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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.

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Guest opinion: Schools can boost nutrition for all students

No child in Montana should go hungry.

June 25, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

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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February saw 'stellar' snowpack, precipitation

A snowy, wet February across much of Montana left behind snowpack and precipitation levels not usually seen until April or May in many areas.

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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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Area snowpack mostly ahead of norm

Despite what might have appeared to be a snowier-than-usual January — it really only snowed at the beginning and end of the month and was broken up by a significant warm, dry spell in the middle — statewide snowpack was down just a bit by the end of the month.

February 11, 2014 4:59 pmLoading…

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.

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9th Circuit asked to stop USDA predator killing of coyotes, cougars

9th Circuit asked to stop USDA predator killing of coyotes, cougars

RENO, Nev. — Conservationists have appealed a federal judge's rejection of their lawsuit in Nevada aimed at shutting down a federal program that spends more than $100 million a year to subsidize the killing of coyotes, mountain lions and other predators that threaten livestock.

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Sugar prices hit a sour note as beet harvest begins

Sugar prices hit a sour note as beet harvest begins

A sour economic outlook awaits sugar beet farmers as the Montana harvest begins with domestic sugar prices at a 30-year low.

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Gazette opinion: Montana needs both farm aid, food aid

Small wonder that agriculture leaders are dismayed with the split Farm Bill that House Republicans passed.

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Billings printing business enjoys second life creating insect traps

Billings printing business enjoys second life creating insect traps

In the years when the bad bugs that harm crops thrive, sales also jump at Topel Printing in Billings, an unlikely business relationship by any measure.

March 31, 2013 12:10 am Photos

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Ranch on Billings' outskirts up for auction

A 1,933 acre ranch two miles east of the Billings city limits goes on the auction block Tuesday.

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Grizzly cub captured, mother euthanized for killing cattle outside Red Lodge

Grizzly cub captured, mother euthanized for killing cattle outside Red Lodge

A female grizzly bear and her cub, who have been killing cattle southeast of Red Lodge since July, were captured this week. The adult female was euthanized.

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SD2 tweaks menu following new USDA regs

SD2 tweaks menu following new USDA regs

Sometimes, the trick to getting kids to eat their vegetables is to not serve them canned corn.

September 08, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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Lunch time

Lunch time

Christy Wininger, of Sodexo Food Services, checks students' lunch trays at Broadwater Elementary School on Friday.

September 07, 2012 2:38 pmLoading…
Reminder

Reminder

A sign reminds students of meal requirements at Broadwater Elementary School on on Friday.

September 07, 2012 2:38 pmLoading…
Lunch time

Lunch time

Christy Wininger, of Sodexo Food Services, checks students' lunch trays at Broadwater Elementary School in 2012.

September 07, 2012 2:38 pmLoading…
School lunch

School lunch

Sodexo Food Services lunches in Billings must contain at least a half cup of fruit or vegetables.

September 07, 2012 2:38 pmLoading…
School lunch

School lunch

A Billings School District lunch has at least a half-cup of fruit or vegetables.

September 07, 2012 2:38 pmLoading…
Appointees named to assist Native American farmers

Appointees named to assist Native American farmers

WASHINGTON — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has named the members of a council created in a 2010 settlement to ensure Native American farmers and ranchers have access to Department of Agriculture programs.

May 24, 2012 5:22 pmLoading…

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