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Montana eyes Oregon GMO grain problems

Montana eyes Oregon GMO grain problems

Montana’s $1.7 billion wheat industry is watching cautiously as foreign buyers react negatively to unauthorized genetically modified wheat discovered in Oregon.

May 31, 2013 8:30 pm Photos

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The path less traveled: Young people leave cities to farm

The path less traveled: Young people leave cities to farm

BRUSETT — It’s 9 a.m. and the vast Eastern Montana prairie in Casey Coulter’s windshield is giving way to piney hills and the snowcapped Little Rocky Mountains, which the former bank loan officer points to as evidence he’s not crazy.

March 17, 2013 12:15 am Photos

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Montana farmers upset about Canadian wheat rules

Montana farmers upset about Canadian wheat rules

The wheat fields on either side of the Montana-Canadian border don’t look any different, but buyers north of the line say U.S. grain is worth less, which bothers Outlook farmer Gordon Stoner.

March 11, 2013 12:05 am Photos

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Farm bill can wait, economist says

Farmers are demanding Congress pass a new, $900 billion farm bill by the end of the month, but a conservative Montana economist says there’s no rush. Putting the bill on hold might benefit taxpayers, he said.

September 19, 2012 6:30 pmLoading…
House farm bill draws Montana concern

House farm bill draws Montana concern

Between now and Sept. 30, Congress will work 21 days and that has Montana Farmers Union lobbyist Chris Christiaens doubtful a farm bill can be passed.

July 11, 2012 9:45 pmLoading…
House eyes farm bill cuts, rightfully so say some

House eyes farm bill cuts, rightfully so say some

When House budget hawks called for deep cuts to federal farm subsidies recently, most people in Montana saw it as a ruinous assault on the state's largest industry.

March 26, 2012 11:55 pmLoading…

Despite strong 2011, Montana agriculture faces risks, economists say

BOZEMAN — Montana agriculture, the state’s top economic performer since the recession, could easily trip on government policies and high business costs, economists said Friday.

October 28, 2011 4:45 pmLoading…

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