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Senator Daines To Introduce New Agreement To Settle CSKT Water Dispute

By John S. Adams, Montana Free Press

An agreement between the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes (CSKT) and the federal government over long-disputed water rights took a major step forward December 5 when Montana Senator Steve Daines said he plans to introduce a bill that would implement a new settlement framework.

“Today is a really important step.  We’ve reached a historic compromise

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Winter on the Horizon, Hay on the Market

By Lilly Platts

After a particularly wet spring and slow start to haying season in Montana, supply and prices are following a normal trajectory before calving and heavy feeding begin.  While there is a large quantity of hay that was rained on, this moisture allowed for high enough yields to offset any loss in quantity.  However, nutrient density may be lower

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Sealing the Deal

By Kayla Sargent

Over the past two weeks, the Japanese and European Parliaments each signed their end of respective trade deals which will improve access for American ag producers to each country’s market.  While the European Union agreement specifically increases U.S. beef exports, the Japanese trade deal will lower or eliminate tariffs on nearly 90 percent of U.S. food and agricultural

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BLM Seeks Public Comment on Wild Horse Fertility Control Study

Two government agencies are working together to reduce the overpopulation of wild horses on America’s public lands and are seeking public input to research a single-dose contraceptive vaccine.  The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Nevada State Office in cooperation with U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s National Wildlife Research Center recently announced the availability of a

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M-44 Predator Control Devices Approved with Few Revisions

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced a more protective interim decision on sodium cyanide, the compound used in M-44 devices to control certain wild predators (primarily coyotes) as part of the re-registration review process required by the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act.

After a careful review of the available information and extensive engagement with the U.S. Department of

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A Shiny Distraction

“What do you suppose is in there?” Tuff asked, looking at the wrapped package.

Pudge shrugged and looked to Ben, who looked to Banjo.

“Do you still have it?” Ben asked.

Banjo pulled out the key.

“Right here,” he said.  “The last thing she said was, ‘it’s the key to Christmas.’”

“Well, it’s a key alright,” Tuff said.  “And it looks like it’s from something

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Seems like a long time ago now but think back to the time when Donald Trump threw his name in the hat to become President of the United States.  One of his earliest campaign promises was to get rid of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and touted it as being one of the worst agreements ever written.  Because

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Rhen Fuller age 7 months of Augusta Montana love hauling hay with his Nana, Papa and buddy Zoe.


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Battery Powered

It was October 15, the opening day of Wyoming’s big game season but rather than hunting, Tom, Steve and I were preg-checking cows.  We had summered Tom’s cows, so a third of the herd was his so he had to be part of the crew.  Steve did not have a dog in this fight but was helping anyway; a decision

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A Nightmare in the Produce Section

“GMO is a term that should’ve never left the lab,” is a phrase I overheard about a year ago.  This statement could not be truer.

Why is it that society curls up into the fetal position anytime they see or hear the letters G, M and O?  With an easy google search and roughly five minutes of free time, one wouldn’t

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Thanks For the Laughs, Gwen

Big Timber, Montana is home to celebrity cowgirl poet, Gwen Peterson.  Gwen has graced the stage at Elko numerous times, written 16 books, produced many cowboy poetry gatherings, and she was even on the “Johnny Carson Show.”  There is one and only one Gwen and she is doing mighty poorly according to her most recent blog.

Gwen wrote, “Hi!  How’s your

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More Fallout from ‘Mount Tariff’ 

No major American daily newspaper features sharper, more poisonous pens than the market-focused writers at the Wall Street Journal.  When these opinion peddlers go after you in print, they hit hard, fast, and — most of the time — with inarguable fact.

Witness the Journal’s lead editorial December 3, titled “Mount Tariff Erupts Again,” a full-frontal assault on President Donald J.  Trump’s day-before tweets

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Thoughts from the Editor

Tis the season…  Not just for Christmas festivities, but also to sneak off the ranch and partake in our state association’s multiple conventions.  Between last week and the rest of this week, myself and a handful of our freelance writers have scattered across Montana to attend the annual meetings of the Cattlemen’s Association, Woolgrower’s Association and finally the Stockgrower’s Association. 

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Montana Grizzly Bear Advisory Council Holds Third Meeting

By Alex Sakariassen, Montana Free Press

Chad Bauer, a member of Governor Steve Bullock’s Grizzly Bear Citizen Advisory Council, expressed a sense of urgency and unease on the second morning of the council’s December 4-5 meeting in Missoula, Montana.  Bauer and Bullock sat across from each other in a crowded conference room on the University of Montana campus.  Bullock had recently

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Kimmi Lewis March 19, 1957 – December 6, 2019

Kimmi Joan Lewis was born on March 19, 1957 in La Junta, Colorado to Kenneth and Jewell (Middleton) Clark.  She entered God’s Kingdom following her third and valiant battle with cancer on December 6, 2019 at the age of 62.

Kimmi was raised with her three older sisters on the Muddy Valley Ranch, a family cattle ranch located halfway between Kim

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Groups Call For Mandatory COOL Amendment in Beef Integrity Act

More than 50 farm, ranch, consumer, manufacturing, labor and other organizations sent a joint letter to U.S. Senators Mike Rounds (R-SD) and John Thune (R-SD) urging them to amend their recently introduced U.S. Beef Integrity Act (S.2744) by including it “within a comprehensive mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL) bill” for beef and pork.

The U.S. Beef Integrity Act (Act) is a voluntary

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A Mission to “Save Montana’s Family Farm and Rural Communities”

By Robert Sivertsen, Mission Organizer

Havre, MT


Our mission to address the impact that the Hutterites are having on the family farm and rural communities has created a stir.  The Hutterites are under the microscope, they are feeling the pressure, so they commissioned a study that examines the effect of Hutterite Colonies on Montana’s Economy.

The Bureau of Business and Research at U

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