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Montana-made malt: Booming barley business supplies local brews

Montana-made malt: Booming barley business supplies local brews

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.

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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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Agriculture, trade are hallmarks of Baucus' tenure

Agriculture, trade are hallmarks of Baucus' tenure

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.

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Conference committee sees progress, but no farm bill vote until 2014

Conference committee sees progress, but no farm bill vote until 2014

Better make that the 2014 farm bill.

December 16, 2013 7:00 pm Photos

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Federal agencies grind to halt as shutdown begins

Federal agencies grind to halt as shutdown begins

Federal employees in Montana showed up to work on Tuesday morning to get the news about the federal government shutdown.

October 02, 2013 8:04 am Photos

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Congress again likely to miss farm bill deadline, farmers express disappointment

Congress again likely to miss farm bill deadline, farmers express disappointment

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.

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Montana farm groups leery of plan to split up farm bill

As House Republicans consider slicing up their failed 2013 farm bill and voting on its parts separately, Montana agriculture groups are saying no thanks.

July 03, 2013 9:00 pmLoading…
House farm bill defeat frustrates Montanans

House farm bill defeat frustrates Montanans

Montanans responded with extreme disappointment to U.S. House lawmakers’ failure to pass a farm bill Thursday.

June 20, 2013 4:57 pmLoading…
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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Montana farmers optimistic about new farm bill this year

Montana farm groups are hopeful that Congress can pass a farm bill in the next five months, but time is running out.

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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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Anheuser-Busch InBev commits to Montana barley

Anheuser-Busch InBev commits to Montana barley

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.

October 12, 2012 6:07 pm Photos

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Farmers demand farm bill by September's end

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.

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Farm bill skeptics turn to House

Days after watching the farm bill sail through the Senate, farm groups are doubtful the House can do the same.

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Montana farmers concerned about competitive bidding

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.

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Senate farm bill work under way

Senate farm bill work under way

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.

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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…
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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Baucus rolls out new farm programs

Baucus rolls out new farm programs

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.

March 29, 2012 7:35 pmLoading…
A farm bill by September is possible

A farm bill by September is possible

Senate and House Ag Committee leaders insist they’ll plow through election-year politics and craft a five-year farm bill this year.

March 11, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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