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Freak flood darkens harvest for farmers

Freak flood darkens harvest for farmers

MILK RIVER BASIN — The round hay bales in the Saco flats have turned dark with mud and mildew.

September 14, 2014 6:15 am Photos

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Beet harvest underway in Wyoming

POWELL, Wyo. — Farmers have begun harvesting sugar beets in Wyoming.

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Cool summer brings good Fremont County barley crop

RIVERTON, Wyo. — Cool temperatures this spring and summer could be good news for beer-drinkers.

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Largest corn waste-to-ethanol facility launches

^pDES MOINES, Iowa — The world’s largest refinery that turns corn plant waste into ethanol began production recently in Iowa, and many national and international dignitaries have touted the technology as a major step in the shift from the fossil fuel age to a biofuels revolution.

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Sugar beet harvest fires up Tuesday

Sugar beet harvest fires up Tuesday

HUNTLEY — It was barely noon and already 94 farm trucks had unloaded sugar beets at the Huntley pile — 1,700 tons — and another 10 trucks were waiting to feed the conveyor.

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Ranchers cautious about state takeover of federal land

Ranchers cautious about state takeover of federal land

Should Montana Republican lawmakers saddle up to take control of federal lands, they might be without one important, generally conservative group: cowboys.

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Farmers struggling to cope with emergence of 'superweeds'

Farmers struggling to cope with emergence of 'superweeds'

On a research plot near the Rochester, Minn., airport, Jared Goplen has watched weeds for the past three summers. His specialty is giant ragweed, one of more than a dozen species of “superweeds” that resist the most widely used herbicides. Superweeds can take over cropland, reduce yields and…

September 01, 2014 12:00 am

Idaho dairy group urges farmers not to give tours

BOISE, Idaho — An Idaho dairy industry group has sent a letter to its members urging them to deny media requests for tours and on-farm interviews in the wake of a new law that makes it illegal to secretly film animal abuse at agricultural facilities.

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Sugar beet factory fires up weeks early

Sugar beet factory fires up weeks early

Even for a bunch of sugar beet farmers, the challenges of this year’s harvest are little bit sticky.

August 27, 2014 5:00 am Photos

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Vegetable preserves

Vegetable preserves

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frozen strawberries, cherry and raspberries

frozen strawberries, cherry and raspberries

berries are among the many fruits and vegetables that can be safely frozen for later use. The Yellowstone County Extension Service provides instructions to assist area residents.

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Rep. Keith Regier: Compact needs to be reasonable

Rep. Keith Regier: Compact needs to be reasonable

I read the letter to the editor in the Daily Inter Lake on July 11, “Lawsuits Will Sting if Tribal Water Compact Isn’t Approved.”

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Montana wheat exports improve with union agreement

Montana wheat exports improve with union agreement

Montana’s $1 billion wheat crop caught a break Tuesday when a major Washington grain terminal began loading ships again after a union-caused six-week shutdown.

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Union dispute in Washington threatens Montana grain shipments

Union dispute in Washington threatens Montana grain shipments

A major shipping bottleneck in Washington state threatens Montana’s $1 billion wheat crop just as harvest begins.

August 06, 2014 8:00 pm Photos

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Montana House candidate John Lewis offers agriculture plan

Montana House candidate John Lewis offers agriculture plan

HELENA — Democratic House candidate John Lewis on Thursday released a five-part farm and ranch platform that he said reaffirms his commitment to the one in five Montana jobs that depend on agriculture.

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Pompeys Pillar hosts Clark Days on Saturday, Sunday

The annual Clark Days celebration is Saturday and Sunday at Pompeys Pillar National Monument east of Billings.

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Guest opinion: GOP aims to sell our public lands to highest bidder

Elected officials take an oath to uphold and defend the constitution of the state of Montana. Unfortunately, that oath is being cast aside when it comes to upholding the Montana Constitution and our public lands.

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Montana wheat nears harvest in good shape, but with declining prices

Montana wheat nears harvest in good shape, but with declining prices

Montana’s wheat crop looks great, insiders say, but the sale price as harvest approaches is another story.

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Simpson: E. Idaho sheep station will remain open

BOISE, Idaho — A sheep research facility that has operated for about a century on the Idaho-Montana border will remain open, Republican Rep. Mike Simpson of Idaho said.

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Creston man last mint farmer in Montana

Creston man last mint farmer in Montana

CRESTON — Kirk Passmore stands in his farmland, looking at the green mint plants sprouting from the fertile Flathead Valley soil. Not far off, his farm dogs are foraging for whatever it is farm dogs like to roll in, panting and happy in the sunshine.

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