Browse the list below to learn about additional grant opportunities, events, and other educational items, tools, and resources available in Missoula County and across Montana. For Missoula Conservation District events and sponsored events, visit our Events page.
Workshops & Events
Women-Led Tractor Maintenance Workshop, Saturday, November 10, 2018, 9 am-3 pm, Missoula
In partnership with Missoula Urban Demonstration Project (MUD), Community Food and Agriculture Coalition (CFAC) presents a day-long workshop open to all. Presenter Krista Marshall will cover:
- Basic overview of the tractor engine, system and parts
- Regular upkeep, preseason look-over, and daily walk-around
- Safe operation and tool use
- Observing and diagnosing issues
- Home maintenance
- When and how to use your dealer or mechanic
Registration is $30 – discounts available for participants who bring equipment to be used in demonstrations. Register and learn more on the CFAC website.
Soil Moisture Education Workshops, November 7, 2018 (Greenough) and November 9, 2018 (Columbus)
The Montana Climate Office has partnered with local organizations to host two full-day workshops focusing on soil moisture measurement, technologies, and applications supporting agricultural management and drought resilience.
These workshops are open to everyone interested in soil and water management; there is no cost to attend, and lunch will be provided.
Course content and registration details may be found on the Montana Climate Office webpage.
FREE Electric Fencing Workshop, October 4, 2018, 2 pm-5 pm, Charlo
Lake County Conservation District is hosting a free electric fencing workshop on Wednesday, October 4, at 2pm at Crow Creek Ranch (corner of Rocky Butte Road and Duck Road, three miles north of Charlo). The workshop will focus on permanent electric fencing and will highlight design and construction tips while highlighting some of the newest materials on the market. Stick around for the FREE cookout after the workshop!
For more info and to register, visit the Lake County Conservation District website.
2018 Women Stepping Forward for Agriculture (WSFA) Conference, October 2-4, 2018, Billings
The mission of Women Stepping Forward for Agriculture is to empower women involved in all aspects of agriculture through education, collaboration, and networking, to ensure the success of farms and ranches across the region. The WSFA steering committee is comprised of 10 or so volunteers from across Montana represent many of the major ag organizations in the state.
This year’s conference will be held October 2-4, 2018, at the DoubleTree in Billings. For schedule and registration details, visit the WSFA website.
Conservation Calendar, University of Montana
The Environmental Studies Department at UM maintains a calendar of conservation-related events in Western Montana. Updated regularly.
Montana Apple Growers Workshop Series
Multiple dates – Bitterroot Valley Visit Montana Apples for information about workshops for apple growers. Workshop topics include information on orchard establishment, pruning, integrated pest management, and growing a food business. The website also has information on how to buy, grow, and sell apples and apple products.
2018 DNRC Natural Resource and Range Youth Competitions and Camps
The Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) offers several summer programs for children and youth. Programs and camps include Envirothon, Montana Range Days, Montana Natural Resources Youth Camp, and Montana Youth Range Camp. Learn more about these DNRC events and camps here.
Farmer Field Days
Community Food and Agriculture Coalition’s Farm Link Montana hosts free hands-on workshops and tours for farm hands, farmers, and ranchers on the third Wednesday of each month, May through September. Check out the Farm Link website for more details and opportunities in 2018.
Grants, Conservation Funding, & Agriculture Assistance
Montana Conservation Menu
Check out this new online menu of conservation programs available across the state. The Montana Conservation Menu was developed for landowners interested in implementing conservation practices on their land and is brought to you by Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Montana.
Rent Our No-Till Drill and Trailer
Learn more about our new Equipment Rental Program.
Free Science Education Posters
Missoula Conservation District has several Montana-based science education posters to give away. Poster topics include rangelands and invasive weeds. Contact us for more information or stop by the office to pick up.
In fall 2018, we launched a Pollinator Initiative to help landowners participate in establishing beneficial pollinator habitat throughout Missoula County. We have two types of seed mix available for pick-up in our office. The seed packets are free! Read our newsletter to learn more about the project.