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Montana Farmer Optimistic About New Farm Bill

3/9/2018 2:22:00 PM
Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Pat Roberts hopes to begin Senate farm bill work next month. This week, Roberts said that he wants to mark up the bill in April, adding that his staff and the staff of the committee’s ranking Democrat, Debbie Stabenow, have begun work on the bill.  >> Read More

South Dakota Rancher Testifies Before U.S. Senate in Support of FARM Act

3/9/2018 8:30:00 AM
Third-generation South Dakota rancher Todd Mortenson today testified in support of S. 2421, the Fair Agricultural Reporting Method (FARM) Act, which would prevent the federal government from regulating nearly 200,000 animal agricultural operations as if they were toxic Superfund sites.  >> Read More

Canada Thistle Concerns in 2018

3/1/2018 9:56:00 AM
Severe weather affects more than yield. It can make hard-to-control weeds more problematic the following year. In 2017, drought in the Northern Plains jeopardized the spring wheat crop and created ideal conditions for increased Canada thistle competition this growing season. >> Read More

Pulse Crop Fungicide Options

2/26/2018 7:14:00 PM
Grain producers across the Northern Plains and Rocky Mountian West are always exploring options to find crops that complement traditional crops like wheat for many reasons during planting time. In recent years, producers have turned to pulse crops for not only a crop that is beneficial to rotational planting but also the niche market it has created for farmers in times of low commodity prices.  >> Read More

Wyoming Rancher to Congress: "Let Us Loose!"

2/7/2018 2:20:00 PM
WASHINGTON (February 7, 2018) - Today Niels Hansen, Secretary/Treasurer of the Public Lands Council and a member of NCBA, testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works to explain how onerous federal regulations undermine conservation goals. >> Read More

2018 Farm Bill: Funding Battle Begins

1/24/2018 2:15:00 PM
The 2018 Farm Bill is starting to take shape in the halls of Congress. Just today, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced USDA’s Farm Bill and Legislative Principles for 2018. Right after the passing of the 2014 Farm Bill, politicians, agriculture groups, welfare advocates, nutritionists, conservations, environmentalist and more have had their sights set on the 2018 bill and what it would entail. >> Read More

2018 Wildland Fire Academy Registration Open

1/23/2018 10:04:00 AM

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Registration is now open for the 2018 Wildland Fire Academy which will be held in Ft. Pierre, SD on March 22-25. The academy is put on by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s Wildland Fire Division with assistance from their federal partners.


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Supreme Court Acts on WOTUS

1/22/2018 3:25:00 PM
OMAHA (DTN) -- The national stay on the 2015 waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule is expected to be lifted following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday that any legal challenges to the rule must take place in federal district courts and not at the appellate level. >> Read More

MDA Accepting Petitions for New Noxious Weed Listings

1/19/2018 7:30:00 AM

Helena, Mont. - The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) is now accepting petitions for new plants to be added to the Montana Noxious Weed List. Interested parties who feel that a plant should be listed as a noxious weed in Montana can fill out a petition form (found at and send it to Dave Burch at


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From the Beaverhead-Deerlodge to the Lolo to the Custer-Gallatin….

1/18/2018 4:03:00 PM

By Chris Skorupa, Bridger, Montana; Rancher/Owner & Manager, Beartooth Fertilizer, Member of the U.S. Cattlemen’s Association

From the Beaverhead-Deerlodge to the Lolo, the Greater Sage-Grouse makes its home in Montana’s National Forests for its unparalleled habitat conditions. As a species that has faced the label of a “threatened and endangered” species before, the sage grouse has emerged from that conversation as a success story for what can happen when ranchers, landowners, sportsmen, conservationists and federal government officials work together towards a common goal. As a result of these private-public relationships, the sage-grouse avoided being listed as threatened or endangered in 2015.

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Recent Ag News

Wyoming Ranchers Win Right to Be Heard to Defend Against Grizzly Bears Predation

3/20/2018 9:39:00 AM
DENVER, CO. Today, a federal judge agreed that Wyoming ranchers add an important voice to the discussion over how to deal with the rebounded grizzly bear population around Yellowstone National Park. For decades, ranchers such as Charles C. Price and Mary E. Thoman have dealt with the deadly and dangerous effects of the growing grizzly bear population in their backyards but will finally be able to join with the court in ensuring all parties know the true effects of the grizzly bear. Mr. Price and Ms. Thoman, and their fellow ranchers lose countless numbers of livestock due to grizzly bear kills every year. Mr. Price and other ranchers in the Upper Green River Valley lost 71 cattle to confirmed grizzly bear kills in 2017 alone. Ms. Thoman and her family have not only lost countless sheep to grizzly bear kills, but also one of the family’s shepherds was mauled by a female grizzly bear in 2010. Those trying to make an honest living in rural western Wyoming are forced to expend a vast amount of money to try to protect themselves, their employees, and their livelihoods from the unrestrained predation by the ever-growing grizzly bear population. >> Read More
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NCBA Announces 2018 Stockmanship and Stewardship Events

3/20/2018 4:56:00 AM
Stockmanship and Stewardship events provide beef and dairy producers with hands-on training, cattle handling demonstrations, beef quality assurance (BQA) certifications and more. >> Read More
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Senate Ag Committee Recognizes MT FFA President

3/19/2018 10:51:00 AM
March is Women's History Month, and the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry is celebrating women in agriculture. Today the committee recognized Sheridan Johnson, a 4th generation wheat farmer from Conrad, Montana - and Montana FFA Association president. >> Read More
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USCA Petition for Rulemaking on "Fake Meat" Under Consideration

3/16/2018 1:36:00 PM
(WASHINGTON) – The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has posted for public comment the United States Cattlemen’s Association’s (USCA) petition for rulemaking on the definitions of “beef” and “meat”. The deadline for letters of support is April 10th. >> Read More
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Montana Ranchers to Support USCA Truthful Beef Labeling

3/16/2018 1:29:00 PM
The United States Cattlemen’s Association’s (USCA) efforts on truthful beef labeling will be supported this month with multiple fundraising events being organized by producers across the state on Montana. >> Read More
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