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Montana's Conservation Districts and the Stream Permitting Process

By Liz Riter, NRCS Broadus Healthy rivers and streams are important to Montanans for their lives and livelihoods: providing fisheries, clean water, recreation and aesthetics, agriculture and...

 

MT Farmers and Ranchers May Now Apply for Financial Assistance through USDA's Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Contributed by Mike Riley, Broadus FSA Office (Ed: This new program may apply to producers of cattle, hogs, and sheep, as well as certain farmed crops.) Agricultural producers can now apply for USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), whi...

 

Bulbous Bluegrass Spreading

Courtesy PR Extension Office “Bulbous bluegrass is spreading everywhere,” 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 areas vegetated by downy...

 

Be on the Lookout for Grasshoppers

Courtesy PR Extension Office Grasshoppers are common pests in Montana particularly in the central and eastern regions. Based on high populations late last summer, the prediction for Powder River County is for high numbers of grasshoppers,...

 

Livestock Per Capita Fee Payments Due May 31

HELENA – The Montana Departments of Livestock and Revenue would like to thank the livestock owners that have reported and paid their 2020 per capita livestock fees. The per capita fees provide critical funding for programs that benefit livestock...

 

Watch for Black Grass Bugs

Courtesy PR Extension Office With the recent warm temperatures, the crested wheat grass has shot up in growth. Unfortunately, this is also the time of year that we normally see the black grass bug explode, according to Mary Rumph, Powder River Exte...

 

Native Forbs are Blooming, Including Death Camas

Courtesy PR Extension Office The native forbs are blooming, enhancing the prairie with splashes of color. Unfortunately, not all that is growing is desirable, according to Mary Rumph, Powder River Extension Agent. “In addition to the grass and...

 

Powder River County Predator Control Report

March 26 - April 25 Coyotes: 189 Landowners Covered: 38 3 fox and 2 fox dens Data courtesy of the County Predator Control Board Kill report is based solely on county control measures....

 

Alyssum is Back

Courtesy PR Extension Office A very fine stemmed, short, yellow blooming annual weed is now present, according to Extension Agent Mary Rumph. Yellow alyssum (Alyssum alyssoides) and desert alyssum (Alyssum desertorum) are non-native, annual, weedy...

 

Catchweed Bedstraw Emerging Nuisance Weed

Courtesy PR Extension Office A nuisance weed, Catchweed Bedstraw, is just starting to grow this spring, according to Extension Agent Mary Rumph. “Reports are that the catchweed is about 4” tall,” said Rumph. “It is often unnoticed until it...

 

Spring Prairie Dog Control Important

Courtesy PR Extension Office Prairie dog control methods, though limited in the spring, are valuable because of the timing for optimum control of the litters, according to Extension Agent Mary Rumph. Prairie dogs are social animals that live in...

 

Optimum Time for Pocket Gopher Control is Now

By Powder River Extension Agent Mary Rumph The “stay at home” order might provide ag families with an additional labor source at home able to help trap pocket gophers this spring. With the warmer weather, I’ve noticed fresh pocket gopher...

 

Department of Livestock Issues Guidance for Branding Season

Agriculture, and the protection of our food supply, has been declared critical infrastructure by the Department of Homeland Security during the COVID-19 response. This declaration means that we have a responsibility to maintain continuity within our...

 

Prepare for Grass Tetany in Livestock

Courtesy PR Extension Service With warm temperatures and moisture, the grass is greening up and cattle and sheep are chasing the new growth, noted MSU/Powder River County Extension Agent Mary Rumph. Producers are encouraged to take precautions to...

 

Mini-Grants Available via Growth Through Agriculture Program

Grants up to $5,000 available Helena, Mont. – The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) announced mini-grant funding is now available through its Growth Through Agriculture (GTA) Program. All projects will need to demonstrate how they expand...

 

Bur Buttercup Appearing!

By PR Extension Office Last week Powder River Extension received its first call of the spring regarding a nuisance weed – bur buttercup! One of the earliest weeds to appear in the spring, as early as the mustards, is a small yellow flowering...

 

Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch looking for generous ranchers

The Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch is looking for area ranchers to help out in their “Homes for Heifers” program. As a member of the program, a rancher has the option to receive a bred heifer from the Boys and Girls Ranch. The heifer, which...

 

USDA Farm Service Agency Livestock Program Reminder

Submitted by Mike Riley Montana livestock producers are reminded to keep updated livestock inventory records. These records are necessary in the event of a natural disaster. The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP), administered by USDA Farm Service Age...

 

Alyssa Riley awarded the PR Conservation District Scholarship

By Liz Riter Alyssa Riley was recently awarded a scholarship by the Powder River Conservation District, which will be used by Alyssa during her spring semester in vet school. She is the daughter of...

 

The Importance of the Calf's First Meal

By Mike Schuldt, MSU Extension, Custer County The importance of colostrum as the first meal for a newborn is well known in all species; however, the importance of timing has been a topic of research....

 

Landowners Invited to Forest Fuels Information Meeting

Submitted by Corey Swenson Anyone one who owns or operates land within the area encompassed by Hwy 212 on the north, the Sonnette Road on the east, Taylor Creek Road on the south and Otter Creek Hwy (484) on the west is cordially invited to attend...

 

Grazing Association to hold annual meeting

By Jackie Walden The Ashland Fort Howes Grazing Association will hold their annual meeting on Friday, February 21 at 2:00 p.m. at the Ashland Public School. Three organizations have committed to speak at that meeting on the value each organization...

 

Powder River County FSA reminds agricultural producers of the following FSA dates and deadlines

Submitted by Mike Riley Contact the office to sign up and with any questions, at 436-2321. Dec. 9, 2019 to Feb. 28, 2020: General Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) Signup Period Sept. 3, 2019 to March 15, 2020: 2019 Agricultural Risk Coverage Price...

 

Montana Historical Society accepting applications for Centennial Farm and Ranch properties

The Montana Historical Society (MHS) is now accepting applications for the Centennial Farm and Ranch program. New inductees will receive a framed certificate signed by the governor, recognition at the “Ag Day” ceremony in the State Capitol...

 

Montana Leopold Conservation Award Seeks Applicants

BOZEMAN, MT – Know a Montana rancher, farmer or forester who goes above and beyond in the care and management of natural resources? Nominate them for the 2020 Montana Leopold Conservation Award®. Sand County Foundation presents the Leopold...

 

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