GRAINS FOUNDATION

MONTANA GRAINS FOUNDATION

The Montana Grains Foundation carries out the educational, cultural and charitable activities of the Montana Grain Growers Association. In furthering those goals, the Corporation is empowered to promote and encourage by means of scientific investigations, research or otherwise: 

  • the advancement of the science of grain growing;
  • the conservation of natural resources of Montana through the development of good farming and farm marketing practices;
  • the development of new uses and markets for, and improved strains of, wheat, grains, and grain products;
  • the dissemination of educational materials and, through a broad range of educational methods and media, the carrying out of educational programs aimed at improving the skills of persons engaged in the growing and marketing of grain in the united States and thereby improve the economic and nutritional well-being of the people of Montana. 
mgga montana grains foundation endowed chair
Winifred-Asbjornson
Plant Sciences Chair

Montana Grains Foundation Endowed Chair

Before receiving the Endowed Chair position at Montana State University, Dr. Venugopal Mendu was an Associate Professor at Texas Tech University. He received his BS in agriculture and MS in genetics and plant breeding from A.N.G.R Agricultural University in India and a PhD from the University of Kentucky in plant physiology/molecular biology. He is a highly productive researcher who utilizes genomic, genetic, molecular, genome editing, and breeding technologies in his research program. The Montana Plant Science Chair is a position funded in part by the cereal grain industry to support expanded research capacity critical to Montana grain growers.

Recognizing that the depth of research at Montana State University must expand to meet current and future crop science challenges, leaders of the Montana Grains Foundation partnered with the MSU Alumni Foundation to perpetually endow the first Chair in the 120 year history of the College of Agriculture. More than 60 Montana grain producers, along with the Foundation, the Montana Grain Growers Association, the Montana Wheat & Barley Committee and several agribusinesses around the state donated in support of the endowed chair.

  • Background Information
  • Donate Online  – MSU Alumni Foundation donor page; please indicate your gift is for the Plant Sciences Chair
  • Montana Endowment Tax Credit – Contributions to this endowment by individuals, corporations, small business corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies are eligible for the METC.

LICENSE PLATE

The Montana Grains Foundation sponsors a specialty license plate available at all Montana County Treasurer’s Offices. Proceeds are used to carry out charitable, scientific and educational activities on behalf of Montana’s grain industry, including establishing scholarships and educational programs aimed at improving the skills of those engaged in growing and marketing grain and supporting agricultural research at Montana State University.

Don’t miss this opportunity to support Montana’s producers who are “Raising the World’s Finest Grain”!

OUR NEIGHBOR'S DAILY BREAD

Montana Farmers Feeding Montana’s Hungry

According to the Montana Food Bank Network (MFBN), approximately 1 in 10 Montanans struggle with hunger and 1 in 6 children in Montana live in food insecure homes. Hunger is directly related to the larger problem of economic insecurity in our state. Low wages, job loss, and insufficient fixed incomes leave many families unable to keep food on the table while trying to afford the rising costs of housing, child care, and medical care.

Montana farmers have always lent a helping hand to neighbors in need. It’s in that spirit of giving that the Montana Grain Growers Association created “Our Neighbor’s Daily Bread”, a wheat-to-flour donation project, in response to a plea from the MFBN for much needed flour to feed Montana’s hungry.

Donating is simple. When you deliver grain to your local elevator, just tell the manager how many bushels you want to donate to “Our Neighbor’s Daily Bread”. The donated bushels will be sold at the same time your share is sold and a check for the donated amount will be sent to “Our Neighbor’s Daily Bread” in care of the Montana Grains Foundation. When flour is needed, corresponding bushels are purchased, milled, bagged and loaded into Montana Food Bank delivery trucks at a Great Falls flour mill for distribution to partner agencies of the MFBN.

All contributions to “Our Neighbor’s Daily Bread” are managed through the Montana Grains Foundation, a 501(c)(3) foundation and the charitable arm of the Montana Grain Growers Association. For more information or to learn how you can help, please see the information posted below or call the Montana Grain Growers Association at 406-761-4596.

Learn more about “Our Neighbor’s Daily Bread”:

Recognizing that the depth of research at Montana State University must expand to meet current and future crop science challenges, leaders of the Montana Grains Foundation partnered with the MSU Alumni Foundation to perpetually endow the first Chair in the 120 year history of the College of Agriculture. More than 60 Montana grain producers, along with the Foundation, the Montana Grain Growers Association, the Montana Wheat & Barley Committee and several agribusinesses around the state donated in support of the endowed chair.

  • Background Information

  • Donate Online   – MSU Alumni Foundation donor page; please indicate your gift is for the Plant Sciences Chair

  • Montana Endowment Tax Credit – Contributions to this endowment by individuals, corporations, small business corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies are eligible for the METC.

Montana Grains Foundation Scholarships

To qualify, each graduate applicant must be enrolled as a full time student at MSU Bozeman.

Graduate scholarship applications are due April 1; notice of awards will be made by May 1