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Organic Agriculture Training Available In Billings, Dec 6-7

Submitted by Margaret Scoles, https://www.ioia.net The National Center for Appropriate Technology, along with nationally recognized organic leaders, including the International Organic Inspectors Association of Broadus, will offer an Organic Academy...

 

Ventenata Will Make You Wish For Cheatgrass

By PR Extension Office "In a year like this, with abundant grass lasting into the fall, livestock should be satisfied," commented MSU Powder River Extension Agent Mary Rumph. "Unless, of course,...

 

Yucca Weevil Killing Yucca Plants

By PR Extension Office The primary cause of dying yucca plants has recently been detected, according to MSU Powder River Extension Agent Mary Rumph. “For a few years, I have noticed dying yucca plants throughout rangeland and have received...

 

Make It With Wool

Submitted By Christine Keltner The Montana Make It With Wool program is gearing up for another fantastic year of creativity through our traditional garment making contest, and the Quilt, Applique Project, and Afghan contest. Brochures and Entry...

 

MASGD Seeks Historic Photos and Documents Telling the Story of Montana Grazing Districts

HELENA, Mont. (August 22, 2022) – The Montana Association of State Grazing Districts (MASGD) is seeking historic photos or documents from ranchers that tell the more than 80 year story of Montana grazing districts. MASGD has recently launched a...

 

Bum Show Best at the Fair!

By PR Extension Office "Powder River County, these are your future 4-H and FFA members," said judge Kevin Murnin as he visited with each of the young exhibitors, learning the names of the 13 bums...

 

Great Livestock Show at the County Fair!

By PR Extension Office The Schroeder family excelled again this year at the Fair, and as judge Kevin Murnin noted, "The animal in the show ring today reflects the work they have done with their...

 

A Full Day for 4-H Riders and Mounts

By PR Extension Office The first day of Fair competition was in the outdoor arena, venue for a multitude of classes for 4-H horse exhibitors and their projects ranging from yearling colts to senior...

 

Life Skills Gained In Showmanship

By PR Extension Office 4-H livestock judge Kevin Murnin shared his philosophy of showmanship during the beef show at the Powder River County Fair. "How you show up is important," he stated. "You...

 

Physical Loss Loans Available For Montana Producers Affected By Natural Disasters

Courtesy USDA Physical loss loans can help producers repair or replace damaged or destroyed physical property essential to the success of the agricultural operation, including livestock losses. Examples of property commonly affected include...

 

MSU Extension And GoatMT To Host Public Field Days About Meat Goats

BOZEMAN — The organizers of a new program to educate Montanans about meat goats as an income opportunity are hosting two free, public field days that will focus on meat goat production, marketing, predation, regulations and related topics. Registra...

 

Test Annual Forages for Nitrates

By PR Extension Office As annual forages are being cut for hay, it is important to test for nitrate levels, according to Powder River Extension Agent Mary Rumph. “This is a year when I wouldn’t expect nitrate levels in cereal grains to be...

 

Powder River Conservation District Seeks Input on Local Natural Resource Concerns and Priorities

By Shanna Talcott, Broadus District Conservationist The Powder River Conservation District in partnership with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Broadus field office are gathering input from local stakeholders on how NRCS can most...

 

Rangeland Management of Invasive Weeds Workshop

By PR Extension Office The effects of drought and heavy use by livestock and grasshoppers have impacted the plant communities in our rangeland. A workshop to address the changes that are occurring is scheduled for Thursday, July 7th at the Broadus...

 

Dept. of Agriculture Reminds Producers to Sign Up to be Counted in Ag Census

2022 Ag Census sign up ends June 30th Helena, Mont. – The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) is reminding agricultural producers to sign up for the 2022 Census of Agriculture before June 30th. Taken only once every five years by the United Sta...

 

Catchweed is Thriving

By PR Extension Office Annual weeds are skyrocketing with the moisture received in May, according to MSU Powder River Extension Agent Mary Rumph. The weed of the week is Catchweed (Boraginaceae). “Samples of catchweed that I’ve seen are about 4...

 

Scout For Alfalfa Weevil

By PR Extension Office A chronic problem for many producers is the alfalfa weevil, a key insect pest of alfalfa, causing variable levels of economic damage across Montana each growing season according to Powder River Extension Agent Mary Rumph. “I...

 

Bulbous Bluegrass Is Loving The Moisture

By PR Extension Office “The bulbous bluegrass is taking full advantage of the moisture this spring” stated Powder River Extension Agent Mary Rumph. Rumph described the invader as a thin stemmed, wiry grass that cures early and is often found in a...

 

Grasshopper Outlook For Powder River County

By PR Extension Office “The good news is that we’ve received much needed moisture and that according to the 2022 APHIS Grasshopper Hazard Map, Powder River County is not in the red zone,” according to Mary Rumph, MSU Extension Powder River...

 

Black Grass Bugs Impacting Crested Wheatgrass

By PR Extension Office With the recent moisture, the crested wheatgrass has shot up in growth. Unfortunately, we are also seeing damage from the black grass bug, according to Mary Rumph, Powder River Extension Agent. Most notable is the...

 

Free Counseling Services Now Available to MT's Ag Community

Helena, Mont. - The Montana Department of Agriculture and Frontier Psychiatry have partnered to provide free access to counseling for Montanans involved in agriculture. Funded through the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm and Ra...

 

Updates from the PR County Weed District

By Tammy Vantine The Powder River County Weed District (PRCOWD) would like to share the following information. Chemical prices are going up again this year and availability of some products are becoming scarce. PRCOWD will be selling chemical at the...

 

Bur Buttercup Flourishes

By PR Extension Office Seemingly unaffected by drought, bur buttercup is growing and blooming. This small yellow flowering annual is one of the earliest weeds to appear in the spring according to Powder River Extension Agent Mary Rumph. It is a...

 

Un-Recorded Brands Up For Application

By MT Dept of Livestock On April 1, 2022, any brand that was not re-recorded during the 2021 Montana Livestock Brand Re-record event can be applied for. If you are planning to apply for or plan to hand deliver an application to Helena for a Montana...

 

Benefits of Early Calving Are Increasing Due to Late Winter Warming

By The Agricultural Research Service On rangelands of the Western U.S., calving in late winter instead of spring maximizes calf growth (weight) by supplying high-quality forage when its most needed, according to a study by the United States...

 

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