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Food supply chain is broken

News from the Montana Farmers Union MONTANA — The problem of food security is nothing new. “I found it to be very stressful when going to the store,” said Sheena Annala who is a mother of three from Great Falls. Just like many consumers Annala experienced a threat to food security during the pandemic.  American farm policy encourages large corporate farms and centralized processing facilities. Fifty years ago, Montana raised and processed 70 percent of its food. Today, it raises and processes less than 10 percent of its food. Most ag products are shipped 1,000 miles to corporate monopolies to be processed, packaged and shipped back 1,000 miles to be put on she...

St. Luke Community Healthcare receives cardiac recognition award St. Luke Community Healthcare receives cardiac recognition award

News from St. Luke Community Healthcare St. Luke Community Healthcare was recognized with the Cardiac Recognition Award at the Montana Hospital Association’s annual virtual meeting in early October. The Cardiac Recognition Award is sponsored by the Cardiovascular Health Program within the state he...

Revenue potential of taxation on recreational cannabis considered

News from UM Bureau of Business, Economic Research MONTANA ­— The Montana economy could receive a significant boost in revenue, if it were to tax the sale of legalized recreational cannabis, according to a new study released by researchers at the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the...

$237K to be invested in rural business development

News from the U.S. Department of Agriculture RONAN — The Trump Administration announced that the United States Department of Agriculture is investing $237,000 in business development in rural southwestern Montana and across the state. USDA awarded the grants through the Rural Business Development ...

Providence St. Joseph Medical Center receives award Providence St. Joseph Medical Center receives award

News from the Montana Hospital Association HELENA — The Montana Hospital Association named Providence St. Joseph Medical Center the winner of the association’s 2020 Excellence in Behavioral Health Service Award. The award recognizes a healthcare organization that demonstrates vision and e...

CSKT accepting business relief grant applications

News from CSKT PABLO — The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Economic Development Office is now accepting applications for coronavirus business relief funds.  The CSKT Small Business Relief Grants program offers over $1 million in federally allocated financial assistance to qualified...

Polson Chamber postpones SPLASH, luncheons

News from the Polson Chamber of Commerce POLSON — After careful and considerable deliberation last week, we have decided to postpone all SPLASH and general luncheon meetings for the remainder of the year. This was a difficult decision. We are hopeful that the New Year will bring renewed opportunit...

Polson, Arlee businesses praised for making PPE

News from the Office of the Governor MONTANA — Governor Steve Bullock praised Montana companies for pivoting their normal operations to produce cloth face masks, 3D-printed face masks, face shields, surgical gowns and hand sanitizer, and reminded businesses that funding is available to help suppor...

Hemp producers get even playing field, less red tape

News from the Office of Senator Jon Tester  BIG SANDY — After months of efforts to expand banking services for Montana hemp producers, U.S. Senator Jon Tester announced that the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network has updated its guidance to expand financial services available for hemp busin...

Governor announces new loan deferment program for Montana businesses

News from the Office of the Governor MONTANA – Governor Steve Bullock recently announced the creation of a loan deferment program to assist Montana businesses impacted by COVID-19. The Montana Loan Deferment Program will allow businesses and other entities to defer payments on existing loans for ...


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