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‘Soil is our livelihood and we better protect it, or we’re screwed.’

Common Ground, Part I: How organic and regenerative agriculture are revitalizing rural Montana economies.

With climate change threatening almost 25,000 Montana agricultural jobs in the next 50 years and a movement toward ecologically based agricultural practices gaining ground nationwide, an increasing number of Montana producers are building topsoil, drought resilience and profits by integrating practices like organic or regenerative systems.

‘Reimbursement’ or ‘bounty’?

Measures to expand and monetize wolf hunting are sailing through the Legislature, creating clashes about values and vocabulary.

SB 267 would allow for reimbursement of hunting expenses, and SB 314 would remove bag limits and legalize baiting and spotlighting.

Rewilding the national mammal

There’s a bottleneck of bison at brucellosis quarantine facilities outside of Yellowstone National Park. Two bills introduced by a Montana lawmaker could alleviate that, helping tribes across the U.S. restore viable wild herds. Will the Legislature back them?

There’s a bottleneck of bison at brucellosis quarantine facilities outside of Yellowstone National Park. Two bills introduced by a Montana lawmaker could alleviate that, helping tribes across the U.S. restore viable wild herds. Will the Montana Legislature back them?


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Homegrown

If Montanans want to keep Montana-grown food — and the associated dollars — in-state, the local supply chain will have the be expanded. That includes storage and distribution infrastructure, but the bottleneck is mostly at the food processor level.

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Farm to future

Montana’s family farms and ranches face uncertainties as producers age toward retirement.

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