HELENA — Montana is a grain-growing mecca, but with wheat prices falling, some farmers in the Helena Valley and elsewhere across the state are increasingly tapping a new grain not meant for a loaf of bread, but the bottom of a glass.
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.
Max Baucus has plowed through a lot of legislation in his 36 years in the U.S. Senate, but perhaps no legislation more significant than that on agriculture and trade, observers say.
Better make that the 2014 farm bill.
Federal employees in Montana showed up to work on Tuesday morning to get the news about the federal government shutdown.
With less than a week before the federal farm bill expires and nothing suggesting a new one is in the works, September 2013 is beginning to look a lot like 2012 — and 2011.
As House Republicans consider slicing up their failed 2013 farm bill and voting on its parts separately, Montana agriculture groups are saying no thanks.
Montanans responded with extreme disappointment to U.S. House lawmakers’ failure to pass a farm bill Thursday.
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.
Montana farm groups are hopeful that Congress can pass a farm bill in the next five months, but time is running out.
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.
In a move to assure Montana malt barley growers that their crop is valued, Anheuser-Busch InBev, the world’s largest brewer, pledged a long-term partnership Friday.
Warning of financial jeopardy without a new farm bill, Montana agricultural groups are flying to Washington to urge House Republican leaders to act by month’s end, though it may be too late.
Days after watching the farm bill sail through the Senate, farm groups are doubtful the House can do the same.
GREAT FALLS - Montana farm officials are concerned farmers might lose the advantage of competitive bidding from two grain companies that recently became owned by a Japanese conglomerate.
With one in five Montana jobs tied to agriculture, the U.S. Senate’s work on the 2012 farm bill this month couldn’t be more crucial to the state’s economy, Sen. Max Baucus told lawmakers Thursday.
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.
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.
A bedrock farm subsidy program appeared dead as a new Senate farm bill proposal relying on crop insurance programs and disaster assistance was rolled out Thursday.
Senate and House Ag Committee leaders insist they’ll plow through election-year politics and craft a five-year farm bill this year.