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Wyoming producers brace for change in Beef Checkoff

Wyoming producers brace for change in Beef Checkoff

CASPER, Wyo. — Cowboy State cattle producers are bracing for an overhaul of the national Beef Checkoff Program after the U.S. Department of Agriculture proposed the creation of a separate program amid failed administrative reforms of the current system.

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Montana wheat exports improve with union agreement

Montana wheat exports improve with union agreement

Montana’s $1 billion wheat crop caught a break Tuesday when a major Washington grain terminal began loading ships again after a union-caused six-week shutdown.

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Ag secretary OKs treatment designation for 4.95M acres in Montana

Ag secretary OKs treatment designation for 4.95M acres in Montana

MISSOULA — According to the U.S. Forest Service, 21 percent of forested land in Montana, more than 7.6 million acres, is at risk of mortality from insects and diseases – mainly mountain pine beetle infestations – over the next 15 years. Now, forest managers and other stakeholders have one mo…

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Tribal colleges receive federal grants

Tribal colleges receive federal grants

Montana tribal colleges will split $878,843 in grants awarded Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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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 That outdated law would wreak havoc on ag producers and on prices consumers pay.

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Country of origin meat labels survive court challenge

A U.S. District Judge has upheld stricter labeling rules for beef, pork, lamb and goat by rejecting the meat industry’s request for a preliminary injunction.

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USDA awards $250,000 to Indian organization in Billings to boost small businesses

Small-business creation in Indian Country received a $250,000 boost on Monday as the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded rural development grants.

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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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Western lawmakers push to restore mineral funds

CHEYENNE — A bipartisan group of western lawmakers is pushing legislation in Washington to restore cuts of $110 million in federal mineral royalty payments to 35 states.

May 14, 2013 7:20 pmLoading…
Forest Service additions to aerial firefighting fleet remain uncertified

Forest Service additions to aerial firefighting fleet remain uncertified

MISSOULA — The U.S. Forest Service won’t cut any funds from its retardant-bombing fleet this fire season, but it will enter the fray with a lot of planes that aren’t certified to fight wildfires.

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Western regional wildfire outlook planned Monday

Western regional wildfire outlook planned Monday

RENO, Nev. — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell plan to offer a regional outlook next week for the upcoming fire season across the West. Agency experts forecast above normal fire potential across almost all of Arizona, New Mexico, California and Oregon…

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Ag secretary seeks conservation commitment from lawmakers

Ag secretary seeks conservation commitment from lawmakers

Farmers will have to toe the line on conservation practices or go without taxpayer-subsidized crop insurance under a plan backed by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.

May 07, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Bullock lauds state forest management, urges feds to emulate Montana efforts

Bullock lauds state forest management, urges feds to emulate Montana efforts

HELENA — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock told a room full of foresters and landowners Friday that federal land managers could learn some important lessons from the state when it comes to timber.

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Wyoming state rep opposes move against horse slaughter plants

CHEYENNE -- State Rep. Sue Wallis says the Obama administration's proposal in its 2014 budget that would effectively ban the slaughter of horses for human consumption is "a pretty sorry situation."

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USFS budget cuts likely to affect fire, forest management

USFS budget cuts likely to affect fire, forest management

MISSOULA — The U.S. Forest Service expects to shoulder $212 million in sequestration cuts this year, but no one can say how that might play out at the local level.

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Dairy farmers cope with high feed costs

Dairy farmers cope with high feed costs

MANHATTAN — Ted Flikkema is picking up the tab for another very expensive meal.

February 24, 2013 12:15 am Photos

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USDA backs hot-iron brands with new ID rule

USDA backs hot-iron brands with new ID rule

Looks like cowboys left their mark on U.S. animal identification policy.

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Senators urge USDA action to curb wildfire risk

DENVER — Senators from Colorado, Wyoming and South Dakota are encouraging federal officials to use the timber industry to help thin forests prone to wildfires, like ones that raged across their states this summer.

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Feds declare 16 Wyoming counties drought disaster

CHEYENNE — The federal government has designated 16 Wyoming counties as disaster areas because of the drought and six more also qualify for assistance because they're contiguous to the primary counties.

August 01, 2012 5:44 pmLoading…

Conservation acres grow by 3.9 million acres, but cuts loom

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has accepted 3.9 million acres of vulnerable farm land into its conservation program, including a quarter-million acres in Montana and Wyoming.

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