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Guest opinion: USDA must protect farmers from genetically engineered seed

Another variety of unapproved, genetically engineered wheat has been discovered in the U.S., this time here in Montana. The finding underscores, once again, the weak regulations governing experimental trials of GE crops, as well as the vulnerability of our state’s most valuable export crop.

October 07, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
USDA says unapproved GMO wheat found in Huntley

USDA says unapproved GMO wheat found in Huntley

Unregulated genetically modified wheat has popped up at a Montana research facility east of Billings, the U.S. Agriculture Department said Friday.

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Agriculture equipment sales decline in 2014

Agriculture equipment sales decline in 2014

MITCHELL, S.D. — Sitting under a tent at an annual agricultural equipment sales event, Shawn Berry noted that orders for the machinery he sells have dramatically slowed down this year — so much so that the Ohio-based company he represents could end up 30 percent short in sales compared to la…

September 01, 2014 2:42 pm Photos

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Low wheat prices stress young farmers

Low wheat prices stress young farmers

August cash prices for winter wheat are nearing an eight-year low in Eastern Montana, which could make the 2014 crop unprofitable for some, observers say.

August 19, 2014 5:51 pmLoading…
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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Report: School lunch program misspends money

A new federal report says the government program that funds school lunches for low-income families nationwide misspent about $996 million, or 8 percent of its budget, last fiscal year.

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HEALTH MATTERS: Gardeners’ Market moves to expand

If you like buying fresh fruits and vegetables directly from the farmer, you can shop for them this summer in a Billings park. The Healthy By Design Gardeners’ Market has moved from the campus of RiverStone Health to South Park.

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Crow tribe shuts down federal Internet project

The Crow Tribe has shut down construction of a $15 million federal high-speed Internet project, citing concerns about historic preservation.

June 14, 2014 11:00 pmLoading…

State's congressional delegation proposes act to streamline water permits

Wyoming Republican Sens. John Barrasso and Mike Enzi introduced legislation that would ease permitting requirements for construction of new surface water storage projects in the western United States.

June 08, 2014 12:00 pmLoading…

Gardeners’ Market moves to new location in June

The Healthy By Design Gardeners’ Market, a place where you can buy local produce direct from gardeners and farmers, moves from the campus of RiverStone Health to South Park this summer.

June 03, 2014 11:45 pmLoading…
Hail clobbers some farmers, spares others

Hail clobbers some farmers, spares others

Before Sunday’s hail storm shredded Terral Balzer’s crops, the Worden farmer had a feeling things were going just a little too well.

May 19, 2014 5:30 pm Video Photos

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Mountain snows will swell streams in N. Rockies

Mountain snows will swell streams in N. Rockies

A hefty mountain snowpack in the Northern Rockies has driven down the summer wildfire potential and bumped up prospects that farmers in most of Montana and Wyoming won’t go dry.

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Court rejects food labeling challenge

The meatpacking industry has failed to block a federal law requiring food labels that tell consumers whether their meat came from the United States.

March 28, 2014 5:15 pmLoading…
Bison dodge bio-bullet with official's decision

Bison dodge bio-bullet with official's decision

Yellowstone National Park’s bison have dodged the bio-bullet, again.

March 24, 2014 1:44 pmLoading…
Tester seeks coexistence between farmers and GMO crops

Tester seeks coexistence between farmers and GMO crops

They don’t get along like peas in a pod, but farmers who plant genetically modified crops need to coexist with those who don’t, according to U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont.

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2 years after 2012 wildfires, ranchers still wait for federal disaster assistance

2 years after 2012 wildfires, ranchers still wait for federal disaster assistance

If there was ever a year for a federal livestock disaster program, it was 2012 when wildfires raged across southeast Montana and drought-bit Wyoming ranchers were selling off their cattle before summer even started.

February 22, 2014 12:00 am Photos

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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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Production halts at Western Sugar plant in Lovell

The Western Sugar Cooperative announced on Tuesday that it has halted operations at its plant in Lovell, Wyo., while it puts into place a sanitation plan the U.S. Food and Drug Administration requested and approved in the wake of an employee’s death at the factory on Jan. 4.

January 14, 2014 2:50 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Hoeven should vote with Baucus to protect ranchers

In an unprecedented display of political polarization and congressional gridlock, Congress was unable to pass a 2012 Farm Bill, which later became known as the 2013 Farm Bill, and now will be dubbed the 2014 Farm Bill.

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