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Pallid sturgeon.
USFWS Midwest (CC-BY-2.0)

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.

Live and beetle killed trees in the Helena National Forest.
Steve Jess

State officials say the new kinds of forest management tools the Farm Bill gave them are good for both Montana’s forests and the state’s economy. But some environmentalists say those claims are dubious at best.

Grants Will Fund Bee Research At MSU

Oct 7, 2015
A new law signed this week means Montana honey producers could collect millions of dollars in back payments.
(PD)

Montana State University was awarded several research grants today, including one to help research threats to Montana’s bee colonies.

There's been a significant shake-up at the Montana Department of Livestock. The agency's executive officer of over eight years, Christian Mackay, resigned this week after a closed-door evaluation by the board that oversees his agency. Brands Enforcement Division Administrator, John Grainger and dairy industry representative, Jeff Lewis, also tendered their resignations.

Sage Grouse Listing Decision Could Come Next Week

Sep 18, 2015
Sage grouse.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Pacific Southwest Region (PD)

The federal government could announce whether the greater sage grouse will be added to the endangered species list as early as next week.

A corn field in the Mission Valley damaged by bears.
Courtesy Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ wildlife staff is warning residents and hunters about widespread black and grizzly bear movement from the base of the Mission mountains to the lower Flathead River. They say bears are following riparian areas west into the valley in search of decreasing food supplies like hawthorn and fruit.

Solutions Under Our Feet: Regenerative Agriculture

Sep 13, 2015
Luc Viatour (CC BY-NC) (Luc Viatour / www.Lucnix.be)

The Food Guys describe an article profiling one type of "regenerative agriculture," a form of organic, sustainable farming. "It's really about how small farmers are feeding the world, from the ground up, rather than agribusiness, with its monocultures, GMO crops, and poorly-paid farm workers," says Greg Patent.

Sage Grouse
USFWS Mountain Prairie (CC-BY-2)

Governor Steve Bullock Monday signed on to a joint state and federal plan to provide incentives for farmers and ranchers to preserve sage grouse habitat on their land. The chicken-sized wild bird is in decline and could be listed as an endangered species this fall.

Cow elk.
PD

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks is seeking public comment on proposed guidelines to establish additional elk hunting seasons, called "shoulder seasons". Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks’ Quentin Kujala says they’d be used as a tool to reduce elk populations.

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