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  • Glasgow Stockyards Report

    For the Courier|Apr 10, 2024

    The market report for the Glasgow Stockyards on April 4 show 980 cattle sold. Utility and commercial cows brought in $115 to $137.50; canner and cutter cows $85 to $110; young feeding/turnout cows $150 to $240; and bulls $130 to $161. Consignors: Scobey 2135 Bull 161.00 Harlem 2225 Bull 147.00 Saco 1945 Bull 146.00 Glasgow 1798 Bulls 150.00 Malta 1713 Bulls149.00 Glasgow 643 BC 284.50 Richland 1312 Cows 137.50 Hinsdale 1312 Cows 137.00 Conrad 1770 Cow 129.50 Scobey 1498 Cows 134.00 Saco 1180 Cows 140.00 Malta 410 HC 322.00 Wolf Point 478 HC...

  • Governor Gianforte Proclaims Montana Soil Health Week

    For the Courier|Apr 10, 2024

    On April 1, Governor Gianforte held a roundtable discussion to recognize Soil Health Week in Montana and raise awareness about how healthy soils can increase crop yields, improve nutrition, and strengthen food security. “Montana Soil Health Week serves as an opportunity to highlight our farmers, ranchers, and all producers working toward better soil health stewardship,” Gov. Gianforte said. “By being good stewards, we are creating opportunities for the next generation and cultivating a future where Montana producers can continue to drive our e...

  • FWP Accepting Applications From Landowners For Block Management Program

    Montana FWP, For the Courier|Apr 10, 2024

    Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is accepting applications from landowners who are interested in participating in the 2024 Block Management Program. Application deadline is June 1. Through the Block Management Program, landowners and FWP work together to help manage wildlife and public hunting activities on enrolled lands. Landowners and FWP enter into voluntary agreements that determine how hunting will be conducted on the landowner’s property. Items such as permission requirements, times when permission will be granted, hunting opportunities pr...

  • Life Skills Day For Valley County 4-H

    Lana Mason, For the Courier|Apr 3, 2024

    Life Skills day was held on Feb. 25 in Opheim for members of Valley County 4-H. The goal of Life Skills Day is to help youth gain confidence in their public speaking, while learning more on the skill or topic they are presenting. Participants were able to choose from several events such as demonstrations, illustrated talks, impromptu, speeches, mock interviews, and quilt show and tell. Participants were divided into separate age divisions seniors, juniors, and pre-juniors and judged...

  • Federal and State Veterinary, Public Health Agencies Share Update on HPAI Detection in Kansas, Texas Dairy Herds

    For the Courier|Apr 3, 2024

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as state veterinary and public health officials, are investigating an illness among primarily older dairy cows in Texas, Kansas, and New Mexico that is causing decreased lactation, low appetite, and other symptoms. As of March 25, unpasteurized, clinical samples of milk from sick cattle collected from two dairy farms in Kansas and one in Texas, as well as an oropharyngeal swab from another dairy in Texas,...

  • Glasgow Stockyards Report

    For the Courier|Apr 3, 2024

    The market report for the Glasgow Stockyards on March 28 show 280 cattle sold. Utility and commercial cows brought in $115 to $132.50; canner and cutter cows $85 to $110; young feeding/turnout cows $150 to $240; and bulls $130 to $157. Gibbs Red Angus Production Auction, hosted by the Pat Gibbs family of Jordan, was held. A total of 29 Red Angus bulls sold with an average of $4,359. The top bull sold for 46,750 and the top 10 average was $5,875. Lot 9 GIB 3047 Hedge Fund sold to Larry Stensland, of Wolf Point, for $6,750. Lot 24 GIB 3401 Legend...

  • Montana Representatives Celebrate Montana, Ag And Ag Day

    For the Courier|Mar 27, 2024

    March 19, National Ag Day and to recognize Montana ag, Senator Daines made the following statement: “Montana’s rich ag legacy helps make us special, and it’s an important part of our Montana way of life. Today on National Ag Day, and every day, I’m thankful for the Montana farmers and ranchers that work sun up to sun down to help feed our state, nation and the world.” Congressman Matt Rosendale (MT-02) also released the following statement in celebration of National Ag Day: “Today and every day, we recognize farmers and ranchers across the...

  • Governor Gianforte Proclaims March "Agriculture Month" in Montana

    For the Courier|Mar 27, 2024

    At Double X Bar Farm & Ranch in Helena, Governor Greg Gianforte proclaimed March 2024 Montana Agriculture Month on March 19. In his proclamation, the governor also declared the week of March 17-23, 2024, Montana Agriculture Week, and March 19, 2024, Montana Agriculture Day. “Montana is known around the world for its superior-quality beef and commodities,” Gov. Gianforte said. “Now more than ever before, it’s important we uplift our producers and support the folks who nourish our communities, create good-paying jobs, and add value to our sup...

  • Glasgow Stockyards Market Report

    For the Courier|Mar 27, 2024

    The market report for the Glasgow Stockyards on March 21 show 460 cattle sold. Cows and bulls were very light test, however very strong market on all classes. Utility and commercial cows brought in $115 to $133.50; canner and cutter cows $85 to 4110; young feeding/turnout cows $150 to $205; and bulls $125 to $145.50. Bangs vaccinated replacement heifers brought in $1,675 to $1,875 per head. Three-to-six-year old bred cows brought in $2,900 to $3,200; seven to solid mouth bred cows $2,550 to $2,850; and short-term broken mouth cows $2,050 to...

  • Celebrate Farmers And Ranchers During National Ag Week

    Montana Farm Bureau Federation, For the Courier|Mar 20, 2024

    Consumers, farmers and ranchers have plenty to celebrate during Ag Week, held this year March 17-23. Ag Day was March 19 with the theme, “Agriculture. Growing a Climate for Tomorrow.” America’s farmers and ranchers are proud to grow the safe and sustainable food, fiber and renewable fuel we all rely on. “Farmers have voluntarily placed millions of acres into conservation and forestry programs through the farm bill,” noted MFBF President Cyndi Johnson, a wheat farmer from Conrad. “Farmers are using less land than ever before while producing m...

  • USDA Announces Conservation Reserve Program General Signup for 2024

    For the Courier|Mar 20, 2024

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that agricultural producers and private landowners can begin signing up for the general Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) through March 29, 2024. This conservation opportunity gives producers tools to conserve wildlife habitat while achieving other conservation benefits, including sequestering carbon and improving water quality and soil health. “The USDA has a long track record of fostering and supporting the vital relationship between agriculture and conservation, and the Conservation Re...

  • Glasgow Stockyards Market Report

    For the Courier|Mar 20, 2024

    The market report for the Glasgow Stockyards on March 14, show 606 cattle sold. Utility and commercial cows brought in $110 to $127.50; canner and cutter cows $85 to $110; young feeding/turnout cows $130 to $215.75. Bred heifers brought in $2,625 to $2,725 with 19 head; three to six-year bred cows $2,500 to $2,875; middle-age bred cows $2,200 to $2,500; and short-term bred cows $1,900 to $2,300. Consignors: Nashua 2015 Bull $140 Frazer 2115 Bull $132 Glasgow 1658 bulls $129.50 Hinsdale 2155 Cow $121 ($2,607.55/head!) Hinsdale 1753 Cows $119.25...

  • Montana Farmers Union Scholarship Window Closes March 31

    For the Courier|Mar 13, 2024

    The application window for Montana Farmers Union scholarships ranging from $500 to $1,000 closes Sunday, March 31. The annual scholarships are offered through MFU as part of the organization’s commitment to education and include the Bud Daniels Memorial Scholarship for $1,000 and the John Korsbeck Memorial Scholarship for $1,000. Montana Farmers Union Foundation $1,000 scholarships also are available. Several Farmers Union Locals also offer scholarships for county residents, with Cascade County-wide Farmers Union Local offering a scholarship w...

  • Glasgow Stockyards Market Report

    For the Courier|Mar 13, 2024

    The market report for the Glasgow Stockyards on March 7, show 3,091 cattle sold. Very light test on cows and bulls. Utility and commercial cows brought in $105 to $121; canner and cutter cows $90 to $105; young feeding/turnout cows $120 to $191 and bulls $115 to $130. 158 HD. 400-445 SC Avg. 362.18 Top 393.00 269 HD. 450-498 SC Avg. 355.79 Top 384.00 210 HD. 504-546 SC Avg. 344.62 Top 370.00 172 HD. 550-593 SC Avg. 318.91 Top 339.00 309 HD. 602-646 SC Avg. 311.54 Top 318.00 125 HD. 656-695 SC Avg. 286.77 Top 291.50 67 HD. 700-730 SC Avg....

  • USDA To Issue $306 Million In Final Payments To Producers Impacted By 2020 and 2021 Natural Disasters

    US Dept. Of Agriculture, For the Courier|Mar 13, 2024

    The U. S Department of Agriculture (USDA) is issuing final Emergency Relief Program (ERP) payments totaling approximately $306 million to eligible commodity and specialty crop producers who incurred losses due to natural disasters in 2020 and 2021. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) began begin issuing these additional payments to eligible producers at the beginning of February. “In the natural disaster recovery process, every little bit of available assistance helps offset the financial toll that these catastrophic events have taken on agr...

  • Farmers, Ranchers Now Can Make USDA Farm Loan Payments Online

    Farm Service Agency, For the Courier|Feb 28, 2024

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that most farm loan borrowers are able to make payments to their direct loans online through the Pay My Loan feature on farmers.gov. Pay My Loan is part of a broader effort by USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) to streamline its processes, especially for producers who may have limited time during the planting or harvest seasons to visit a local FSA office; modernize and improve customer service; provide additional customer self-service tools; and expand credit access to assist more p...

  • Montana Stockgrowers Celebrates Accomplishments of M Bar Leadership Academy as Inaugural Program Concludes

    Montana Stockgrowers Association, For the Courier|Feb 21, 2024

    The Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA) is excited to announce the first graduating class of its premier leadership program - the Montana Stockgrowers M Bar Academy. Launched in June of 2022, The M Bar Academy is an 18-month program which fosters and grows leaders in the Montana ranching industry and provides individuals the opportunity to improve leadership skills, gain understanding of industry issues, and develop the expertise needed to provide leadership in Montana Stockgrowers, its...

  • Montana FSA Program Dates/Deadlines

    USDA In Montana, For the Courier|Feb 21, 2024

    USDA in Montana reminds agricultural producers of important Farm Service Agency (FSA) program dates. Contact your local service center to apply and with any questions. Visit online at farmers.gov and fsa.usda.gov/mt. Feb. 29, 2024: Deadline to file a 2023 notice of loss and application for payment for LIP. The 30-calendar-day timeframe to submit a notice of loss from the date the loss is apparent for the 2023 and subsequent program years has been waived. The new deadline for filing a notice of loss under LIP will be the same as the final date...

  • MSGA Opens Applications for 2024 Summer Internship

    Montana Stockgrowers Association, For the Courier|Feb 21, 2024

    The Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA) is accepting applications for the 2024 Summer Internship Program until March 31, 2024. The internship duration will be from May - August. The MSGA Summer Internship Program was created to provide students with a hands-on experience of the various facets of association event planning and execution, policy development, social media engagement and coverage, and member engagement. This internship program is made possible from support of the Montana Stockgrowers Foundation. “MSGA is looking forward to w...

  • Glasgow Stockyards Market Report

    For the Courier|Feb 21, 2024

    The market report for the Glasgow Stockyards on Feb. 15, show 516 cattle sold. Utility and commercial cows brought in $99 to $112; canner and cutter cows $83 to $95; and young feeding/turnout Cows $103 to $171. There are no cattle auctions this week....

  • Disaster Assistance Available For Livestock Losses Under The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP)

    USDA In Montana, For the Courier|Feb 14, 2024

    The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) provides assistance to you for livestock deaths in excess of normal mortality caused by adverse weather, disease and attacks by animals reintroduced into the wild by the federal government or protected by federal law. For disease losses, FSA county committees can accept veterinarian certifications that livestock deaths were directly related to adverse weather and unpreventable through good animal husbandry and management. For 2023 livestock losses, you must file a notice and provide the following...

  • Glasgow Stockyards Market Report

    For the Courier|Feb 14, 2024

    The market report for the Glasgow Stockyards on Feb. 8, show 1,126 cattle sold. Cows higher, no test on bulls. Utility and commercial cows brought in $95 to $111.75. The 36th Wittkopp Bull and Female Auction was held. A total of 82 Angus bulls sold with an average of $5,649. The top sold for $11,000 and the top 10 average was $8.750. 90 Angus replacement heifers sold on average for $1,900. Volume buyers were Keith Burke, of Glasgow, with six bulls and Jay Sorenson, of Ross, N.D., with 50 heifers. Lot 28 WIP ARCHITECT 3143 sold to Robert Hogan,...

  • Junior Ag Loans Available Through the Montana Department of Agriculture

    Montana Dept. Of Agriculture, For the Courier|Feb 14, 2024

    For over 40 years, Montana youth have participated in the Montana Department of Agriculture’s (MDA) Junior Agriculture Loan Program. Young people under 21 years of age, active in Montana agriculture, are eligible for loans up to $8,500 and are encouraged to apply. “With the average age of farmers and ranchers being nearly 60 years old, it’s important we do what we can to encourage the next generation to stay involved in agriculture,” said Director Christy Clark. “The Junior Ag Loan Program is a great way for young producers to access financing...

  • Everything Calving Producer and Youth Education

    For the Courier|Feb 7, 2024

    Producing and raising healthy calves is integral to the profitability and success of a cow-calf operation. National mortality rates of calves hover around five percent year after year. Providing timely intervention during calving, if needed, can help increase the percentage of calves that are born alive and survive. Knowledge of the stages of parturition, determining if a calf is in trouble, dealing with dystocia and then caring for the newborn calf all factor into increasing the odds of delivering a live calf. MSU Extension and partners are...

  • Glasgow Stockyards Report

    For the Courier|Feb 7, 2024

    The market report for the Glasgow Stockyards as of Jan. 25, show 599 cattle sold. Cow market is showing strength. No test on bulls. Utility and commercial cows brought in $95 to $106.50; canner and cutter cows $85 to $95; young feeding/turnout cows $105 to $135; and bulls $95 to $110. Consignors were: Froid 1965 Bull 110.00 Froid 1805 Bull 107.00 Turner 1735 Cow 98.50 Hinsdale 1600 Cow 105.00 Loring 1515 Cow 102.50 Scobey 1510 Cow 103.50 Hogeland 1490 Cow 103.00 Poplar 1470 Cow 102.00 Dodson 1452 Cows 106.50 Glasgow 1430 Cows 100.00 Hinsdale...

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