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MSU gets $2 million for wheat research

Montana State University announced Tuesday that its biggest donor, alumnus Norm Asbjornson, has given another $2 million to support scientific research focused on strengthening Montana wheat. The money will support the first endowed chair in the College of Agriculture, to be renamed the Winifred Asbjornson Plant Sciences Chair, in honor of the small town where Read More…

MSU Extension specialist offers fertilizer management information

With commodity prices at about a 10-year low, Montana State University Extension soil fertility specialists suggest steps for small grain producers to optimize fertilizer dollars. These include determining correct rates and selecting the appropriate fertilizer source, time of application and placement to optimize fertilizer use.  “When commodity prices are low, it is a good time Read More…

MSU Extension specialist explains nitrogen fertilizer management to minimize loss

Soil scientists with Montana State University Extension are encouraging farmers to use management practices that minimize ammonia volatilization (ammonia loss to the air) from nitrogen fertilizers. These practices can increase yields, be a financial boost to producers and reduce release of ammonia gas. Clain Jones, soil fertility specialist with MSU Extension and the MSU College Read More…

MSU to host annual agricultural research center field days across Montana

The public is invited to attend free annual field days across Montana to tour and learn about the people, places and projects involved with agricultural research at Montana State University’s College of Agriculture and Montana Agricultural Experiment Station or MAES. Five research stations across the state and a local Bozeman campus farm will each host Read More…

Hebgen Dam project continues to move ahead while officials prepare for high snowpack runoff

The rehabilitation of Hebgen Dam is moving ahead and snow-water conditions in the Madison River drainage are above the typical seasonal levels. The Hebgen reservoir elevation is currently at 6,527.78 feet which is 7.09 feet from full pool and slightly higher than the 10-year average of 6,527.45 feet for the same time frame. Inflow for Read More…

MSU to co-host annual Montana Nutrition Conference and Livestock Forum

The Montana State University College of Agriculture’s Department of Animal and Range Sciences and the Montana Feed Association will co-host the annual Montana Nutrition Conference and Livestock Forum on April 11-12 at the GranTree Inn in Bozeman. The theme for this year’s conference is “Foundation and Future.” Speakers will cover a wide variety of topics, Read More…

Missoula company wins MT “Shark-Tank” competition

A Missoula company is fed to the “sharks.” TOMIS takes home the winning prize at the Montana made “Shark-Tank”  business plan competition. Tourism is one of Montana’s leading industry. In 2016, non-resident visitors spent $3.5 billion. According to one Missoula company, more of that money could go directly into the pockets of local tourism businesses if they Read More…

JOBLESS RATE INCHES UPWARD IN FLATHEAD CO.

Flathead County’s unemployment rate posted at 6.7 percent in January, increasing from 5.9 percent in December, the state Department of Labor and Industry said Monday. The county has a current workforce of 42,248 people. The jobless rate in other Northwest Montana counties also increased over the same month. Lincoln County had a 10.5 percent unemployment Read More…

February boosts subpar snowpack

After a relatively dry winter, water experts say heavy snowfall in February finally bulked up the snowpack throughout the state and enhanced the prospects for stream flows this spring. According to the USDA National Resources Conservation Service, northern and southern Montana river basins experienced record high snowfall during the first two weeks of February. Some Read More…

State’s Environment for Business

For a state that has the highest ratio of entrepreneurs, Montana does not rank well in how it treats those entrepreneurs, and the impacts of those policies are far reaching for every citizen. Montana ranks 32nd in the 21st annual ranking of all states by the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council (SBE), regarding policies which Read More…

Colstrip power plant owner pushes for tax break to keep plant units open

Talen Energy is pushing Montana lawmakers for a tax break worth millions to keep two units of the coal-fired Colstrip power plant open, with one Republican leader saying Tuesday the units could close within the year without some form of assistance. House Speaker Austin Knudsen, R-Culbertson, said the $10 million coal severance tax reduction proposed Read More…

Bozeman leads Montana in Airbnb guests

About 77,000 visitors to Montana used Airbnb accommodations last year spending more than $10 million. Bozeman led all of Montana cities in 2016 in Airbnb use with 13,000 guests spending $1.9 million for their accommodations, according to an Airbnb press release issued Wednesday. From KTVQ