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Montana Ag Network: Ranchers hoping calmer cattle will lead to beefed-up profits

ABSAROKEE - Beef Quality Assurance is a nationally coordinated, state-implemented program that provides information to U.S. beef producers and beef consumers of how common sense husbandry techniques can be coupled with accepted scientific knowledge...

Montana Ag Network: 4-H camp teaches team building and leadership skills

4-H is a nationwide organization that teaches kids important skills to guide them in the future. Last week, Cascade County's 4-H kids went on their annual camp retreat to learn more of those skills. From the...

Montana Ag Network: farmers discuss Bayer-Monsanto merger

BILLINGS- One of the world’s largest Agri-Business mergers is now complete. On Thursday, Bayer completed its $66 billion purchase of Monsanto creating the largest seed and agrochemical company in the world and farmers are weighing...

Montana Ag Network: Montana Extension Agent travels to Hawaii to shear sheep

When most people travel to Hawaii, it’s to experience the state’s beautiful tropical weather and tourist attractions but that’s not the case for one Montana State University Ag Extension Agent and his family from...

Montana Ag Network: Lower net farm income having impact on equipment sales

BILLINGS - Farm and ranch equipment dealers play a very important role in Montana’s Ag Industry. And like other main street businesses that depend on farmers and ranchers, the recent lower net farm income...

Montana Ag Network: USDA check-off referendum underway for Christmas tree growers

Even though it's only May, Christmas tree growers are already counting the days until this year’s holiday season, and this month, growers are being asked to vote on whether to continue a very important...

Montana Made: The Farmers Daughter Fibers

Spending her early years on a ranch near the Blackfeet Reservation, Candice English says her Montana roots are saturated in a blend of cultures that are at the heart of The Farmers Daughter Fibers. “Having...

Montana Ag Network: Summer Grilling Season

To the delight of many, the summer grilling season is officially underway. And Montana ranchers are helping grillers deliver a mouth-watering eating experience with one of America’s favorite proteins. “We’ve been waiting all winter for...

Montana Ag Network: New fertilizer plant built in Lockwood

BILLINGS - As farmers continue their busy spring planting, a new fertilizer plant has been built in South Central Montana that loads, stores and unloads more efficiently to help growers. “We’ve had a lot of...

Montana Ag Network: Big Equipment’s big return after devastating fire

HAVRE - Big Equipment in Havre has been around for decades. “Big Bud in our community, everyone knows Big Bud,” Big Equipment co-owner Tim Harmon said. But Christmas Eve of 2017 will be a day...

Montana Ag Network: Farmers returning to fields after wet start to spring

BILLINGS - Conditions are warming up and allowing fieldwork to finally progress in Montana, and that’s putting a lot smiles on farmers’ faces. “This is probably the first year we’ve had all the equipment ready...

Montana Ag Network: Dogs help protect livestock

Steve Skelton, a rancher near Bynum, has been using livestock-guarding dogs as a way to protect his sheep from predators. Recently, a grizzly bear made its way onto Skelton’s ranch, killing one of his sheep. “The...

Montana Ag Network: Montana Beef Council teams with Wendy’s to promote ranchers

 BILLINGS - The Montana Beef Council has teamed up with Billings-based franchise, Wentana, again to answer the age old question: Where’s the Beef? “It helps sell more burgers and get more beef on more plates...

Montana Ag Network: Montana farmers intend to grow more hay in 2018

BILLINGS - Two years ago the U.S. had its lowest hay harvest in more than a century and this year is slated to be the second lowest hay harvest since 1906. But Montana hay growers...

Montana Ag Network: Farm and ranch families work to preserve monarch habitats

As monarch butterflies prepare to fly north, Montana farm and ranch families are encouraged to help provide a layover for these iconic insects by planting milkweed habitats along the migration path. “With the Monarch Challenge,...

Montana Ag Network: Cargill commits to Montana through canola

Cargill's history in Montana dates back to a grain project in Valier in 1908. Now, the Minnesota-based agriculture company is embarking on a new venture, headquartered in a new facility. Walking into the company’s new facility...

Montana Ag Network: Ranchers demand reform of Endangered Species Act

Leaders in Montana’s ranching industry are in Washington, D.C., this week working on federal issues that are impacting their operations and way of life. They’re meeting with other livestock producers from across the nation as...

Montana Ag Network: FFA helping develop future Ag educators

FFA is one of the largest youth organizations in America. And each year, FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career...

Montana Ag Network: dogs are helping this rancher protect livestock

 Being a rancher in Montana is a difficult job, with challenges ranging from sub-zero weather to dangerous predators, but one rancher in Bynum has a new tool to protect his livestock. “They’re all about their...

Montana Ag Network: Program removes dead livestock from ranches

Bears are emerging from a long hibernation and looking for a meal - and sometimes that meal is found on ranches. “It used to be an anomaly to see a grizzly, now it’s almost an...

Montana Ag Network: Celebrating women in agriculture

March is Women’s History Month and the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee is celebrating women in agriculture. And one of these women is a fourth-generation wheat farmer from Conrad, who’s also the 2017-18 Montana FFA...

Montana Ag Network: Supporting Ag literacy during tax season

It’s tax season and the Montana Department of Agriculture is encouraging Montanans to support the Montana Agriculture in the Classroom program by contributing to the voluntary check-off program when filing this year’s income taxes. As...

Montana Ag Network: Farmers celebrating National Ag Week

Agriculture is Montana’s number one industry, and each year Montana farmers and ranchers contribute billions of dollars to the state’s economy. This week, Montana and the rest of the nation are celebrating National Ag Week....

Montana Ag Network: Raising high-quality American lamb

BILLINGS - For consumers, there are very few things in the meat case can that excite your taste buds like that of American lamb. And U.S. lamb producers are proud to raise this delicious...

Montana Ag Network: 90-day ELD waiver gets thumbs up from MT agricultural truckers

BILLINGS - A new 90-day waiver regarding the U.S. Department of Transportation’s new Electronic Logging Device and Hours of Service regulation has been granted for those who haul Ag commodities and livestock. Agricultural haulers like...