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Montana lawmakers are eyeing changes to a loophole increasingly used to facilitate residential development. Opponents say the real estate and building industries are turning water appropriation on its head.   News from Amanda Eggert Montana Free Press Three years ago, a Bozeman-based engineering firm sent four nearly identical letters to the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation sketching out loose plans for a 41-lot subdivision proposed for a rural, predominantly agricultural landscape along the eastern shore of Canyon Ferry. The four letters, all sent on the same day, correspond with the four phases of a subdivision proposed by one of Montana’s most p...


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News from AgWest BOZEMAN — AgWest Farm Credit customer-members in Montana have received their annual cash patronage dividends for 2022, which totaled more than $11.9 million.   On Jan. 1, 2023, Farm Credit West and Northwest Farm Credit Services merged to form a new association, AgWest Far...


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MONTANA — The debate over importing Brazilian beef has continued this spring with politicians around the country working to suspend imports.  Montana’s Jon Tester and South Dakota’s Mike Rounds reintroduced a bipartisan bill to the U.S. Senate in February to suspend Brazilian beef i...


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Governor Gianforte kicks off Montana Agriculture Month, shears ewe   News from the office of Governor Gianforte DILLON — Kicking off Montana Agriculture Month, Governor Greg Gianforte today visited a multi-generational family sheep ranch near Dillon. “At their ranch in southw...


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Calving season is well underway throughout Montana and the Mission Valley, despite the difficulties presented by recent unpredictable weather.  According to Ken Morris, a member of the board of directors of the Montana Cattleman’s Association, many ranchers are opting for calving in March or ev...


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News from MSGA HELENA — On March 21, National Ag Day, the Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA) will launch its first of a series of rollover auctions at markets across Montana to raise funds for its appeal of Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) decision regarding American Prairie’s gr...


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RONAN — The Ronan Chamber of Commerce will celebrate local farmers and ranchers with their 43rd annual Agriculture Appreciation Dinner on March 24. This year’s event will honor Jack Stivers of the MSU Agriculture Extension Office in Lake County. Following 32 years of service as an extension ag...


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Funding will expand meat and poultry processing in Montana  and comes from Tester’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) News from the office of Senator Tester Big Sandy — U.S. Senator Jon Tester secured $9,752,250 for Bear Paw Development to finance expanded meat and poultry processing...


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News from the office of Matt Rosendale WASHINGTON, D.C. – On March 14, Congressmen Matt Rosendale (MT-02) and Ro Khanna (CA-17) introduced the USA Beef Act to amend the Federal Meat Inspection Act to ensure that beef labeled “Product of the U.S.A.” is exclusively born, raised, and slau...


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MONTANA — On Jan. 31 of this year, the Montana Department of Livestock recommended all equine events and rodeos be cancelled in Flathead County due to an outbreak of a severe equine illness.  Equine herpesvirus, myeloencephalopathy (EHM), is the neurological form of the equine herpesvirus disea...


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