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Decision on bison quarantine expected mid-2015
A pilot quarantine project in Montana over the last decade proved effective at culling out bison that tested positive for brucellosis. But that has not quashed resistance from agricultural groups wary of free-ranging herds competing with cattle for...

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Montana panel approves federal land report
The report’s recommendations for federal land management include reducing wildfire fuels, maintaining or increasing access for multiple uses, and increasing economic production associated with natural resources.
Montana orders drilling limits to help sage grouse
The restrictions, similar to rules in Wyoming, are meant to prevent disturbances and increase breeding success for the chicken-sized birds, known for an elaborate mating ritual in which males strut around and puff out their breasts in a colorful display.
Montana offers sage grouse plan as deadline looms
Tuesday’s order establishes no-occupancy zones to protect the birds that extend six-tenths of a mile around active sage grouse breeding grounds.
Miles Community College gets $1M donation for ag building
Fundraising began in February for the $3 million Agriculture Advancement Center, which is to house agriculture and equine studies programs. It will include an indoor arena, three classrooms and seating for 500 people.
Rain damages barley crop in Montana
North-central Montana farmers, particularly those in the area known as the Fairfield Bench, the self-proclaimed malt barley capital of the world, received several inches of rain at the wrong time, causing the malt barley to germinate.
Montana officials study federal land takeover idea
A state takeover of U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands could be expensive, incurring an annual deficit of $367 million.