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MSU Extension Drought Series

Courtesy PR Extension Office The Montana State University (MSU) Extension Ranching Systems Team has scheduled a series of drought management programs across the state in late April. The series is in response to the April 6th Drought Monitor map...

 

Preparing Your Operation for Drought

By Megan Van Emon, MSU Extension Beef Cattle Specialist, Courtesy PR Extension Office Much of the state has been experiencing Spring-like weather for the past few weeks, which has made for a pleasant calving season. However, based on snowfall and...

 

Prepare for Grass Tetany in Livestock

Courtesy PR Extension Office 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....

 

Optimum Time for Prairie Dog Control is Now

Courtesy PR Extension Office The window for using one of the most effective tools for controlling prairie dogs is quickly disappearing, according to MSU Powder River Extension Agent Mary Rumph. “Two products are available for use until March...

 

Grasshopper Suppression Program Update

By PR Extension Office “We can only hope that -25 degrees will freeze grasshopper eggs,” stated Powder River Extension Agent Mary Rumph, “since everything else seems to freeze at that temperature!” Unfortunately, Gary Adams, Entomologist...

 

USDA Extends General Signup for Conservation Reserve Program

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is extending the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) General Signup period, which had previously been announced as ending on Feb. 12, 2021. USDA will continue to accept offers as it takes this...

 

USDA Temporarily Suspends Debt Collections, Foreclosures on Farm Loans for Several Thousand Borrowers Due to Coronavirus

BOZEMAN, Montana, Jan. 27, 2021 – Due to the national public health emergency caused by coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the U.S. Department of Agriculture today announced the temporary suspension of past-due debt collections and foreclosures f...

 

Application Deadline is Feb 1 for Livestock Forage Disaster Program

Jan. 21, 2021 - Livestock producers in seven Montana counties are eligible to apply for 2020 Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP) benefits on small grain, native pasture, and/or improved pasture due to qualifying drought. Livestock producers in...

 

Extension Ag Winter Series Next Week

By PR Extension Office The annual Extension Ag Winter Series will be held on Wednesday, January 27th, according to Powder River Extension Agent Mary Rumph. The program will be held at the Broadus Community Center beginning at 1:00 p.m. Three...

 

Junior Ag Loans Available Through Montana Department of Agriculture

Loans up to $8,500 available to young Montana farmers and ranchers Helena, Mont. – Montana youth ages 21 and under may be eligible for up to $8,500 in loan financing through the Montana Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) Junior Agriculture Loan...

 

Annual Southeastern Extension Ag Winter Series coming up

By PR Extension Office Mark your calendars for Wednesday, January 27th for the annual Extension Winter Ag Series, encourages MSU Powder River Extension Agent Mary Rumph. In addition to parasite control in cattle, grasshoppers and forage production...

 

Conservation Easement Application Cutoff Date is February 5

BOZEMAN, Mont., January 4, 2021 – The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service in Montana is accepting applications for the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP). While NRCS accepts easement applications on a continuous basis,...

 

Grasshopper Suppression Update

By PR Extension Office More than eighty producers in Powder River County have indicated an interest in assistance through APHIS (Animal, Plant Health Inspection Service), for help suppressing grasshoppers in the summer of 2021, according to MSU...

 

Free Ranch Profitability Workshop coming up in January

By Liz Riter The Powder River Conservation District will be hosting a Ranch Profitability Workshop on January 12, 19, and 26th at the VFW Hall in Broadus. There will be three workshops, each building on the previous one, where participants work...

 

NRCS Offers Wildfire Recovery Assistance to Montana Ag Producers

Bozeman, Mont., December 15, 2020—The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is offering technical and financial assistance to agricultural landowners impacted by 2020 wildfires across Montana. NRCS is accepting applications for its...

 

USDA Announces Increase to Incentive Payments for Continuous Conservation Reserve Program

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture is increasing incentive payments for practices installed on land enrolled in the Continuous Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is upping the Practice Incentive...

 

Grasshopper Suppression Program Info Needed

By PR Extension Office Producers in Powder River County and adjacent areas concerned about potential damage from grasshoppers next summer are encouraged to contact the Powder River Extension Office at 436-2424 by December 10th. “The number of...

 

Grasshopper suppression program initiated

By PR Extension Office The 2021 Rangeland Grasshopper Hazard map based on adult surveys last summer has all of Powder River County in the red zone, according to Powder River Extension Agent Mary Rum...

 

USDA to Open Signup for the Conservation Reserve Program in Early 2021

BOZEMAN, Montana, Nov. 12, 2020 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the 2021 signup periods for general Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) and CRP Grasslands offers. General signup for CRP will be open from January 4, 2021...

 

Transferring the Ranch to the Next Generation is Challenging

Courtesy PR Extension Office As the average age of ranchers and farmers across the nation increases, the same is happening in Montana and Powder River County. “According to the 2017 Ag Statistics, nearly a third of the operators in our county...

 

High Grasshopper Populations Predicted for 2021

Courtesy PR Extension Office After dealing with drought and a severe grasshopper infestation throughout much of Powder River County this summer, landowners have expressed interest in controlling...

 

USDA Designates PR County as a Primary Natural Disaster Area

Emergency Support to Producers in Surrounding Counties/ Border State Also Available WASHINGTON, Sept. 11, 2020 — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated Powder River County, Montana, as a primary natural disaster area. Producers who suffered...

 

Field Sandbur, Buffalobur & Puncturevine

Courtesy PR Extension Office Now is a good time to control some of the late summer and early fall weeds, several of which are very prickly, according to Powder River Extension Agent Mary Rumph. “Field sandbur seeds stick to everything…shoe...

 

USDA Offers Disaster Assistance to Montana Farmers and Livestock Producers Impacted by Wildfires

BOZEMAN, Montana, Sept. 14, 2020 – Montana agricultural operations have been significantly impacted by the wildfires, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has technical and financial assistance available to help farmers and livestock...

 

Curlycup Gumweed Prevalent this Year

Courtesy PR Extension Office Curlycup gumweed, also known as rosinweed, has been plentiful in late summer, according to Powder River Extension Agent Mary Rumph. It is more prevalent most likely due to the drier conditions we experienced this...

 

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