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Montana Department Of Agriculture

Have You Heard: Startup Weekend comes to Billings

The first steps are usually the toughest for budding entrepreneurs, so a group of experts is coming to Rocky Mountain College to help.

September 28, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Food safety training offered

The Montana Department of Agriculture’s Food & Agricultural Development Network will sponsor training sessions for food manufacturing companies. In Eastern Montana, the “Concept to Consumer: Developing Your Food Product for Market” workshops will be held in Red Lodge on Aug. 6 and in Hav…

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'It's relaxing': Beekeeping sees renewed interest in Montana, nationally

'It's relaxing': Beekeeping sees renewed interest in Montana, nationally

Lonnie Larson gently sprayed smoke from a small metal can across a half-dozen rectangular wooden frames in a white wooden box, each frame crawling with hundreds of bees.

May 18, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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Value of Montana agricultural products increases

Value of Montana agricultural products increases

HELENA — The total value of Montana agricultural products sold shot up more than 50 percent over a five-year period even as the number of farms declined, according to preliminary data from a U.S. government agriculture census released Thursday.

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Montana farmers report record hail damage in 2013

Montana farmers report record hail damage in 2013

GREAT FALLS — Insurance claims for crop damage due to hail in Montana exceeded $14 million in 2013.

February 08, 2014 4:39 pmLoading…

South Africa could be new market for Montana beef genetics

HELENA — Montana, known around the world as having some of the highest-quality beef genetics, is continually looking for new markets. This year, after receiving funding, the Montana Department of Agriculture meat and livestock marketing officer Marty Earnheart; Montana State University Inter…

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Montana's top grain marketer resigns

Montana's top grain marketer resigns

Montana’s primary grain marketer is looking for new leadership, following the resignation of state Wheat and Barley Committee Executive Vice President Kim Falcon.

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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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Tiny beetle could have devastating effect on Montana trees

Tiny beetle could have devastating effect on Montana trees

For tree lovers, the emerald ash borer is no gem.

May 11, 2013 12:10 am Photos

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DES organizes help with grazing and hay resources for people affected by fires

DES organizes help with grazing and hay resources for people affected by fires

After thousands of acres of pasture and hay were lost to Montana's largest wildfire, officials are working to make sure landowners in the area have enough resources for their livestock.

July 07, 2012 4:57 pm Photos

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Remodeled State Grain Lab opens in Great Falls

GREAT FALLS — The Montana Department of Agriculture held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly remodeled State Grain Lab, showing off $500,000 in improvements.

June 03, 2012 2:11 pmLoading…
Montana cattle exports take off with Sputnik Ranch in Russia

Montana cattle exports take off with Sputnik Ranch in Russia

SHESTAKOVO, Russia — Darrell Stevenson knew it would take more than rugged Montana cowboys, horses and cattle to create a ranching way of life in Russia, and the Hobson-area Angus breeder figures he’s made a good start. Russian youth might help show the way.

February 05, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Hail-insurance deadline approaches

HELENA -- The Montana Department of Agriculture is reminding farmers that the deadline for purchasing state hail insurance is approaching.

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Local food movement gets trucking

Local food movement gets trucking

One of the quirky issues of Montana agriculture is that, while its crops feed the world, farmers struggle to deliver their products to local grocery stores.

May 10, 2011 12:15 am Photos

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Smiths raise organic beef near Lavina

Smiths raise organic beef near Lavina

Jane and Mark Smith's friends thought they were crazy to quit good jobs and move to Montana to start an organic cattle ranch.

January 09, 2011 12:15 am Photos

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Montana Department of Agriculture

March 01, 2010 6:30 am

Brewers association receives $30K grant

HELENA - Montana's craft brewers are hoping that emphasizing their relationship to the state's grain growers will help people in both industries make more dough.

October 31, 2009 11:00 pmLoading…

State looking for a grant ideas

HELENA - The Montana Department of Agriculture says it wants grant ideas for specialty crops in the state.

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