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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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2 ag-gag laws facing federal court challenges

2 ag-gag laws facing federal court challenges

DES MOINES, Iowa — The yearslong fight between farm organizations and animal rights activists over laws prohibiting secretly filmed documentation of animal abuse is moving from state legislatures to federal courts as laws in Utah and Idaho face constitutional challenges.

July 19, 2014 11:30 pmLoading…

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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Survey: July 4 picnic costs about $60

Survey: July 4 picnic costs about $60

Montanans still a get a bang for their buck when it comes to cost of the Independence Day meal, according to shopping surveys.

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Cruzado, MSU officials get whirlwind tour of Eastern Montana

Cruzado, MSU officials get whirlwind tour of Eastern Montana

HUNTLEY — A gray, drizzly Thursday morning welcomed a cadre of Montana State University officials to the Southern Agricultural Research Center, where the group began the third day of an energy and agriculture tour of south central and Eastern Montana.

June 26, 2014 6:00 pm Photos

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Deadly pig virus in check, Montana officials say.

Two months after a deadly pig virus reached Montana, officials say the outbreak that has devastated other states is in check here.

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Senators want bison declared national mammal

Senators want bison declared national mammal

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Senators from the Dakotas are among those making another attempt to have the bison declared the national mammal, citing the animal's historical significance and importance to Native Americans.

June 11, 2014 9:13 am Photos

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From the Editor: A ranch visit gives a glimpse of what the future could be like

From the Editor: A ranch visit gives a glimpse of what the future could be like

After visiting the Bowen Cattle Co. ranch near Worden on a recent spring day, I began thinking about how the beef industry is slowly but surely diversifying, and that society may benefit because of it.

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Back to the pasture: Grass-fed beef is healthier, tastier, Worden ranchers say

Back to the pasture: Grass-fed beef is healthier, tastier, Worden ranchers say

Red-hued calves that started life frolicking on the Bowen ranch last April will spend the next two years grazing on pastures, without ever eating a mouthful of corn or setting foot in a crowded feedlot.

June 01, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Hail clobbers some farmers, spares others

Hail clobbers some farmers, spares others

Before Sunday’s hail storm shredded Terral Balzer’s crops, the Worden farmer had a feeling things were going just a little too well.

May 19, 2014 5:30 pm Video Photos

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Bean tepee

Bean tepee

Building a bean tepee is just one way to have fun in the garden with your kids.

May 11, 2014 12:00 am
Cold, wet weather challenges Montana farms

Cold, wet weather challenges Montana farms

Farmers are struggling with cold, wet weather — including snow — as they seed the 2014 crop.

May 07, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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In Eastern Montana, a confluence of federal promises to farmers, fish stirs concern

In Eastern Montana, a confluence of federal promises to farmers, fish stirs concern

SIDNEY — In this frontier farm town of sugar beets and oil wells, spring arrives with the turn of an iron wheel.

May 04, 2014 12:15 am Photos

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Senators ask BNSF for better Montana service

Rail shipping delays are hurting Montana's economy and need to improve, the state's U.S. senators told BNSF on Friday.

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Chamber News: Beef prices remain strong, but 2014 presents challenges for agriculture

Chamber News: Beef prices remain strong, but 2014 presents challenges for agriculture

The Billings Chamber has long invested time and resources into the agriculture industry. The annual Ag Appreciation Banquet and annual Ag Tour, legislative support, and continued involvement and education through the Ag Committee are part of one of the Chamber’s largest and longest standing …

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Rail delays hit Powder River Basin Coal

Rail delays hit Powder River Basin Coal

In one of the coldest winters in recent memory, the heating plant at the University of North Dakota was running out of coal.

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Grain in the bin: Farmers stockpile wheat as prices, shipping are challenging

Grain in the bin: Farmers stockpile wheat as prices, shipping are challenging

More than 62 million bushels of wheat remained stored on Montana farms in the first quarter because of lower-than-expected prices and shipping challenges.

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Deadly pig virus hits Montana hog farms

Deadly pig virus hits Montana hog farms

Two Montana pig farms have been hit by a deadly virus that has killed millions of piglets nationally in less than a year.

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Dave Archer, an agriculture economist

Dave Archer, an agriculture economist

Dave Archer, an agriculture economist at the Northern Plains Research Laboratory south of Mandan, N.D., stands last week in a plot of wheat stubble that was also planted with six varieties of canola seeds last fall. The research will determine if the non-traditional canola seeds for this cli…

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