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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.

November 11, 2013 5:45 pmLoading…
Sugar prices hit a sour note as beet harvest begins

Sugar prices hit a sour note as beet harvest begins

A sour economic outlook awaits sugar beet farmers as the Montana harvest begins with domestic sugar prices at a 30-year low.

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Once a Montana anomaly, corn takes root

Once a Montana anomaly, corn takes root

Montana isn’t exactly Iowa, but when the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Thursday that America would break a near 80-year record for corn acres, ears were perking up, even here.

March 30, 2013 12:15 am Photos

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Bozeman camelina company sells to global holding firm

Bozeman camelina company sells to global holding firm

A biofuel company with Montana ties has sold to a global holding company interested in developing camelina in the state.

March 19, 2013 9:00 pmLoading…
For Montana biofuel, it's not easy being green

For Montana biofuel, it's not easy being green

When it was first promoted as a biofuel source perfect for the Montana plains, camelina looked to many like a weed. Seven tough years later, its persistence is being tested.

March 11, 2013 10:30 pmLoading…

Gas, coal conversion studies under way

CHEYENNE — Two state feasibility studies on natural gas and coal conversion technologies are under way, with a Sept. 1 deadline.

July 28, 2012 9:30 pmLoading…

MSU-developed protein could boost biodiesel industry

BOZEMAN — Researchers at Montana State University have developed a protein that can increase the oil yield in oilseed crops by as much as 40 percent, potentially benefiting the biodiesel industry. Patents on this technology have been issued and research is ongoing.

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Robert J. Samuelson: U.S. energy future looks better than we thought

WASHINGTON — A week after President Obama denied the application for the Keystone XL pipeline — which would carry oil from Canada’s tar sands deposits in Alberta to U.S. refineries along the Gulf of Mexico — it’s time for an energy reality check. What’s the future hold? It may be better than…

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Guest opinion: Montana can fuel DOD energy independence

Now is the time to change America’s economic and military dependence on foreign oil. This dependence places our troops needlessly in dangerous situations and directly dictates our energy and security policy. The use of homegrown plant-based biofuels, particularly camelina-based fuel, would k…

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USDA announces $80M for research into biofuels

YAKIMA, Wash. -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture is awarding $80 million in grants to consortiums led by Washington state's two largest universities to research the conversion of Pacific Northwest wood and forest residues into biofuels.

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Camelina falling out of favor with Montana farmers

Camelina falling out of favor with Montana farmers

Camelina, the biofuel that five years ago Gov. Brian Schweitzer called his new girlfriend, now struggles for a planting date with Montana farmers.

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Rising corn prices bite ranchers' wallets

Rising corn prices bite ranchers' wallets

Every time the cattle line up to eat at Scott James' Custer feedlot, the dinner bill gets out of hand.

February 18, 2011 9:00 pm Photos

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MSU, UM high-tech work incubates small business

MSU, UM high-tech work incubates small business

In a lab down the hill from Rebecca Mahurin's Montana State University office, scientists recently created a special seed coating that may allow young crops to survive drought.

February 06, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Company plans ethanol research

BUTTE - A California company is announcing plans for ethanol research in Butte.

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