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Chronic wasting disease (CWD) sampling results continue to come in

Samples from 25 deer harvested around the state tested positive for chronic wasting disease last week. The majority of the new positive samples were from animals harvested within CWD Management Zones, where the disease is known to exist. Two of the...

 

Region 6 Havre-Area Check Station Results for the 2019 Season

The final results are in from the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Havre check station for the 2019 hunting season. The check station was open for eight weekends; from Oct. 12 (the open of general antelope) through Dec. 1 (the end of the deer/elk...

 

2019 and 2020 Enrollment for Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage Programs Underway

Agricultural producers can now enroll in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs, two popular safety net programs, for the 2019 crop year. Interested producers must sign up for either program by March 15, 2020. The...

 

USDA Issues Second Tranche of Market Facilitation Program

(Washington, D.C., November 15, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the second tranche of 2019 Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to unjustified trade...

 

Great American Smokeout: You can quit Vaping or Smoking

For more than 40 years, the American Cancer Society has hosted the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November. The Great American Smokeout is an opportunity for smokers to commit to healthy, smoke-free lives – not just for a day,...

 

USDA Invests $1.65 Million in Chinook Water Infrastructure

USDA is providing Chinook with a $865,000 grant and a $789,000 loan to improve water distribution. The project will replace fire hydrants and valves, and construct a new bulk water station, improving the water flow and ability to fight a fire. Craig...

 

USDA Encourages Affected Producers to Contact Agents for Delayed Harvest

WASHINGTON, October 24, 2019 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) said today that producers who currently participate in Federal crop insurance and are experiencing a delay in harvesting their crop should contact their Approved Insurance Pro...

 

Producers Reminded of new Livestock Loss Payment Requirements

Helena, Mont. – Montana’s Livestock Loss Board pays livestock owners for verified livestock losses due to wolves, grizzly bears and mountain lions. SB 133 was passed during Montana’s 2019 legislative session and requires a livestock owner to...

 

Aaniiih Nakoda College hires Director of Nursing for the "Grow Our Own' nursing program

It was with great pleasure that Aaniiih Nakoda College presented to the Board of Nursing in Helena on January 19th Ms. LaVerne Parker, RN, MSN, as the Director of our 'Grow Our Own' nursing program....

 

Oilseed Growers Petition MDA to Create Advisory Committee Meeting set for December 3, 2019 in Great Falls

Helena, Mont. – The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) has received a verified petition from 25 Montana oilseed growers to create an advisory committee. MDA will hold a listening session to receive additional grower input regarding the...

 

Shooting Range Development Grant Applications Are Open

Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks announces that the application period to apply for a shooting range improvement grant is now open. Completed applications must be received no later than February 1, 2020. Montana’s Shooting Range Grant Program,...

 

Montana Department of Commerce Announces New Grants Part of Community-Driven Initiative to Boost Tourism in Eastern Montana

HELENA, Mont. – The Montana Department of Commerce today announced grant awards as part of a new, community-led initiative to encourage long-term tourism and economic development in eastern Montana communities. The Eastern Montana Tourism Partner...

 

Mule deer buck harvested in Hunting District 630 suspected positive for CWD

A mule deer buck harvested by an archery hunter last month is suspected to be positive of chronic wasting disease. The hunter had submitted the lymph nodes from the deer for testing. A follow up test is being ran to confirm the results. This marks...

 

USDA Honors 25 Years of Tribal Land - Grant Universities and their Contributions

Editor’s Note - Aaniiih Nakoda College is one of the Tribal Colleges that has Land Grant Status. WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture today honored the 25th anniversary of the legislation that recognized 29 tribal...

 

Ag Producers Invited to Attend Blaine County ARC/PLC Meetings October 23rd and 24th 2019

SU) are hosting Farm Bill meetings on October 23rd, at 1:00 p.m. at the Havre High School Auditorium located at 900 18th Street in Havre Montana and on October 24th, at 8:00 a.m. at the Phillips County Library located at 10 South 4th Street East in...

 

Now Open: 2020 Youth Serve Montana Scholarship for Applications Award benefits 100 Montana seniors for performing volunteer service

HELENA, MT- The Governor’s Office of Community Service, Reach Higher Montana, and Montana Campus Compact are pleased to announce applications are now being accepted for the 2020 Youth Serve Montana Scholarship. The Youth Serve Montana Scholarship...

 

Attention Bird Hunters: You need to be bear aware

With the Oct. 12 opening of pheasant season, bird hunters around Montana will be beating the brush hoping to flush a rooster or two. These hunters, particularly in the western half of the state, should be prepared for an encounter with a grizzly...

 

Local Physician Heads to Holland with U.S. Eventing Team

Havre, Montana – Dr. Michelle Donaldson is an Orthopedic Surgeon at the Northern Montana Specialty Medical Center in Havre. She has spent the last 19 years as a team physician for the US Olympic... Full story

 

Tristan Billmayer Family announces winner of 2019 Mental Health Field Scholarship

The family of Tristan Billmayer is pleased to announce the winner of the 2019 Mental Health Field Scholarship in the amount of $500. Kiera Miller, a 2016 graduate of North Star High School is the...

 

Social Security helps Veterans and Active Duty Military Members

Every year on Veterans Day, our nation honors the people who risk their lives to protect our country. Social Security’s disability program is an important part of our obligation to wounded warriors and their families. For military members who retur...

 

Iota Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma

The local Iota Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International for women educators held their first meeting of the 2019-2020 year on Monday, September 23 at the Chinook Grill. Following the business meeting, Samantha French, Director of the...

 

Milk River Watershed Alliance Educational Video Completed

he Milk River Watershed Alliance (MRWA) is very happy to announce that the St Mary Educational Video has been successfully completed. This comes as a great big “Thank You” to anyone and everyone who played a part in the reality of our end...

 

Blaine County celebrates 10 years of smoke-free indoor air October 1, 2019 marks the 10-year anniversary of the full implementation of the Montana Clean Indoor Air Act.

In 2005, the Montana legislature passed the Clean Indoor Air Act (CIAA), one of the most important public health policies in state history. The law was fully implemented on October 1, 2009. The U.S. Surgeon General concluded in 2006 that there is no...

 

Hemp Processor License Now Available in Montana

Helena, Mont. – As hemp growers throughout Montana harvest the 2019 crop, the Montana Department of Agriculture has announced that a Hemp Processor License is now available. The department has created a hemp processing license to provide...

 

State and local health officials close Cow Creek Reservoir near Chinook Testing indicates high levels of potentially dangerous algae

CHINOOK – Blaine County health officials reported Thursday that a test performed for cyanotoxins associated with a blue-green algae bloom at Cow Creek Reservoir has returned with high results. As a result, state and local health officials...

 

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