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Montana FSA: USDA provides one-time extension of deadline to update base acres or yield history for ARC/PLC programs

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2015 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that a one-time extension will be provided to producers for the new safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres has been extended one additional month, from Feb. 27, 2015 until March 31, 2015.  The final day for farm owners and producers to choose ARC or PLC coverage also remains March 31, 2015.

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MFBF members in Washington, D.C. discuss issues, visit lawmakers

Six Montana Farm Bureau members spent the week in Washington, D.C. visiting policymakers and discussing the most pressing issues facing agriculture. They joined more than 500 other Farm Bureau members from 43 states for American Farm Bureau Federation’s Issues Advisory Committee meetings and Advocacy Conference.  Issues discussed covered a wide range of topics including immigration, tax reform, international trade, the Endangered Species Act, water regulation and biotechnology.

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Traditional seed show mixes with fun events for whole family March 12-14

HARLEM, Mont.- The place to be for Montana crop and livestock producers and their families in mid March is the 66th annual Montana Seed Show in Harlem, Mont. The show runs from Thursday, March 12 to Saturday, March 14.

Harlem is located in north central Montana near the Milk River, which provides water for producers irrigating crops in the valley, including hard red spring wheat, oats, barley, peas and more. There is also lots of hay grown under irrigation in this region.

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Conservation Stewardship Program sign-up extended to March 13

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended the sign-up period for the 2015 edition of the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) – the federal farm bill’s largest working lands conservation program. Farmers and ranchers now have two additional weeks – until March 13 – to complete the initial application form.

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BNSF plans $124 million capital program in Montana for railway system

BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) today announced that its 2015 capital program for its operations in Montana will be an estimated $124 million for rail maintenance and capacity improvement projects. Unlike other modes of freight transportation, U.S. railroads own and maintain their own networks. To ensure BNSF’s network operates at optimal efficiency, each year the company allocates capital for infrastructure and expansion projects that will enable it to serve the growing needs of customers from a broad cross section of the economy.

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