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Superior Farms Secures USDA Approval for Industry’s First Camera Grading Technology

2/7/2018 8:23:00 AM
February 6th, 2018 (Sacramento, CA) – Superior Farms, North America’s largest lamb processor, announced that it has received approval from the USDA to begin grading carcasses with the VSS2000 System camera (Electronic Grading), the first digital camera to be approved for use in the US lamb industry. The new digital camera was installed in October 2015, and Superior Farms has worked hand-in-hand with the USDA to secure approval since then. >> Read More


1/31/2018 8:42:00 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Federal grazing fee for 2018 will be $1.41 per animal unit month (AUM) for public lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management and $1.41 per head month (HM) for lands managed by the USDA Forest Service.  The 2017 public land grazing fee was $1.87. >> Read More

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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Public Lands Council Offers Solution to Cure Patagonia Shame

1/11/2018 8:02:00 AM
WASHINGTON (Jan. 11, 2018) - Today the Public Lands Council launched a new campaign to support rural communities and raise awareness of critical facts in the national monuments debate. The move responds to the profit-driven marketing efforts of multinational retail corporation Patagonia, which promoted false claims about national monuments in the wake of the recent decision to appropriately scale Bears Ears and Grand-Staircase Escalante. The PLC campaign features the distribution of iron-on clothing patches designed to cover the logo on Patagonia merchandise and cure “Patagonia Shame.” >> Read More

FFA Member Sets Sights on Sheep Industry

12/4/2017 9:43:00 AM
Caroline Roeder is a Junior at Chouteau High School and has set her sights on a career in the sheep industry. With the support of her family, 4-H, and FFA, Caroline has all the ingredients to be successful in the sheep ranching business.  >> Read More

MSU Displays Commitment to Montana Wool Growers

12/1/2017 1:54:00 PM
For 134 years the Montana Wool Growers Association has been a voice for the states sheep producers. Over the last century, the issues impacting the industry may have changed, but the commitment to enhancing the sheep industry has remained the same.  >> Read More

Grazing Prevents Wildfires

9/20/2017 1:59:00 PM
Even though you may not have thought about it before, grazing does indeed prevent the catastrophic wildfires that take human lives, families’ homes and ranches, and kill endangered species. >> Read More

2017 Montana Ram Sale Results

9/16/2017 3:46:00 PM

The 92nd Annual Montana Ram Sale and 4th Annual Montana Ewe sale was held in Miles City.

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Wyoming State Ram Sale Results

9/13/2017 8:27:00 AM
The 89th Annual Wyoming State Ram Sale was held in Douglas at the state fairgrounds this week. Here are the unofficial sales results gathered after the sale.  >> Read More

American Lamb Exports on the Rise

8/25/2017 12:10:00 PM

Revenue from lamb exports increased 10 percent for the first half of 2017 (as compared to 2016) with total revenues reaching $9.6 million for exported American lamb according to an August report from the U.S. Meat Export Federation. 

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Recent Ag News

Zinke Supports Reintroduction of Grizzlies in Washington State: Livestock Groups Respond

3/23/2018 1:30:00 PM
WASHINGTON (March 23, 2018) - Today the Public Lands Council (PLC), National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA), and Washington Cattlemen’s Association (WCA) issued the following statements in response to the Department of the Interior’s announcement in support of introducing Grizzly Bears in the Washington North Cascades:  >> Read More
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Montana Farmers and Ranchers Celebrate National Ag Week

3/22/2018 4:41:00 AM

National Ag Week recognizes and celebrates the abundance provided by agriculture. Every year, producers, agricultural associations, corporations, universities, government agencies and countless others across America join together to recognize the contributions of agriculture.

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ELD Delay and More: Omnibus Spending Bill

3/21/2018 9:06:00 PM
Electronic Logging Devices: The bill includes a provision that would grant livestock haulers an exemption from ELDs until September 30, 2018. >> Read More
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125 Years of Agriculture at Montana State University

3/21/2018 4:35:00 PM

The Montana State University College of Agriculture and Montana Agricultural Experiment Station are proud to salute the university's agricultural community and partners across the state.

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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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