculture on the scope, timing, and content of periodic agricultural surveys.

The committee consists of 22 members.

Application forms may be found on the National Agricultural Statistics Service website.


The Montana Pulse Crop Committee will be holding a public meeting this next week.

The gathering will be held at 9:00 am on Tuesday, March 19th in Bozeman at the Gran-Tree Inn

That’s located at (13-25 N 7th Avenue).

Some of the topics on the agenda are – discussion into pulse growing locations and where the committee might be able to collect plant pest samples..

They’ll also take a look at crop prices and trends of 2019.


The Great Falls-MSU Cascade County Extension and Cascade County Weed and Mosquito… are presenting a free seminar on noxious weed and vertebrate control.

The seminar, named “Pesky Pests: Identification, biology, and control of noxious weeds and vertebrates”

Will be held on Monday, April 1st in Great Falls.

The free workshop will be from 1 to 5:00 p.m.at the MSU Cascade County Extension office located in the Skyline Education Center.


After receiving significant interest from producers and stakeholders throughout the state…

The Montana Department of Agriculture Director Ben Thomas announced Thursday that nine individuals have been appointed to the Montana Hemp Advisory Committee.

The committee will hold its first meeting on Wednesday, April 3, 2019 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm in Room 225 at the Montana Department of Agriculture (302 N. Roberts, Helena, MT 59601).

The first meeting will include an overview of Montana’s State Hemp Plan, commodity dealer licensing, and a discussion on how hemp laws are implemented in Montana.

The meeting is open to the public.


The U.S.D.A. and N.R.C.S. is offering additional funding through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program – to target specific resource concerns in Montana.

That being sage grouse habitat in the state.

The National Organic Initiative will assist producers with conservation practices on agricultural operations related to organic production.

And the Environmental Quality Incentives Program – offers financial and technical assistance to eligible participants who wish to install or implement structural and management practices on eligible agricultural land.

Through this initiative, landowners can help to bring cropland in sage-grouse habitat back to perennial species to improve not only sage-grouse habitat, but  many other species that depend on large, intact landscapes.

Jason Laird

Jason Laird

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