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Deep Cuts Proposed for University Service Agencies

Feb 2, 2017

Agricultural producers and fire chiefs say they will be among those harmed by the deep cuts proposed for the service agencies that are tied to the Montana university system.


Two of the state's largest buyers of barley announced plans to reduce the number of contracts they offer to growers by as much as 60 percent.
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Tough times continue for Montana grain growers.

George Haines, an economist at Montana State University says farmers last year saw, "grain prices in a free fall, really a tough year."

The Senate passed the farm bill on Dec. 11, 2018.
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Montana grain growers should be keeping an eye on more than who President-elect Trump appoints as agriculture secretary. That’s what an industry expert told them at their conference in Great Falls Wednesday.

Wheat
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Montana remains a leader in organic agriculture, and this week more than 200 organic farmers, buyers, suppliers and others are getting together in Kalispell to figure out how to take advantage of the growing markets nationwide for organic products.

Montana Proposes Elk Hazing To Check Brucellosis Spread

Aug 10, 2016
Cow elk.
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HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana wildlife officials are proposing to keep elk that have been exposed to disease from mingling with unexposed elk across a wide area north and west of Yellowstone National Park, though they acknowledge that plan has a high possibility of failure.

Wheat.
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The winter wheat harvest is buttoning up and Montana producers expect to see average to above average yields. Great news, right?

Normally yes, but Lola Raska tells us wheat farmers have their backs up against the wall this year.

Gianforte Selects Phillips County Commissioner And Rancher As Running Mate

Mar 7, 2016
Phillips County Commissioner and rancher Lesley Robinson with her husband Jim. The couple ranches near Portman on a ranch that's been in the family since the 1950s.
Courtesy Dave Skinner/Range Magazine

Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Gianforte announced Phillips County Commissioner Lesley Robinson as his choice for lieutenant governor.

The Bozeman businessman says Robinson has the qualities he’s looking for in a running mate.

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.

Pallid sturgeon.
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There’s a week left for public comment on a proposal to remove a dam on the Yellowstone river, with the goal of preventing the extinction of the pallid sturgeon. Two federal agencies are working on an Environmental Impact Statement on the proposal.

John Youngberg, Montana Farm Bureau Federation

Feb 10, 2016

The chances are extremely high that the food you ate this morning came from a farm. John Youngberg knows something about that. Now their executive vice president, he’s worked for the Montana Farm Bureau Federation for 24 years, and is our guest on “Home Ground Radio” today.

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