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.
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.
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…
Montana tribal colleges will split $878,843 in grants awarded Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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 That outdated law would wreak havoc on ag producers and on prices consumers pay.
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.
Small-business creation in Indian Country received a $250,000 boost on Monday as the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded rural development grants.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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."
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.
MANHATTAN — Ted Flikkema is picking up the tab for another very expensive meal.
Looks like cowboys left their mark on U.S. animal identification policy.
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.
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.
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.