Lodgepole Complex fire… Want to help?

Lodgepole Complex fire…
Want to help?

Hay, Trucking & Feedlot Coordination: Jana Hance, Redwater Valley Bank, 406-485-4782; 406-974-2555; jana@redwatervalleybank.com

Fencing Donations: Lori Murnion, 406-977-2334 – please call ahead to coordinate drop-off and unloading; Lammer Brothers in Jordan – drop-off location only

Cash Donations:
– Petroleum County Stockgrowers Relief Fund, PO Box 147, Winnett, MT 59087
– MSGA Fire Relief Fund, 420 North California Street, Helena, MT

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Out of the bad comes the good… Garfield County Fire Foundation Fire Relief Fund Details

Out of the bad comes the good…
Garfield County Fire Foundation Fire Relief Fund Details

It was decided to wait two weeks minimum to choose a leadership team to work on developing applications, identification of needs, etc., for distribution of the generous donations flowing into the Fire Relief Fund. Meanwhile, NO individual or business is authorized to encumber even one dollar of

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In the Dog House

In the Dog House

Gift giving means I walk the fine line between living the dream and living in the dog house three times every year. Last December, I mentioned my $60 blender versus the $5,000 beaver blanket Christmas gift dilemma, and with the trophy wife’s birthday and our anniversary both in August, I once again found myself conflicted. For Druann’s

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Let me translate…

Let me translate…

No one you know says “grain” when they mean “soybeans” or “John Deere” when they mean “tractor.” Of course, you might get away with these vague and misleading substitutes when talking to the non-farming public because most people don’t know soybeans are an oilseed, not a grain, and that Deere & Co. makes a lot more than just

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New Day Needed

New Day Needed

By Chuck Rein
Big Timber, MT, rancher

I have been contemplating why now there is so much concern, conflict, and angst over access to public lands. Mention “public access” in almost any crowd, and negative thoughts begin to flow, no matter what “side” you are on.
I grew up in a time when such was not the case. So, what has changed?

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What will wildlife eat when cattle graze CMR?

Editor’s note: Following the hellacious wildfire(s) in Montana, the possibility of grazing the untouched hundreds of thousands of acres (just shy of 1 million) of the CM Russell National Wildlife Refuge in Montana has been floated as a way to feed thousands of displaced cattle whose fall, winter, and spring groceries burnt to a crisp. The following piece was printed

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State of Montana ponders 24,000-acre ranch purchase…

State of Montana ponders 24,000-acre ranch purchase…

The 24,000-acre Angela Ranch in Rosebud County, MT, may be purchased by the state of Montana with funds from Montana’s Land Banking Fund. The Angela Ranch, located about 30 miles north of Miles City, is on the market for nearly $16 million and “supports antelope, deer, waterfowl, upland game bird hunting opportunities, as well as

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Pangea Nursery Bringing the innate connection humans have to plants back to agricultural consciousness

Pangea Nursery
Bringing the innate connection humans have to plants back to agricultural consciousness

By Kerry Hoffschneider

Andy Waltke, visionary behind Pangea Nursery, is building his own modern-day, pioneer dream with the deed he holds to a small plot of land in a

Andy Waltke kneeling down in his new “farm plot” where the idea of Pangea Nursery is taking shape. He is

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Cowboy Sports 8-17-17

UPCOMING EVENTS

September 2-3
PBR, Thackerville, OK

September 4
All American Futurity, Ruidoso Downs, NM

September 8-9
Women’s Ranch Rodeo Association Finals, Dodge City, KS

September 8-10
Mountain States Ranch Rodeo Finals, Montrose, CO

September 8-10
PBR, Springfield, MO

September 13-16
Pendleton Round Up, Pendleton, OR

September 16-17
PBR, Austin, TX

September 23-24
PBR, Uniondale, NY

September 30-October 1
PBR, Colorado Springs, CO

October 3-14
National Reined Cow Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity, Fort Worth, TX

October 6-7
PBR, Nampa, ID

October 13-15
Big

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Front Page Stories

At the recent Silver State Stampede Rodeo in Elko, Nevada, Tomas Garcilazo, a native of Mexico City, performed his family heritage and tradition of “La Charreria,” a highly developed combination of horsemanship and roping abilities, demonstrating maguey rope artistry and horsemanship. His performances brought audiences to their feet applauding in appreciation of his skills. Lee Raine photo.

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Heads Up! Fort Keogh & Dubois Sheep Station on federal hit list

Heads Up!
Fort Keogh & Dubois Sheep Station on federal hit list

By Leesa Zalesky

“It’ll never happen.”
That seems to be the prevailing attitude among Montanans about the listing of the USDA-ARS (USDA’s Ag Research Service) Fort Keogh Range & Livestock Research Laboratory at Miles City on the Trump administration’s list of federally-operated ag research facilities scheduled for complete shutdown. In contrast, others

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Hay lottery will expand into MT & SD…

Hay lottery will expand into MT & SD…
Producers, don’t miss 8/31 deadline!
Care to lend a hand?

North Dakota’s hay lottery will expand to include Montana and South Dakota, with each state to conduct its own drawing beginning in early September. ND Ag Commissioner Doug Goehring credited Ag Community Relief, a Michigan organization, and North Dakota State University for making the relief

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MFU requests disaster relief after drought and fire…

MFU requests disaster relief after drought and fire…

In June, drought emergency was declared in 19 of Montana’s north-central and eastern counties by Governor Steve Bullock. In response to drought conditions in Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota, the USDA authorized emergency CRP grazing in those states. Montana Farmers Union (MFU) joined forces with other drought-affected Farmers Union states to support

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Sortin Pen 8-17-17

Quote of the Week: Hello, Montana! This week’s quote comes from Lyle Schwarzrock of Poplar, MT: “Common sense is an uncommon commodity.”

If you have a favorite quote to submit, send it on to editor@westernagreporter.com

USDA publishes final COOL Rule…
While country of origin labeling (COOL) was repealed for beef and pork, the law remains in place for other products including chicken, lamb, goat, wild and farm-raised

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Comments 5-17-17

This Wednesday marks the day that President Trump’s trade team will start meeting with representatives from Canada and Mexico in an effort to rewrite the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). This agreement has been in place for the past 23 years. President Trump, throughout his Presidential campaign, called NAFTA a “disaster” for factory workers here in the United States.
I

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