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Firefighter in front of a wildfire.
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Wildfire training sessions for firefighters in Montana are being called off because of the government shutdown. That has state officials worried about whether they’ll be prepared for next fire season. 

Michael DeGrosky has been scheduled for months to teach a wildfire training course in Missoula next week.

A new law signed this week means Montana honey producers could collect millions of dollars in back payments.
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A new law signed this week means Montana honey producers could collect millions of dollars in back payments.

Eggs
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Across the U.S. the bird flu outbreak has caused big egg price increases, higher demands, and even egg rations. But in Montana, egg producers aren’t seeing similar changes.

Montana schools are improving school lunches at one of the fastest rates in the nation.

The US Department of Agriculture says Montana is one of six states where 98 percent of schools or more are meeting new meal standards set by the federal government.

In this feature interview, Capitol Reporter Dan Boyce speaks with USDA Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services Kevin Concannon about the intent of these major revisions.