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Black Grass Bugs Are Back!

Courtesy PR Extension Just in the last week, the black grass bug hammered crested wheatgrass hard, according to Mary Rumph, Powder River Extension Agent. People will first notice an “anemic” look to the grass in some areas, where it should be...

 

Alyssum is Everywhere!

Courtesy PR Extension Early annual weeds are impacting the range, according to Extension Agent Mary Rumph. Yellow alyssum (Alyssum alyssoides) and desert alyssum (Alyssum desertorum) are non-native, annual, weedy forbs (i.e., herbs) that are...

 

Montana Leopold Conservation Award Seeks Applicants

HELENA, MT -- A prestigious award that celebrates voluntary conservation by farmers, ranchers and other landowners is coming to Montana. Montana is the latest state where Sand County Foundation presents the Leopold Conservation Award®. Given in hono...

 

Montana Department Of Livestock Conducting Tuberculosis Investigations

Helena, Mont. - The Montana Department of Livestock (MDOL) is conducting cattle testing related to the diagnosis of bovine tuberculosis (TB) in animals during routine inspection conducted at out-of-state slaughter establishments. These...

 

Montana NRCS Announces 2019 Honey Bee Pollinator Initiative

BOZEMAN, Mont., April 11, 2019–The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering additional funding through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to target honey bee pollinator resource concerns in Montana in 2019....

 

Ag Census shows changes in Montana Agriculture

Report shows demographic changes, loss of farm income Helena, Mont. – USDA’s National Agricultural Statistic Service recently released the 2017 Census of Agriculture, highlighting several key data points important to Montana’s agriculture...

 

DNRC reminding public: Deadline to file exempt water right claims is June 30

HELENA, Mont. – The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) would like to remind water right owners that the deadline for filing a claim on their exempt water rights is June 30, 2019. The 2017 Montana Legislature created...

 

NRCS Announces EQIP Cropland Seeding and Organic Initiatives

BOZEMAN, Mont., March 14, 2019–The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering additional funding through its Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) to target specific resource concerns in Montana in 2019: Sage Grouse...

 

Poor Weather makes for tough calving

A story which has played out around the countryside due to the cold temps and deep snow is told in pictures. A calf, hypothermic and near death, is plucked from the snow and brought inside the...

 

FSA Urges Producers to Consider Crop Risk Protection Coverage before March 15 Deadline

BOZEMAN, Montana, March 11, 2019 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director Mike Foster reminds producers to review available USDA crop risk protection options, including federal crop insurance and...

 

Attention all Cattle and Sheep Producers:

Powder River County is now sending out new predator control forms. The new forms are a combined setup with the Dept of Livestock and Powder River County Predator Control, and encompass, fixed wing, helicopter and ground control. These forms are...

 

Livestock Reports Due March 1

Montanans have just a few more weeks to report the livestock they own in order to pay the per capita fees set yearly by the Montana Board of Livestock. Livestock reports are due March 1. Owners can report online at Report YourLivestock.mt.gov....

 

USDA to Reopen FSA Offices for Additional Services During Government Shutdown

(Washington, D.C., January 22, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced that all Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices nationwide will soon reopen to provide additional administrative services to farmers and ranchers during...

 

MT Dept of Revenue: Livestock Owners Must Report by March 1

Helena – The Montana Department of Revenue is reminding all livestock owners that they need to report their livestock to the department by March 1, 2019. Livestock owners can report the number of livestock they own as of February 1 online at...

 

MT Dept. of Agriculture Requesting Specialty Crop Block Grant Applications

Helena, Mont. - The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) is now accepting applications for an estimated $1.5 million in federal funding available through the Specialty Crop Block Grant (SCBG) program. This competitive grant program is designed to...

 

Annual Extension Ag Winter Series Scheduled

Interesting topics and great speakers are slated for the Extension Ag Winter Series scheduled for the afternoon of January 8th, according to Powder River Extension Agent Mary Rumph. The program will kick off at 12:30 p.m. at the Broadus Community...

 

Annie's Project Focuses on Ag Loans and Marketing

The second week of Annie’s Project featured two topics of interest to women in agriculture, understanding agriculture loans and marketing, according to Powder River Extension Agent Mary Rumph. “The purpose of Annie’s Project, a six-week...

 

AQHA Recognizes 50-Year Breeder

The American Quarter Horse Association, Amarillo – The American Quarter Horse Association honored this year's 50-year breeders at a ceremony October 22 at the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame...

 

Upcoming USDA Farm Service Agency deadlines for Farmers and Ranchers

Upcoming USDA Farm Service Agency Deadlines for Farmers and Ranchers • Nov. 12: All Hay Bales Must be Removed from Managed Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) • Nov. 15: 2019 Acreage Reporting Deadline for Apiculture, Perennial Forage, Pasture,...

 

Department of Livestock Announces New Brucellosis Rules

Helena, Mont. – The Montana Department of Livestock (MDOL) has adopted changes to rules affecting vaccination requirements and the boundary of the Designated Surveillance Area (DSA). The newly adopted brucellosis vaccination rule (ARM 32.3.433)...

 

USDA Commodity Loans Available to Powder River County Producers

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Powder River County Farm Service Agency reminds producers that Marketing Assistance Loans (MALs) and Loan Deficiency Payments (LDPs) are available to help producers through periods of low market prices. The 2014...

 

Annie's Project Registration Open

“Real Colors” will kick off the first Annie’s Project on Monday, November 5th, according to Extension Agent Mary Rumph. Custer County Extension Agent Tara Andrews will lead the first workshop at the 6-week series designed to empower women in...

 

First Confirmed Equine Case of West Nile Virus in Montana for 2018

Helena, Mont. – The Montana Department of Livestock has received the first reported cases of equine West Nile Virus in Montana for 2018 in Musselshell and Lake Counties. This follows detection of the virus in mosquito surveillance pools from...

 

Nitrate Testing Available for Forages

"One would think that if there was ever a year that nitrate levels would not be a concern, this would be it," stated Powder River Extension Agent Mary Rumph. "However," she added, "we are seeing some...

 

Mid-Summer Plants of Interest

"Now that the alyssum has dried up and is no longer prevalent, a couple new plants have taken over the range," according to Powder River Extension Agent Mary Rumph. Primarily found in introduced...

 

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