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As you travel throughout Central Montana there is ample opportunity to make some of the well-known rural activities, agricultural producers and agritourism highlights of the region your reason to stop and explore the friendly communities. Agritourism has become more popular than ever as people want to be educated about what they are eating and where it comes from.
According to the USDA, Montana ranks second in the nation for acres of land in farms and ranches with 58.1 million acres. Learn about several producers of Central Montana, some you may have heard of but some you may not have.
This area consistently yields some of the best wheat and barley in Montana, if not the nation. The triangle roughly includes the points at Havre, Conrad and Great Falls.
These steel or concrete buildings dot the landscape in the rich farmlands of Central Montana. Used to store large quantities of grains for future use or transporting at a later time.
World’s Largest Tractor, built in 1977 in Shelby, Montana. Unprecedented power to work large amounts of land.
Ranchers and farmers, day in and day out, work the land and tend to the livestock in ways most people don’t think about. As you travel through the region, take time to slow down and note the farmer out in the field plowing as you drive by. When the herds of cattle, sheep, or goats cause pause on your route as they’re moved to another pasture, enjoy the sounds and frolicking animals.
There’s no better place to learn about a community than chatting it up with the locals at a watering hole. But to go one step further, there’s no better way to experience the agriculture in an area than to visit one of the craft beverage makers that are using local crops and community members to produce the fine libations they serve.
White Sulphur Springs, MT
Fort Benton, MT
Great Falls, MT
Rural agricultural communities love to gather at the local fairs. As the kids learn responsibility with caring for and showing animals, families congregate to show their support of 4-H and FFA members. You can browse local crops and products on display as well as take in some great entertainment. It’s often the biggest event of the year for some communities so you won’t want to miss these fairs.
Havre, MTJuly 13-17, 2022
Shelby, MTJuly 20-24, 2022
Lewistown, MTJuly 21-30, 2022
Great Falls, MTJuly 29-August 6, 2022
Chinook, MTAugust 10-14, 2022
Chouteau, MTAugust 18-21, 2022
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