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  • Glasgow Stockyards Report

    For the Courier|May 29, 2024

    The market report for the Glasgow Stockyards on May 23 show 548 cattle sold. Utility and commercial cows brought in $120 to $145; canner and cutter cows brought in $90 to $125; and young feeding/turnout cows $150 to $210. Consignors were: Hinsdale 2340 Bulls $170.50 Malta 2300 Bulls $162.50 Hinsdale 1995 Bull $160.00 Big Sandy 603 BC $293.00 Malta 560 BC $315.00 Wolf Point 1595 Cows $1,4050 Opheim 1537 Cows $142.00 Richland 1412 Bulls $142.50 Malta 1388 Cows $140.00 Hinsdale 1382 Cows $141.75 Scobey 1365 Cow $142.50 Peerless 1233 Cows $148.00...

  • Land Board Unanimously Approves Attorney General Knudsen's Motion On Private Water Rights

    For the Courier|May 29, 2024

    The Montana Board of Land Commissioners unanimously approved Attorney General Austin Knudsen’s motion to remove the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation’s decision-making authority over private water rights at the Board’s meeting on May 20. Following the vote, the DNRC will be required to receive approval from the Land Board before making any legal decisions regarding the water rights of private landowners who utilize their private water on public land they are leasing from the state to irrigate state land or provide water...

  • Farm Bureau Urges Federal Agency To Rethink Removing Ag From Refuges

    Montana Farm Bureau Federation, For the Courier|May 29, 2024

    Montana Farm Bureau has expressed strong concern at the proposal by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove agriculture from Refuge lands. In a letter to the federal agency, the state’s largest general agricultural organization pointed out that hard-working, family businesses raise food and fiber on a combination of private, federal and state land and some of those families have cooperative agreements on wildlife Refuge lands. MFBF President Cyndi Johnson explained that with 22 wildlife refuges in Montana, such as the C.M. Russell W...

  • Fort Peck Water Levels Expected To Drop In Month Of May

    For the Courier|May 22, 2024

    As warmer weather moves into the Missouri River Basin, spring precipitation brought some much-needed moisture throughout the basin. For the month of April, runoff was 2.1 million acre-feet, 71 percent of average, for the basin above Sioux City, Iowa. “While the calendar year forecast remains below average, the runoff forecast continues to improve thanks to higher-than-expected rainfall in April,” said John Remus, chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Missouri River Basin Water Management Division. “We hope to see the precipitation trend co...

  • FWP Announces Mule Deer Citizen Advisory Committee

    Montana FWP, For the Courier|May 22, 2024

    The new Montana Mule Deer Citizen Advisory Committee will meet twice this spring and help the department identify important issues in mule deer management and goals for the new mule deer management plan. This is an early step in the planning process with multiple opportunities for public input before the plan is finalized in time to inform the 2026-2027 hunting season-setting process. Members of the committee include Valley County residents Eric Albus, Hinsdale, and Mitchell Griebel, Glasgow. “Most Montanans have a familiar appreciation for m...

  • Glasgow Stockyards Report

    For the Courier|May 22, 2024

    The market report for the Glasgow Stockyards on May 16 show 487 cattle sold. Utility and commercial cows brought in $120 to $138 with the top selling for $145. Canner and cutter cows brought in $85 to $120; young feeding/turnout cows $150 to $186; bulls $130 to $153; first calf heifer pairs $3,025; and running age cow/calf pairs $2,350 to $2,725. Consignors were: Williston 2230 Bull 151 Glasgow 1975 Bull $146 Williston 1960 Bull 152 Wolf Point 1860 Bull $151 Malta 1765 Bull $153 Chinook 1770 Cow $132.50 ($2,345.25) Glasgow 1465 Cow $135.50...

  • Hinsdale FFA Banquet

    Reporter Addison Idler, For the Courier|May 15, 2024

    The Hinsdale FFA held its 90th banquet on May 6. All 22 FFA members attended and contributed shop projects to the silent auction. There were wooden planters, welded horseshoe projects, and donated baskets from local businesses. We enjoyed an excellent meal, which the parents and younger members served, and afterward, we handed out awards to all FFA teams. Our freshman Greenhand winner Brynlie Boreson boldly presented the FFA Creed. The State Farmer degrees went to Zora Holt and Andrew Boucher,...

  • Glasgow Stockyards Report

    For the Courier|May 15, 2024

    The market report for the Glasgow Stockyards on May 9, show 501 cattle sold. Utility and commercial cows brought in $120 to $140; canner and cutter cows $85 to $120 and bulls 4130 to $150 (four head test). The first calf Heifer pairs sold for $3,000 to $3,300. Koenig Ranch held their 15th annual Red Angus Production Auction, hosted by Francis and Arley Koenig, of Winnett. A total of 34 Red Angus two-year-old bulls sold for an average of $4,179. The top bull sold for $7,750 while the top five average was $6,600. Thirty Red Angus heifers sold...

  • Montana FSA Program Dates/Deadlines

    USDA, For the Courier|May 8, 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. *Note: The Acreage Reporting Date for Spring Alfalfa Seed, all other spring seeded crops, Perennial Forage, Hemp, Grazing acreage and CRP acres is 15 days before the onset of harvest or grazing, or July 15, whichever is earlier. June 2, 2025: Acreage Reporting Date for Nursery Crops for the ensuing crop year. Aug. 1, 2024:...

  • Glasgow Stockyards Report

    For the Courier|May 8, 2024

    The market report for the Glasgow Stockyards on May 5 show 371 cattle sold. Utility and commercial cows brought in $120 to $143; canner and cutter cows $85 to $120; young feeding/turnout cows $135 to $178 and bulls $130 to $155.25. Nelson Ranch Black and Red Simmental and Simmental / Angus Bull Production Auction occurred. A total of 43 bulls were sold for an average of $5,291. The top bull sold for $7,000 and the top 10 average was $6,475. Volume buyers included Kirkland Ranch, of Fort Peck, with seven bulls and Wittmayer Grazing and Cornwell...

  • AgWest Farm Credit Supports New Producers With $15,000 Grant Program

    For the Courier|May 1, 2024

    AgWest Farm Credit, a cooperative lending association dedicated to supporting agriculture, has launched the application window for the New Producer Grant program, designed to help motivated producers get started in agriculture. The grant provides $15,000 in start-up funds to successful applicants to support their agricultural ventures. Mark Littlefield, President and CEO of AgWest, said, “We’re continually inspired by the producers we get to know through the New Producer Grant program. Helping new producers start or grow their operations is...

  • Glasgow Stockyards Report

    For the Courier|May 1, 2024

    The market report for the Glasgow Stockyards on April 18 show 819 cattle sold. Utility and commercial cows brought in $115 to $137.50. Canner and cutter cows brought in $85 to $110; young feeding/turnout cows $130 to $214; and bulls $130 to $161. The market report on April 25 show 338 cattle sold. Utility and commercial cows brought in $115 to $134; canner and cutter cows $85 to $110 and bulls $130 to $150. The North Country Performance To Profit Bull Auction, hosted by Jody and Doug Mason Family, of Richland, and Merle and Devyn Young Family,...

  • USDA Partners With Montana To Award Approximately $1 Million To Strengthen Food Supply Chain Infrastructure

    Montana Department of Agriculture, For the Courier|May 1, 2024

    Under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), the Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) has announced approximately $1 million in round two funding under the Resilient Food Systems Infrastructure Program (RFSI). Through this agreement, USDA and Montana are working together to offer approximately $1 million in competitive grant funding for projects designed to build resilience across the middle of the supply chain. MDA is accepting applications for this Infrastructure G...

  • Lucky Clover 4H Meeting

    Emma Kirkland, For the Courier|Apr 24, 2024

    The Lucky Clover 4H meeting was called to order by Jaydeen Hanshew. Armita led pledges and Reata shared roll call. Maddy gave a speech about some club history and explained what 4H means. Lucky Clover received a thank you card from the Food Club. Lucky Clover also went over past actives like the Calving Workshop and Sewing Camp. Lucky Clover earned a Pizza Party. At the end of the meeting Lucky Clover made seed shakers to spread flower seeds around the world in the hopes of new plant life to start growing....

  • MT Dept. of Agriculture Requesting 2024 ARPA Agriculture Infrastructure Grant Applications, Round #2

    Montana Department of Agriculture, For the Courier|Apr 24, 2024

    The Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) is now accepting applications for over $1.5 million in Round #2 federal funding available through the ARPA Agriculture Infrastructure Grant Program. The intent of the Agriculture Infrastructure Grant Program is to advance Montana’s agricultural industry through targeted investments in value-added agriculture projects across the state. Grants will assist with the development of innovative agricultural business improvements to keep pace with a transforming agricultural industry, create new jobs, and e...

  • Farm Bureau Applauds SEC For Sparing Farms From Wall Street Rules

    For the Courier|Apr 24, 2024

    The Montana Farm Bureau is thrilled that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) responded to American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) concerns and affirmed that regulations intended for Wall Street should not extend to America’s family farms. The SEC voted on March 6 on its final climate disclosure rule and removed the Scope 3 reporting requirement, which would have required public companies to report the greenhouse gas emissions of their supply chain. Montana Farm Bureau President Cyndi Johnson noted, “The removal of Scope 3 is truly...

  • Deadline For MFU Foundation Grant Applications May 1

    For the Courier|Apr 17, 2024

    The deadline to apply for $30,000 in grant funding from the Montana Farmers Union Foundation is fast approaching on May 1. Since 2022, the Foundation has awarded and leveraged more than $60,000 to projects across the state that align with the Foundation’s mission to create new opportunities and contribute to the growth and enhancement of Montana agriculture and rural communities. Project applications must include an educational component for youth and/or adults with priority given to rural communities. Projects previously funded have been w...

  • Becoming The Beaver: How One Rancher's Unconventional Approach Is Bringing Water Back To An Arid Landscape

    Ranchers Stewardship Alliance, For the Courier|Apr 17, 2024

    The sweet peas are popping up in north Phillips County, enjoying the cool Montana spring before the heat of summer puts them to rest for another year. Birds chirp. The breeze is cool, the air fresh. And in the mind of Brian Fox, the gears are turning. Will the ranch improvements he's made in the last year equate to the improvements he's after? They were unconventional, he'll give it that, but also natural in a way that we may be just starting to appreciate. Fox has found himself at the forefront...

  • A Complex Landscape for Northwest Agriculture

    For the Courier|Apr 17, 2024

    AgWest Farm Credit has released its quarterly Market Snapshot reports covering the state of major agricultural commodities in its northern region of Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Alaska. AgWest’s industry experts gather market information from various sources to deliver commodity-specific insights. All Market Snapshots are available at AgWestFC.com/industry-insights. AgWest’s 12-month outlook for specific regional agricultural commodities is summarized below: Cattle The outlook for cattle suggests profitable returns for cow-calf pro...

  • Glasgow Stockyards Report

    For the Courier|Apr 17, 2024

    The market report for the Glasgow Stockyards on April 12 show 322 cattle sold. Utility and commercial cows brought in $115 to $137.50 with the top selling for $154. Canner and cutter cows brought in $85 to $110; bulls $150 to $172; young bred cows $3,100; and short-term bred cows $1,700 to $2,175. Consignors: Dodson 2250 Bull 172.00 Malta 2100 Bull 169.50 Malta 2065 Bull 156.00 Poplar 1635 Cow 132.00 Glasgow 1595 Cow 131.50 Hinsdale 1487 Cows 132.25 Lloyd 1445 Cow 137.00 Opheim 1435 Cow 134.50 Loring 1363 Cows135.00 Lloyd 1315 Cow 154.00...

  • 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,...

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