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USDA to Provide $4 million For Honey Bee Habitat

WASHINGTON, Oct.29, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that more than $4 million in technical and financial assistance will be provided to help farmers and ranchers in the Midwest improve the health of honey bees, which play an important role in crop production.

"The future of America's food supply depends on honey bees, and this effort is one way USDA is helping improve the health of honey bee populations," Vilsack said. "Significant progress has been made in understanding the factors that are associated with Colony Collapse Disorder and the overall health of honey bees, and this funding will allow us to work with farmers and ranchers to apply that knowledge over a broader area."

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IRS says Montana farmers and ranchers have more replacement time

PHOENIX - Montana farmers and ranchers who previously were forced to sell livestock due to drought, like the drought currently affecting much of the nation, have an extended period of time in which to replace the livestock and defer tax on any gains from the forced sales, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) recently announced.

Farmers and ranchers who due to drought sell more livestock than they normally would may defer tax on the extra gains from those sales. To qualify, the livestock generally must be replaced within a four-year period. The IRS is authorized to extend this period if the drought continues.

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Over $1 million available to fight noxious weeds

News Release from Montana Department of Agriculture

The Montana Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for grant funding from the Noxious Weed Trust Fund (NWTF). Grant applications are due by December 1, 2014.

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Montana FSA: Montana Agricultural Producers Invited to Nov. 10th Farm Bill Webinar on New Programs

BOZEMAN, Mont., Oct. 28, 2014 – Montana agricultural producers are invited to participate in an online webinar on Nov. 10 to learn about important new programs authorized by the Agricultural Act of 2014, also known as the 2014 Farm Bill.

The webinar, hosted by USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), USDA Risk Management Agency (RMA) and Montana State University (MSU), provides producers with an overview of FSA’s Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs, as well as RMA’s Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) Program. MSU will demonstrate ARC/PLC online decision tools.

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Montana FSA: USDA extends Dairy Margin Protection Program deadlines

GRAPEVINE, Texas, Oct. 29, 2014 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, speaking at the National Milk Producers Federation annual meeting, today announced extended deadlines for the dairy Margin Protection Program. Farmers now have until Dec. 5, 2014, to enroll in the voluntary program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill. The program provides financial assistance to participating farmers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below the coverage level selected by the farmer. 

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