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USDA: Montana farm products worth $4.23 billion in 2012

USDA: Montana farm products worth $4.23 billion in 2012

The value of Montana’s agricultural products surpassed $4 billion in 2012, a 50 percent increase over five years, capping the longest modern period of historic price increases, according to federal census data released Thursday.

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USDA: Net farm income to slide 27 percent

USDA: Net farm income to slide 27 percent

Net farm incomes are in for a 27 percent drop this year, according to federal economists, though Montana agriculture groups say they may miss the worst of it.

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Value added: Innovators are always searching for ways to add value to agricultural products

Value added: Innovators are always searching for ways to add value to agricultural products

Last year Montana farmers exported a record $915 million worth of wheat, most of it destined to Asia. That’s a tidy sum any way you count it.

June 01, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Montana farmers upset about Canadian wheat rules

Montana farmers upset about Canadian wheat rules

The wheat fields on either side of the Montana-Canadian border don’t look any different, but buyers north of the line say U.S. grain is worth less, which bothers Outlook farmer Gordon Stoner.

March 11, 2013 12:05 am Photos

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Montana's wheat crop valued at $1.7 billion

Montana's wheat crop valued at $1.7 billion

For the fifth time in six years, Montana’s wheat crop is valued at more than $1 billion, a rarely reached benchmark that has some farmers anxious about what could be next.

February 20, 2013 10:15 pm Photos

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Drought keeps ranchers from chasing high prices

Drought keeps ranchers from chasing high prices

If ranchers keep cutting back the size of their herds, pretty soon cowboys will be all hat and very few cattle.

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Hay prices finish August on high note

Hay prices finish August on high note

With drought driving up demand, hay prices in Montana hit $200 a ton for most varieties, according to federal market reports.

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Drought drives up feed prices, ranchers hunt for hay

Drought drives up feed prices, ranchers hunt for hay

A rancher with cattle to feed and no hay must travel until he finds some. A 200- or 300-mile trip isn’t unusual, but trips to Canada are, which is exactly where the drought drove Joe Goggins this summer.

August 30, 2012 12:10 am Photos

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Wheat prices are good -- for those with a crop

Wheat prices are good -- for those with a crop

Drought across the nation is stirring worries about crop shortages and driving up prices, but much of Montana should benefit from those concerns.

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World wheat buyers set up shop in Montana

World wheat buyers set up shop in Montana

POMPEYS PILLAR — A sandstone butte bearing rare evidence of Lewis and Clark's quest to discover ways for profiting from the American West gets the most of the attention in these parts, but a bigger, more modern mast of capitalism towers in the distance.

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Buyers bullish on Montana wheat

Buyers bullish on Montana wheat

 KINTYRE FLATS -- One town or another on this northeastern Montana plain seemingly turns 100 about every other month, and for some the date seems more like a finish line than a milepost.

August 17, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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Rain, floods overwhelm farms, irrigation systems

Rain, floods overwhelm farms, irrigation systems

For years, Gordon Stoner’s rule for keeping the rain-soaked Northeast Montana soil from swallowing his tractor was to “turn when the ducks fly,” meaning nothing short of a pond would cause him to turn the wheel.

June 12, 2011 12:15 am Photos

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As big crops devour acres, beans lose out

As big crops devour acres, beans lose out

So many seeds, so little ground.

April 19, 2011 12:00 am Photos

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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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Economy golden for wheat

Economy golden for wheat

With a record-breaking wheat harvest and strong prices, Montana may have its third $1 billion wheat harvest in four years.

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