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  • New partnership allows NRCS to provide free fence markers for sage grouse

    Kelsey Molloy|Jun 4, 2014

    Thanks to a new partnership with several agencies including Bureau of Land Management and Montana Association of Conservation Districts, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will now be able to offer free fence markers to interested landowners. Fence markers are used to reduce the risk of sage grouse collision with fences. NRCS can assist landowners in determining high risk areas where fence markers would be most useful in preventing collisions. In some parts of the greater sage-grouse range fence strikes occur with about 1 fence...

  • Phillips County Livestock Association hold Spring Meeting

    May 21, 2014

    The Phillips County Livestock Association held its spring meeting May 9 at the First State Bank. Hailey Shipp of the Northern Ag Network was the featured speaker. She stated that with a shortage of beef due to drought and a shortage of pork duet to the PED virus, poultry producers feel they are in prime position to fulfill people’s protein needs. Shipp encouraged producers to fill the void of misinfor-mation consumers are receiving about what they are eating. There is a lot of misinformation. She played a video from youtube that featured J...

  • Army Cutworms found in some winter wheat

    Marko Manoukian, For PCN|May 14, 2014

    The Extension Office has received call that army cutworms have been found in some winter wheat. Producers are encouraged to look for feeding on the above ground vegetation as an indication of army cutworms. Army cutworm larvae are nearly two inches long when fully grown, generally colored light gray with lighter markings and a pale stripe running down the back. Larvae feed above ground on the young stems of grasses and wheat at night, retreating under the soil during the day. Scraping the still...

  • Extension Office Celebrates Arbor Day

    May 14, 2014

    Phillips Conservation District, Malta Dirt Daubers Garden Club and Phillips County Extension held a celebration honoring National Arbor Day on April 25 with the first and second grade students at the Malta Elementary School. Extension Agent, Marko Manoukian demonstrated how to plant a seedling tree, gifted to students by the Conservation District. An official Arbor Day proclamation was read by Malta City Mayor, Shyla Jones. Colorado Blue Spruce seedlings were gifted to elementary students at...

  • Phillips County Livestock Association Meeting to host several speakers

    Apr 30, 2014

    The Phillips County Livestock Association will hold their Spring Meeting on Friday, May 9th at the First State Bank meeting room beginning at 2:00 pm. List of speakers include: Hallie Shipp, Montana Stockgrower Assoc., the PC Commissioners, BLM, County Predator Control Option and Vicki Olsen with PLC. We would like to invite you to attend and learn from this excellent list of speakers on items that directly impact our businesses. Please take time to attend this meeting....

  • Phillips County 4-H completes season with awards banquet at Stretches

    Apr 30, 2014

    The Phillips County 4-H Shooting Sports held their annual awards ceremony on April 27th at Stretch's Banquet Room. There were 64 youth that participated in the program this year. The youth shot for 8 weeks on the county level in archery, air rifle and air pistol disciplines. On the State level, the top 6 out of 10 scores were taken. There were 31 youth that participated in the 3P (prone, standing and kneeling) air rifle. The County results are as follows: Beginning Junior (9 & 10 year olds) with 2400 points possible; 1st –Brent Yeska (1787), 2...

  • Farm Bureau comments on The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act

    Montana Farm Bureau Federation|Apr 16, 2014

    The American Farm Bureau and Montana Farm Bureau are giving a cautious thumbs-up to H.R. 4432, The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act. “As the nation’s largest general farm organization, the American Farm Bureau represents farmers and ranchers who use every type of agricultural production system to provide the safest food possible both here in the U.S. and abroad,” noted AFBF President Bob Stallman. “Our farmers and ranchers are encouraged by the bipartisan leadership of Reps. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), G.K. Butter-field (D-N.C.), Marsha Blackbu...

  • USDA announces sign-up date for Farmer and Rancher Disaster Assistance Programs

    U.S. Department of Agriculture|Apr 16, 2014

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced today that farmers and ranchers can sign-up for disaster assistance programs, reestablished and strengthened by the 2014 Farm Bill, beginning Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Quick implemen-tation of the programs has been a top priority for USDA. “These programs will provide long-awaited disaster relief for many livestock producers who have endured significant financial hardship from weather-related disasters while the programs were expired and awaiting Congressional action,” said Agriculture Sec...

  • FSA certification maps, Change in Farming Operation

    U.S. Department of Agriculture|Apr 16, 2014

    Agricultural Producers can pick up their spring FSA certification maps from the county Office. The Phillips County Farm Service Agency would like to remind all producers to stop by the office and pick up their spring certification maps. The spring crop certification deadline is July 15, 2014. Please bring in your completed maps and return your signed FSA-578 commodity report to the office before July 15. Acreage reports must be filed for all spring seeded crops. Change in Farming Operation If you have bought or sold land, or if you have picked...

  • Cold seeding: cold, moist soil are better option

    Marko Manoukian, For PCN|Apr 16, 2014

    Soil temperatures for crop seeding are obviously cold. It takes a minimum temperature of 50 degrees Fahrenheit (F) to germinate spring wheat. Barley can germinate at 40 degrees and alfalfa at 37 degrees F. Seeds sitting in a cold moist soil are a better option than seeds sitting in a dry hot soil. Pathogen activity that can damage seeds prosper in warm environments. Test in Billings with dormant seeding have shown no germination issues. As an example of temperatures, as of Monday at 8:45 am at...

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