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USDA fights discrimination 

News from USDA

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the opening of the financial assistance application process for eligible farmers, ranchers, and forest landowners who experienced discrimination in USDA farm lending programs prior to January 2021. Section 22007 of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) directs USDA to provide this assistance. Since the law’s passage, USDA has worked diligently to design the program in accordance with significant stakeholder input. 


USDA to hold virtual meeting

News from USDA

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) encourages urban producers, innovative producers and other stakeholders to submit comments for and virtually attend a public meeting of the Federal Advisory Committee for Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production (Committee) on Aug. 1, 2023.


First of two-weekend yard sale held in Big Arm

BIG ARM — The Big Arm Association will hold our Community Yard Sale on Saturday July 22 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. and Saturday July 29 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at our historic Big Arm School. Donations are now being accepted during our Thursday coffee hour 10 a.m.-noon or for other drop off arrangements please call Nancy/Jeff at 406-849-5064 or Ron Roberts at 406-871-5809 or e-mail- You can also rent a space at our yard sale for a donation of $10. Please bring your own table. Please let us know so we can reserve a spot for you. All proceeds from the sale will be used to maintain our historic Big Arm School.  


Daines works to protect Montanans’ access to AM radio

News from the office of Senator Daines

U.S. SENATE — Yesterday, U.S. Senator Steve Daines co-sponsored a bicameral, bipartisan bill to ensure the continued availability of AM broadcast in new vehicles at no additional charge to the consumer.

“AM radio is absolutely vital to maintaining the important fabric of our rural Montana communities and plays a critical role in public safety. Whether it be local news, weather or commodity prices, our AM radio stations in Montana are as much a part of us as the local barber or coffee shop. We must preserve our AM radio stations to ensure that Montana remains the Last Best Place.”

Senator Daines recently released a statement praising Ford Motor Company for their decision to keep AM radio in their new vehicles.  


Play in 31st annual golf scramble 

PABLO — SKC will hold their 31st annual golf scramble at Silver Fox Golf Course. On Friday the 18-hole scramble begins with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. Proceeds support SKC scholarship fund. The cost is $400 per team. To register online go to: The same time slots will take place on Sunday, Aug. 12.

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