Blaine County Court House

***See Below for COVID-19 Information***

WELCOME to MSU Blaine County Extension

Blaine County is located in North Central Montana. Chinook is the county seat. Other communities in the county include Lloyd, Cleveland, Zurich, Harlem, Turner, and Hogeland. Blaine County also includes the Fort Belknap Reservation and the communities of Hays and Lodge Pole.

Blaine County has just over 7000 people living on 2,730,880 acres or approximately 4,267 square miles. The main industries of Blaine County include farming and ranching.

What is Extension?

MSU Extension Service is an educational resource dedicated to improving the quality of people's lives by providing research-based knowledge to strengthen the social, economic and environmental well-being of families, communities and agriculture enterprises. MSU researchers and educators work together to help individuals in Montana thrive. The programs of the MSU Extension Service are available to all people regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital or 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, Dr. Cody Stone, Director of Extension Service, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717.

Our Mission

MSU Extension is a statewide educational outreach network that applies unbiased, research-based university resources to practical needs identified by the people of Montana in their home communities.

It is our privilege to live and work in Blaine County serving you.

Blaine County Extension Annual Reports:

2017 Annual Report

2018 Annual Report

 

***COVID - 19 Situation Response***

During these uncertain times, MSU Blaine County Extension is striving to provide an even higher level of service as we try to manage in this unknown time we are living in. Here at the MSU Blaine County Extension Office, we are still trying to work as “normal.” We are being directed by MSU Extension to begin working remotely as of Monday, March 30th until told to return to our normal operation.

During this time, we will be able to be reached by email at:

Juli Snedigar (MSU Blaine County Ag & 4-H Extension Agent) - julianne.snedigar@montana.edu 

Sarah Johnson (MSU Blaine County FCS & 4-H Extension Agent) - sarah.johnson41@montana.edu 

Brenda Jones (MSU Blaine County Extension Admin & 4-H Assistant) - blaine@montana.edu

Joann Beard (MSU Blaine County Extension SNAPed) - joann.beard@montana.edu

Please leave us a message at 406-357-3200 if you do not want to email us directly. We are checking the voicemail and will get back to you as soon as we possibly can.

MSU Extension has started a new webpage that has resources for everyone in all types of situations. This includes resources and information on Community Health, for Families and Children, Agriculture Producers, and Business and Communities. This page is updated as new information becomes available. https://msuextension.org/covid19/

At MSU Extension, we will continue our mission of getting research based information to everyone who needs it. With that in mind, all of the MSU Extension MontGuides (do it yourself informational guides) are available at https://store.msuextension.org/.

This site includes many free downloads with research based information to help you. We are also working on scheduling online sessions for you to participate in from your home. We will get information to you as soon as it becomes available. If you are unable to get online but want more information on topics, please let us know. We would be happy to assist you.

Two of the web sessions that have started are listed below. Visit the links below to attend these helpful sessions.

Economic Impacts of Coronavirus in Montana

The recent economic impacts of CV-19 are wide spread and evolving quickly. George Haynes, Kate Fuller and Joel Schumacher, Extension Specialists are providing an economists view of how the recent events are impacting different sectors of the economy. The webinars will be offered on Thursdays from 2:00 to 3:00, starting April 9th. These webinars are open to the public. Login at: http://msuextensionconnect.org/agecon

Tuesday Tips

Dr. Marsha Goetting, MSU Extension Family Economics Specialist, will be hosting several 30 minute webinars planned for the next few weeks. Beginning on April 7th at 11:00 am., join these free webinars covering many topics related to family estate planning. Find more info at the website: http://www.montana.edu/estateplanning/tuesdaytips/

Our MSU Blaine County Extension Facebook page will be updated daily with new information. Like https://www.facebook.com/BlaineCountyExtension/?ref=bookmarks  We will include web sessions and information that will be helpful to you during this time.

If you need samples submitted during this time, please contact Juli at the email above or leave a message at the office. We will work out a way to help you submit feed, soil, water, and seed samples. We still have our hay and soil probes available if you need them. If you need plant or insect

identification, please send images to Juli and she will assist you. It is also time to start your yard and garden work, if you have issues or have questions, please let Juli know.

MSU Extension works with the Montana Department of Agriculture to provide testing and licensing for the Montana Private Pesticide Applicator Program. We are working on addressing many issues around providing this service during this time. As many of you with private pesticide licenses are aware, this year, everyone in our District 3 must have 6 credits or their licenses will expire at the end of the year. We are working to come up with options for anyone looking to get licensed. Extension Agents across the state are working with our Pesticide Program Coordinator and the Montana Department of Ag to get answers to everyone. As soon as we know the direction the program will be taking, we will get that information out.

We have resources available for anyone who needs to hold a meeting and does not know how to host it online. Please contact us and we will assist you.

We will continue to gather information on topics and will get it to you as quickly as possible. We understand this is a lot of information and if you need any assistance during this time, please contact us. We wish everyone well during this trying time.