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Great Falls residents work to put brakes on meat plant

May 17, 2018 — Smell, water pollution and traffic are the big three concerns for a group of citizens in Great Falls, Mont., fighting the proposed 3,000-acre Madison Food Park packing plant. During a recent standing room only meeting at the local Civic Center, the group Great Falls Area

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Montana ranchers oppose creation of the largest nature reserve in US

May 14, 2018 — Montana cattlemen are playing defense against the American Prairie Reserve, a nonprofit with a mission "to create the largest nature reserve in the continental United States." "When complete, it will protect nearly 3.5 million acres of prairie ecosystem (for comparison, Grand Teton National Park is

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Drought, winter storms, wildfires drive hay prices higher as supplies dwindle

April 27, 2018 — Winter storms that continued into the spring months have exacerbated dwindling supplies of hay. Cow/calf and feedlot managers are in short supply, following the drought-stricken 2017 season. In some areas, the extra month of winter has pasture turn-out on hold, and along with the dwindling

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US producers wary of Brazil’s growing control in beef processing

April 19, 2018 — Brazil's Marfrig Global Foods has reached an agreement to acquire 51 percent of National Beef Packing Co. for $969 million, becoming the world's second-largest beef processor, the company announced in a statement. JBS remains the largest beef processor. In addition, Marfrig intends to sell 100

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Newborn calves face challenges from lingering winter storms

April 18, 2018 — Any hope of emerging from the 2018 winter that won't end, and replenishing depleted levels of Vitamin D, in people and livestock has been nothing short of elusive these past few months. But rest assured, the apparently bipolar mother nature will in fact come through

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Friends of Animals wants Mont. feral horses on the endangered species list

April 13, 2018 — An organization called Friends of Animals launched a lawsuit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, asking for the agency to give a herd of non-native, feral horses in Montana protection under the Endangered Species Act. FoA is proceeding with the lawsuit despite the fact

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Nebraska Supreme Court to hear landowners’ Keystone Pipeline challenge

April 9, 2018 — All is not so quiet on the homefront for the Keystone Pipeline, slated to trek across Nebraska. While mainstream media seems to have put the topic on the back burner, Nebraska groups opposed to the pipeline still believe the 36-inch pipeline, carrying crude oil just

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China tariff war would hit ag producers in the pocket book

April 5, 2018 — While White House officials continue to downplay the possibility of a potential trade war between the United States and China, agriculture associations are weighing in with their concerns. "We are not in a trade war with China, that war was lost many years ago by

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President signs omnibus spending bill; ELD mandate exemption included

March 22, 2018 — Livestock haulers will be exempted from the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate through the 2018 federal fiscal year, thanks to language included in the $1.3 trillion omnibus funding measure released March 21 from the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill was signed by President Trump

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EWC Rodeo and Trade Show kicks off spring rodeo season

March 15, 2018 — The Eastern Wyoming College Lancer Rodeo team is beginning its spring season, and will host the 2018 Lancer Rodeo and the second annual Trade Show, March 23, 24 and 25 in Torrington, Wyo. "We are the third of six spring rodeos in the central Rocky

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Additional 90-day waiver for livestock haulers on ELD mandate

March 13, 2018 — Truck drivers in the agriculture industry received another 90-day waiver in regards to the controversial Electronic Log Device mandate. Dec. 18, 2017 was D-day for most drivers, but an appeal allowed livestock haulers the first 90- day stay. On March 13, the U.S. Department of

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Carbon monoxide poisoning – the silent killer

March 9, 2018 — Spring is in the air, and rodeos, fairs and camping trips are on the agenda. These activities come with their share of hazards. One deadly hazard, that is sometimes overlooked, is carbon monoxide poisoning. The rodeo world recently lost 27-year-old, Justin Cunningham to the deadly

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Nebraska: Sen. Fischer named leader of agriculture subcommittee

March 2, 2018 — U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., announced that she will serve as the chairman of the Livestock, Marketing, and Agriculture Security Subcommittee on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, which she joined in January. "Livestock production in Nebraska feeds the world and it's our

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USDA releases 10-year ag projections: Beef consumption expected to rise

February 26, 2018 — Over the next 10 years, the agricultural sector is expected to continue to adjust to lower prices for most farm commodities and relatively low energy prices. But per capita use of red meat and poultry is projected to rise from roughly 218 pounds per person

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Public Lands Grazing Plan Gets a Makeover

February 2, 2018 — Last September, the Bureau of Land Management launched a demonstration program allowing stakeholders in the grazing community an opportunity to achieve rangeland health goals on public land, while allowing greater flexibility in livestock management decisions. The pilot program, focusing on responsive outcome-based grazing on public

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Pruitt cuts EPA CAFO reporting saying there is no way to calculate emissions

January 30, 2018 — Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt took a stand next to cattle producers, denying a petition brought by environmental activist groups hoping to add more regulations on concentrated animal feeding operations under the guise of the Clean Air Act. The EPA decision, posted in the

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Canada files WTO complaint: sets stage for NAFTA discussion

January 19, 2018 — Canada filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization over tariffs under the Trump administration, just a few weeks before scheduled talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement. The complaint was filed Dec. 20, but made public on Jan. 10. Some analysts have called

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Hours of service with ELD mandate challenging for livestock haulers

January 18, 2018 — The electronic logging device (ELD) mandate, implemented Dec. 18, 2017, has equine enthusiasts, along with other ag show competitors, wondering if they fall under the stringent rules the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has created. The American Quarter Horse Association, along with several other groups,

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Prepare cows for severe weather conditions

January 12, 2018 — Severe wind and cold can cause significant problems for livestock and their owners. Evidence of such problems are found in the chronicles of the South Dakota blizzard, Oct. 4-5, 2013. The wind, snow and cold resulted in major cattle loss. The storm caught many by

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Update on 2 proposed Montana meat packing plants

January 3, 2018 — Montana Madison Food Park A Nov. 20 meeting on the proposed Montana Madison Food Park, near Great Falls, has stirred a heated debate on the pros and cons of meat plants in a state that currently has two large-scale slaughter houses on the discussion table.

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