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Wyo farmers, ranchers prep for farm bill changes

CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming producers are preparing for a wealth of changes brought by congressional passage of the 2014 farm bill.

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Bullock identifies 5.1 million acres for restoration

Bullock identifies 5.1 million acres for restoration

HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock has identified more than 5.1 million acres of national forest land in Montana as top priorities for restoration.

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Tester tours food bank to see effects of nutrition assistance cuts

Tester tours food bank to see effects of nutrition assistance cuts

With Congress considering cuts to programs like nutrition assistance, the effects of those cuts could be felt by local service agencies left to pick up the slack.

January 18, 2014 3:51 pm Video Photos

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Gazette opinion: Seeds of hope for rural-urban Farm Bill

If Congress fails to pass a new Farm Bill by Jan. 1, or at least an extension, U.S. farm policy will revert to a 1949 law. That outdated law would wreak havoc on ag producers and on prices consumers pay.

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Cut in food stamp benefits coming as stimulus expires in November

HELENA — More than 130,000 Montanans will see reductions in food assistance Nov. 1 when a temporary increase to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program ends, the

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Guest opinion: Farm Bill must assure that farmers can plant better crops

Agriculture is not only Montana’s largest industry, but a way of life. My family raises cattle, hay and corn near Miles City. It is not an easy or particularly lucrative profession, but being good stewards of the land while feeding a hungry world is rewarding. As I watch the politicians back…

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Montanans fractured over farm bill proposals; Daines voices concerns

Montanans fractured over farm bill proposals; Daines voices concerns

Farmer Lola Raska knows a tough row to hoe when she sees one, which is why after holding the Senate farm bill to high standards, she is ready to reap whatever House lawmakers can sow.

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Food market reform groups eye farm bill

Food market reform groups eye farm bill

For farmers and consumer groups seeking dramatic changes in U.S. food politics, the next few weeks are crucial.

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Ag secretary: U.S. House version of farm bill could hurt Montana

MISSOULA — Montana has several non-farm stakes in the federal farm bill now working its way through Congress, according to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

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Farm bill extension, estate tax fix boosts farmers, ranchers

Farm bill extension, estate tax fix boosts farmers, ranchers

Turns out there was a haystack for farmers to land on at the bottom of the "fiscal cliff."

January 02, 2013 11:00 pmLoading…
With no Farm Bill, dairy producers wonder about future of industry

With no Farm Bill, dairy producers wonder about future of industry

CORVALLIS – Jeff Lewis can tell you exactly how many steps each one of his 240 cows take each day.

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Jeff Lewis dairy farmer

Jeff Lewis dairy farmer

Jeff Lewis' MuJuice Dairy is one of a handful of dairies that continue to operate in the Bitterroot Valley.

December 30, 2012 9:08 am

Montana farm groups bemoan congressional failure to pass Farm Bill

HELENA — Congress’ failure last week to renew the expiring federal Farm Bill has thrust Montana farmers and ranchers into uncertainty over the future of programs affecting their longer-term income and operations, state farm groups said this week. And while the bill could be addressed by Cong…

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Tester, Rehberg snipe over farm-bill failure – and both rap GOP House leadership

Tester, Rehberg snipe over farm-bill failure – and both rap GOP House leadership

HELENA — As the U.S. House failed to renew the expiring Farm Bill this month, all three members of Montana’s congressional delegation criticized the House’s Republican leadership — including Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg.

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Ranchers won't saddle up for farm bill fight

Watty Taylor isn’t shy about pointing out the difference between farmers and ranchers.

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Bipartisan effort leads to Senate OK of farm bill

Bipartisan effort leads to Senate OK of farm bill

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday completed a five-year, half-trillion-dollar farm bill that cuts farm subsidies and land conservation spending by about $2 billion a year but largely protects sugar growers and 46 million food stamp beneficiaries.

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Congress considering several measures that would affect land use, environment in Montana

Several bills dealing with environmental and land use issues may come up for debate in the next few days as Congress scrambles to get some work done before its July 4 break.

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Baucus adds measures to farm bill to aid Montana forest industry

U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., added several measures to help the state’s forestry industry to the 2012 farm bill on Thursday.

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Senate Ag passes farm bill

The U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee approved a farm bill Thursday that is $24.7 billion leaner than the current one and no longer pays farmers who don’t plant.

April 26, 2012 7:45 pmLoading…

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