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Agriculture equipment sales decline in 2014

Agriculture equipment sales decline in 2014

MITCHELL, S.D. — Sitting under a tent at an annual agricultural equipment sales event, Shawn Berry noted that orders for the machinery he sells have dramatically slowed down this year — so much so that the Ohio-based company he represents could end up 30 percent short in sales compared to la…

September 01, 2014 2:42 pm Photos

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Russian ban on U.S. food won't be felt in Montana

Russia’s ban on food imported from the West won’t make a ruble’s difference to Montana farmers, officials have said.

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Farmers lose tax lawsuit against state

Montana farmers have lost their class action lawsuit accusing the state of jumping the gun on tax increases.

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Guest opinion: Biotechnology grows smart food for hungry world

Our society and economy run, function and communicate via technology. Technology has become so advanced that we now use the “phone” portion of the Smartphone far less than we use the device to browse the Web, tap into social media, listen to music and play games.

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Have You Heard: '50s style diner opening soon on West End

Spence Erwin was a bit worried a few weeks ago that the first Steak ’n Shake diner in Billings wouldn’t be ready to go. But the building has been turned over to him, the furniture, fixtures and dishes are in and he’s hired most of the 130 people needed to open one of the restaurants in the I…

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Wyoming Farm Bureau sets policy for next year

LARAMIE, Wyo. — The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation has adopted policies for the coming year on various issues, including livestock trespass, taxes, wildlife damages and support of the coal industry.

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Livingston re-elected Wyo. Farm Bureau president

LARAMIE, Wyo. — Perry Livingston, of Sundance, has been elected to a ninth term as president of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation.

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Gazette opinion: U.S. needs 5-year Farm Bill before Christmas

American agriculture harvested a bumper decade. Farm income value increased from $275 billion in 2003 to $425 billion for the past three years.

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Agriculture poised for a decline, economist says

Agriculture poised for a decline, economist says

Farming’s best days may soon be behind it, the American Farm Bureau Federation’s top economist said Monday.

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Tester: House farm bill threatens cattle market fairness

Tester: House farm bill threatens cattle market fairness

Montana ranchers may not be able to get a fair price for their cattle if changes aren’t made to the next farm bill, U.S. Sen. Jon Tester cautioned Wednesday.

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Farm bill cuts expected to get deeper, ag groups fear

Federal belt tightening and new political players are redrawing the ground rules for the 2013 farm bill, say agriculture groups who expect weaker subsidies than were offered in 2012.

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Dairy farmers cope with high feed costs

Dairy farmers cope with high feed costs

MANHATTAN — Ted Flikkema is picking up the tab for another very expensive meal.

February 24, 2013 12:15 am Photos

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AFBF committees announced

Eastern Montana members of the Montana Farm Bureau Federation have been appointed to serve on the advisory committees of the American Farm Bureau Federation. The advisory committees meet annually in Washington, D.C. to provide input for future Farm Bureau policy.

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No easy path ahead for farm bill, Farm Bureau says

Chances are slim that a farm bill will get passed by year’s end, but waiting until 2013 could be a disaster for America’s agriculture economy, a key Farm Bureau lobbyist said Tuesday.

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Guest opinion: Loss of estate tax relief looms over farm country

Two recent news reports contained troubling year-end news for farm and ranch families.

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Farm lobby fights for best deal it can get on fading subsidies

Farm lobby fights for best deal it can get on fading subsidies

Farm subsidies are on the congressional chopping block and Republicans, Democrats and more than a few farmers are lobbying for a hand on the hatchet.

December 04, 2011 12:15 am Photos

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Food inflation means Thanksgiving costs more

Food inflation means Thanksgiving costs more

The turkey was already paid for, the libations, the scalloped potatoes and the corn pudding, too. There were Brussels sprouts and the fixings for the Spencer-Smith family’s cranberry chutney.

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Livingston re-elected president of Wyoming Farm Bureau

CHEYENNE — Perry Livingston, of Sundance, has been elected to a seventh term as president of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation.

November 16, 2011 7:08 pmLoading…
Trade agreements with 3 nations to go to vote next week

Trade agreements with 3 nations to go to vote next week

After nearly six years, a trio of trade agreements capable of generating 250,000 U.S. jobs and boosting farm profits is almost complete, but needs a push from manufacturing and farm-state lawmakers to succeed.

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Food prices rise sharply

Food prices rise sharply

It’s never too early to start pricing Thanksgiving items when you’re buying for thousands, which is what Billings Food Bank Director Sheryle Shandy was doing when turkey gave her sticker shock.

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