reportcoverWe all eat. 

Whether we live in a rural area where the nearest grocery store is dozens of miles away, or in a bustling community with a choice of markets and restaurants, we eat. Whether we have ample resources, or struggle to make ends meet, we eat. Accessing healthy, nutritious food is a priority for Montanans. And it is a priority for MSU Extension. From our start, we have been committed to helping Montanans learn about growing fruit trees, gardens and crops; raising chickens, pigs, sheep and beef cattle; and safely storing and preserving the bounty. We have contributed by helping families with novel ways to stretch their food budget and building community strength through shared gardens and service projects. We have supported agriculture as the central foundation of our economy.  Read more.


Chief Joseph Park Playground Renovation

wheatlandplaygroundMSU Extension in Wheatland County

Wheatland County MSU Extension worked closely with the City of Harlowton and the Harlowton Mom's Group to renovate the playground at Chief Joseph Park.

The Mom's Group identified that the playground was unsafe and didn't meet the needs of young families in Wheatland County. After extensive planning and finalizing a design, Wheatland County MSU Extension assisted in writing and has received $135,000 in grant funds for the project and has helped coordinate fundraising of over $45,000 in donations, in-kind donations, and volunteer hours.

This community project has empowered young adults to take a leadership role in our community and has brought groups from throughout the community together. Working cooperatively, we have been able to make a significant change in the community and create a destination playground. The new equipment is a highlight in our park for the community and a draw for visitors. 

Local Program Highlights

MSU Extension faculty in local offices work with stakeholders to identify and prioritize the needs and interests of their local communities. Learn about local programs by clicking on the links below.

Download all 2016 local reports    
Beaverhead Big Horn Blackfeet Reservation
Blaine Broadwater Carbon
Cascade Chouteau Custer
Daniels Dawson Deer Lodge
Fallon-Carter Fergus Flathead
Flathead Reservation Fort Belknap Reservation Fort Peck Reservation
Gallatin Garfield Glacier
Granite Hill Judith Basin
Lake Lewis & Clark Liberty
Lincoln Madison-Jefferson McCone
Meagher Mineral Missoula
Musselshell-Golden Valley Northern Cheyenne Park
Phillips Pondera Powder River
Powell Prairie Ravalli
Richland Roosevelt Rosebud-Treasure
Sanders Sheridan Silver Bow
Stillwater Sweet Grass Teton
Toole Valley Wheatland
Wibaux Yellowstone  2015 Program Highlights