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The best pigs in the region show up for NILE

The best pigs in the region show up for NILE

She was a white Yorkshire-cross pig from Cache County, Utah, named "Brows" for the unusual brown crescent markings that arched above her eyes, like some accidental Groucho Marx tribute.

October 14, 2014 6:40 pm Photos

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A tough year for wheat: Farmers scramble to determine marketability of rain-damaged crops

A tough year for wheat: Farmers scramble to determine marketability of rain-damaged crops

Bruce Wright knew this year’s wheat crop wasn’t going to be one of his best. An unprecedented late August rain had literally washed away some of the grain’s profit.

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USDA programs provide $28M to Wyoming agriculture

CASPER, Wyo. — Britt Wilson, owner of the Wilson Ranch near Glendo, knows the effect of drought well.

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Guest opinion: USDA must protect farmers from genetically engineered seed

Another variety of unapproved, genetically engineered wheat has been discovered in the U.S., this time here in Montana. The finding underscores, once again, the weak regulations governing experimental trials of GE crops, as well as the vulnerability of our state’s most valuable export crop.

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Guest view: Of course we want to know where our food comes from

Guest view: Of course we want to know where our food comes from

Just more than 100 years ago, our family farm was homesteaded by Laura Etta Smalley Bangs, my husband Jeff’s great-grandmother. It’s hard to imagine setting up a homestead out on the rugged northern plains of Montana. The constant fight with the elements and the distance from town made it a …

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Thanksgiving Decoration

Thanksgiving Decoration

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garden tools

garden tools

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Gardening. Lawn sprinkler spraying water over grass.

Gardening. Lawn sprinkler spraying water over grass.

Dan Gayvert of Garden Avenue Greenhouse & Gardens recommends heavily watering the entire lawn, trees, shrubs, flower beds and the vegetable garden before winterizing the system this fall. Little snow cover and months of drying winds can be harmful to vegetation.

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Soil in hand

Soil in hand

Adding compost to the garden or yard now, in the fall, gives the micro-organisms the winter months to "work their magic" and results in a healthier yard and garden next spring, noted Byce Glen of Rocky Mountain Compost.

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Apple season in full swing at Bitterroot Valley orchards

Apple season in full swing at Bitterroot Valley orchards

CORVALLIS — It’s high season for apples and Bitterroot Valley orchards are feeling the push. For Swanson’s Mountain View Orchards and Distillary outside of Corvallis, it’s a big week for picking.

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Days of the milkman aren't bygone in Wyoming

Days of the milkman aren't bygone in Wyoming

SHERIDAN, Wyo. — In much of the nation, it’s been a couple generations since those “remember when” days of the milkman bringing fresh milk to the door in glass jars, but a milkman in northeast Wyoming has resurrected those bygone days for more than 125 families in the area.

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NPS approves Lamar Ranch improvement plan

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK — The National Park Service has approved a plan to make infrastructure improvements at the historic Lamar Buffalo Ranch in Yellowstone National Park.

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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.

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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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