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Public News Service - MT: Sustainable Agriculture

Montana ranchers such as Jeanie Alderson, above, say imported meat labeled as a

HELENA, Mont. — A bill in the Montana Legislature aims to let Montanans know where their meat is really coming from. Lawmakers will hold a hearing Tuesday in the House Agriculture Committee for H.B. 594, which would bring country-of-origin labeling back to Treasure State grocery stores. Impo

A conference in Lewistown this week is looking at issues such as conflict-reduction practices between agricultural producers and wildlife. (Venture West Ranches/Flickr)

LEWISTOWN, Mont. – How can Montanans live alongside the state's wildlife? That's the question being explored at a conference this week in Lewistown. The first Living with Wildlife conference, sponsored by the National Geographic Society and organized by American Prairie Reserve, is bringin

Beef producers say foreign meat products only nominally processed in the U.S. are allowed to include labels stating they were made here. (Stephen Ausmus/U.S. Dept. of Agriculture)

HELENA, Mont. – Montana ranchers and cattle producers are urging Congress to include country-of-origin labeling on beef and pork products in the United States' newly revised trade deal with Canada and Mexico. Ranchers and cattle producers have been frustrated since Congress repealed country-o

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, 12 percent of the state is experiencing the highest stage of drought. (droughtmonitor.unl.edu)

CIRCLE, Mont. -- Montana is suffering from wildfires and possibly the worst drought in 30 years, bringing lots of pain to farmers and ranchers. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, 12 percent of the state is experiencing "exceptional drought," the highest level measured. The northeastern part of

A former environmental lawyer has written a book that says that when done correctly, livestock grazing can have some benefits for the land. (Scott Bauer/USDA)

BILLINGS, Mont. - The ancient plains of Montana once hosted herds of animals that grazed the land. Now, cattle and other domesticated animals do that work. According to former environmental lawyer and author Nicolette Hahn Niman, the planet actually is grazed far less than it used to be. Her book "

Blain Hjerthaas speaks at the first Soil Summit on Saturday about a practice called

BILLINGS, Mont. – If you want to get higher yields from a farm, start with the health of the soil. That's one rule being shared by a speaker at Northern Plains Resource Council's first Soil Summit, which takes place in Billings on Saturday and is open to the public. Blain Hjertaas, a sustain

Montana's delegation in Washington, D.C., got mixed reviews in the 2015 League of Conservation Voters Environmental Scorecard. (pharnshot/iStockphotos)

HELENA, Mont. - Montana's lone congressman and one of its two senators got some of the lowest scores in the country on the League of Conservation Voters' annual Environmental Scorecard, released Wednesday. The report showed U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke voted for pro-conservation bills just three percent o

PHOTO: Those new to agriculture will learn about funding, land-management practices and new trends and markets at the Montana Farmers Union Young Producers Conference in Missoula. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

MISSOULA, Mont. - The next generation of farmers and ranchers, as well as those who want to get into agriculture, are gathering in Missoula today and through the weekend for the Montana Farmers Union's "Young Producers Conference." The biggest obstacle is funding, especially for land, said Justin L

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