The Montana Association of Conservation Districts (MACD) is offering another year of Irrigation Water Management (IWM) Service in conjunction with the NRCS Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP.) It is an open enrollment, but no refunds will be given after June 15th.
IWM is the practice of monitoring and managing the rate, volume, and timing of water application according to the seasonal crop needs, giving consideration to the soil intake and water holding capacities. Irrigation Water Management will help irrigators determine the effectiveness of irrigation practices, make good water management decisions, and justify making irrigation adjustment in existing systems.
Montana Organic Association farm tours are free and open to the public. The tours will highlight organic research and practices focusing on soil building, crop rotations, weed management, cattle grazing systems and marketing.
Alger Ranch in Stanford, Montana
June 10, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
The Alger Ranch is 100% Certified Organic. Jess Alger grows, uses and sells lentils, Kamut®, winter wheat, peas, barley, Sainfoin and alfalfa as well as grass-fed cattle. Researchers Dr. Perry Miller, MSU Agronomist, Dr. Pat Hatfield, MSU Livestock Specialist, and Dr. Clain Jones, MSU Soil Scientist will also be presenting research findings and observations during the tour.
For more information and to Register (to determine lunch count), call Jess Alger at 406-799-3528.
First Annual Conference of the Montana Grape and Winery Association
When/Where: Friday June 12, Red Lion Hotel, Kalispell, MT
Contact: Dan Getman, Interim President, 871-5499, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Montana Grape and Winery Association (MGWA) will hold the First Annual Conference of the Association at the Red Lion Hotel in Kalispell on June 12, 2015. The conference is focused on growing grapes that are hardy enough to grow in Montana and on making wine from such grapes.
Please register for the conference by contacting Dan Getman at 406-871-5499 or at email@example.com.
Montana Range Days will be held June 15-17 at Chief Joseph Park in Harlowton Montana. This is the premier range competition and education event in the state of Montana for youth, and Harlowton has been selected to host the 2015 and 2016 events. Youth and adults, from age 4 and up may participate in their respective age group category.
Parents and family members will have plenty to do as well. Several tours are also planned for attendants of all ages, showcasing businesses important to the local economy and various historical attractions. A rangeland workshop consisting of an overview of a diverse array of topics will also be open to all.
For more information on the schedule and to register, go to montanarangedays.org and click on the Montana Range Days tab, or speak with your local agriculture instructor or FFA/4H advisor.
Lassila farm, East of Great Falls, MT
June 26, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
The Montana Organic Association will hold a farm tour east of Great Falls, Montana, at the farm operated by Daryl and Linda Lassila. Scheduled speakers are Max Blodgett from Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS); Ron de Yong, Director of Montana Dept. of Agriculture; David Oien, CEO of Timeless Seeds; and Ron Milo from Dave’s Killer Bread.
For more information or to RSVP, call Daryl or Linda Lassila at 406-452-0565.