Programs & Resources

There are several programs and resources available to help assist you in making decisions regarding production of your crops and livestock. 


USDA-APHIS Rangeland Grasshopper Program

These are the predictions from USDA-APHIS for the 2024 Rangeland Grasshopper Hazard. This map is based on adult grasshopper counts from this fall. 15 grasshoppers per sq. yard is the economic threshold, and as you can see the majority of Richland County and the surrounding areas are within that range.
USDA-APHIS PPQ provides a cost-share program for rangeland grasshopper suppression. If you are at all interested, this program is on a first-come, first-serve basis, making it very important to have your paperwork in order.
Some requirements of the program include:
- 10,000 acre minimum contiguous blocks
- Rangeland only (20% can be cropland)
Program availability is based on funding. If you are interested, the MSU Extension - Richland County office has the applicable paperwork. Contact us for more information at 406-433-1206.
MT Statewide Grasshopper Hazard 2024

Remind Pesticide Messages

Do you want to stay up to date on pesticide credit information? Join the Richland County Private Applicator group to receive credit information directly to your phone via a text message. You do NOT need a smart phone and you do NOT need to download any apps. Simply text @27pest to 81010 and you will be added to the group. 


MSU Richland County Extension Ag Services

The Extension Office provides the following services in house:

  • Plant ID

  • Insect ID

  • Plant Disease Diagnostics

  • Forage Nitrate Testing

  • TDS Water Quality Testing

The Extension Office is able to assist in: 

  • Soil Testing & Result Interpretation

  • Forage Testing & Result Interpretation

The Extension Office has the following tools available for check out:

  • Hay Probe

  • Colorado Hay Probe

  • Soil Probe

  • Live Trap


Agriculture Economic Tools

New/updated online tools are available to producers to assist in making economic farm management decisions.

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