Ag & Natural Resources
Photo Courtesy of Janice Hendrickson
Liberty County is in the middle of Montana's Golden Triangle. In 2007 Liberty County produced over 4.7 million bushels of winter wheat and over 1.2 million bushels of spring wheat. This made Liberty County the 6th leading producer of wheat in the state. The county has a total area of 1,458 square miles. 97% of Liberty County's economy is supported by agriculture. Rich soil provides nourishment for vast fields of wheat and barley, and miles of grazing for cattle both in the Sweetgrass Hills and on the plains. The average farm size in Liberty County is about 3,140 acres.
Liberty County Extension provides producers in the county with updated research and information from Montana State University and other sources. Agriculture and natural resource programs have been and still continue to be a dominant feature of MSU Extension. These programs include:
- Various classes, seminars, and individual consultations offered throughout the year on small grains, horticulture and livestock issues.
- Yearly soil moisture surveys are conducted to assist growers in their production decisions.
- Master Gardener beginning and advanced classes.
- Diagnostic services for plant, pest and disease identification.
- Nitrate Quick Test forage testing.
- Pesticide applicator tests for acquiring an applicator license are administered through the Extension office. Classes are available through the Extension office for applicators to keep their license current.
- MSU Extension and an associated statewide advisory council have developed an online clearinghouse of resources for a wide range of topics related to stress and mental health. The clearinghouse was created specifically for ag producers and their families, but it contains a wealth of information for anyone interested in learning more about causes of stress, stress prevention and management, and overall mental health. To access the site, please click on this link: https://msuextension.org/wellness/stress-management/mt_farm_stress_clearing_house/
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Montana State University and the Montana State University Extension prohibit discrimination in all of their programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital and family status. Issued in furtherance of cooperative extension work in agriculture and home economics, acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Cody Stone, Interim Director of Extension, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717.
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