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4-H Seeking Host Families for Japanese Students

The Japanese summer inbound exchange is for Montana families who have kids within two years of age as the delegate they host. The delegates are ages 12-16 and are affiliated with two Japanese youth organizations, Labo and LEX. Accompanied by chaperones, they come t

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Landscape Workshop June 6th

The City of Shelby and Toole County Extension Office are pleased to bring Bruce Forde of Forde Nursery to Shelby for a free landscape design; tree selection, care & maintenance workshop on Wednesday, June 6th. Bruce has been involved in the nursery business since high school, opening Forde Nursery in Great Falls in 198

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USFWS Says “Thank You” to Veterans on May 19th

To show appreciation for those who serve in the U.S. Military, on May 19 – Armed Forces Day – the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will begin issuing an annual pass offering free entrance for active duty military member

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A Time to Plant

The first year that I planted a garden here in Shelby, Corinne Merhar warned me not to put out the tomato plants before Memorial Day.  I had to learn the hard way. You're not "safe" from frost in Shelby until the end of May.  A few

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Ag Alert: Wheat Streak Mosaic

Dr Mary Burrows of the MSU Extension Service has issued an Ag Alert after receiving several samples exhibiting wheat streak mosaic from the Golden Triangle.  Read her full report HERE.

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MSU Ag Guides…Not Just for Farmers

For many Montanans, May means it's time to get down to some serious gardening. Before you stock up on soil boosters, fertilizers and pesticides, take a few minutes to read the latest Ag Alert from MSU Extension Pesticide Education Specialist Cecil Tharp:

 

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MSU Extension Hosts Caregivers Training

Today roughly 2.2 million American households care for an adult with a chronic or terminal medical condition.  Caring for someone can be physically, emotionally and financially draining. One of the sad statistics is that many caregivers become critically ill or die before the person they are caring for.  This is because they put off taking care of themselves.

Pondera County Agent Wendy Wedum will be offering a class to the public called Powerful Tool for Caregivers.  

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IPM Isn’t Just for Farmers

Integrated Pest Management is a crucial part of farming and ranching, but even if your "spread" consists of a few square feet of yard in town, there are things you need to know. The Montana State University Extension Service issues a regular Urban IPM Newsletter that you can receiv

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One Sweet Ag Workshop

On Monday's (April 16) Extension Minute, Toole Co Agent Alice Burchak shared the following information about a beekeeping workshop the MSU Extension Service will be hosting in Cut Bank on Saturday, April 28:

Honey bees pollinate a third of the food that we eat. However, in the past six years the annual die-off of honeybees has become increasingly alarming. The phenomenon is known as colony collapse disorder (CCD). Research has not pinned down the reason for CCD. Many scientists think it is an accumulation of multiple reasons such as disease, pesticides, and harmful mites that have emigrated from Asia. To counteract the effects of CCD more people are encouraged to keep their own bees.

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MSU Ag Alert: Beware the Bare Patch

 It is estimated by one of the chemical companies that approximately 1 million acres in Montana didn’t get sprayed for cheatgrass last fall due to the dry conditions. This poses a significant challenge this spring, disease-wise. Here is some info on Rhizoctonia root rot (bare patch) -

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MSU to Host Rural Communities Conference

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