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With quarantine lifted after reported bite, ZooMontana wolves back on display

With quarantine lifted after reported bite, ZooMontana wolves back on display

The 10-day quarantine placed on ZooMontana’s pair of gray wolves after a report that one of them might have bitten a young child has ended, and the wolves are back on public view.

October 31, 2014 4:55 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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Kids get free summer meals at Boys and Girls Clubs

Kids get free summer meals at Boys and Girls Clubs

As dozens of youngsters lined up in the cafeteria at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Yellowstone County’s Bair Family Clubhouse on the South Side, the smell of freshly cooked French toast and sausage wafted through the room.

July 17, 2014 1:00 am Photos

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Guest opinion: Schools can boost nutrition for all students

No child in Montana should go hungry.

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Healthy By Design Gardeners' Market seeks vendors

Healthy By Design Gardeners’ Market is seeking vendors for its Thursday night markets, which start June 12.

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Montana joins others in avoiding food-stamp cuts

HELENA - Gov. Steve Bullock will follow the lead of Connecticut and New York to keep $2 million in food-stamp benefits for Montana residents.

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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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Ups and Downs:

Safer shipping. BNSF railway announced plans to buy 5,000 strengthened tank cars to haul oil and ethanol. The railroad plans to acquire the new tankers without waiting for the government to raise safety standards.

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USDA: Montana farm products worth $4.23 billion in 2012

USDA: Montana farm products worth $4.23 billion in 2012

The value of Montana’s agricultural products surpassed $4 billion in 2012, a 50 percent increase over five years, capping the longest modern period of historic price increases, according to federal census data released Thursday.

February 20, 2014 6:35 pm 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.

February 20, 2014 1:03 pmLoading…

Gazette opinion: More certainty for ag producers, less for low-income folks

At long last, Montanans have a law that provides certainty on farm policy for the next five years.

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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.

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Gazette opinion: Past time to break farm bill gridlock

Yet another ominous deadline looms for action on the long-delayed U.S. farm and nutrition bill.

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Wheat prices on a 3-month slide

Wheat prices on a 3-month slide

The price of wheat has been on a steady slide for three months, testing farmers’ nerves.

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Feds: Investigation in Wyoming trapper will remain private

Feds: Investigation in Wyoming trapper will remain private

Results from an ongoing investigation into a Wyoming wildlife trapper accused of mistreating animals will not be made public upon the investigation's completion, a spokeswoman for the investigating agency said.

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Colorado meat company recalls 90,000 pounds of meat

DENVER  - A Windsor meat company has recalled some 90,000 pounds of various meat and poultry products that were produced under unsanitary conditions.

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Guest opinion: Volunteer to help communities prepare for drought

In 2012, two-thirds of the continental United States were affected by drought.

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Rewriting the rules on wolf hunting, trapping

Through Dec. 20, Montanans can weigh in on proposed rule changes that will give landowners more latitude in killing a wolf that threatens their livestock or their pet — and doing so without a hunting license.

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Gazette opinion: U.S. needs 5-year Farm Bill before Christmas

American agriculture harvested a bumper decade. Farm income value increased from $275 billion in 2003 to $425 billion for the past three years.

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Federal govt. restarts with service backlog in Montana

The wheels of government are grinding again — slowly.

October 17, 2013 5:23 pmLoading…

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