Montana Public Radio

Lola Raska

Hay bales in a field.
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The U.S. Agriculture Department predicts American net farm income this year will be about 10% higher than in 2018.

Great news, right? Not so fast, say some Montana farmers.

Trucks wait at a Canadian border crossing.
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Beltway Democrats and Republicans are both claiming victory over this week’s announced overhaul of the 25-year-old NAFTA trade agreement. Back home in Montana, farmers and ranchers are still sifting through the pact’s details with a fine-toothed comb. 

Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Matt Rosendale meets with the Montana Grain Growers Association in Great Falls, MT, August 21, 2018.
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Republican Matt Rosendale says Montana farmers stand with him in supporting President Trump on trade issues. But Montana grain trade executives he spoke to Tuesday were unsure if Trump’s hard line stance on trade will end up helping their industry.

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.