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Boelter Joins Special Investment Bank Program

Kathy Boelter, Billings, founder and President of Arrow Solutions Group, was recently accepted into the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, a very coveted award for small business owners who demonstrate dynamic leadership in business. The program, a co-investment between Goldman Sachs and Bloomberg Philanthropies, focuses on job creation and economic development. It offers participants Read More…

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Boelter Joins Special Investment Bank Program

Kathy Boelter, Billings, founder and President of Arrow Solutions Group, was recently accepted into the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, a very coveted award for small business owners who demonstrate dynamic leadership in business. The program, a co-investment between Goldman Sachs and Bloomberg Philanthropies, focuses on job creation and economic development. It offers participants Read More…

New Multi-Species Slaughter Facility Proposed In Montana

A Canadian livestock production and animal nutrition corporation is seeking to build Montana’s largest slaughterhouse and meat processing facility near Great Falls. According to the Great Falls Tribune, Friesen Foods has filed a Special Use Permit (SUP) with the Cascade County Planning Division for the proposed “Madison Food Park” complex, which could employ 3,000 people. Read More…

Town & Country Builds New Plant

The economics of unit trains and improving technology are making possible the building of a new mega fertilizer plant by Town & Country Supply Association near Lockwood. Construction began in February and is expected to be completed in December. It will be operational just in time to serve the needs of farmers for the 2018 Read More…

REC Silicon in Butte lays off 30

BUTTE – REC Silicon in Butte announced Wednesday it is laying off 30 employees at its facility just south of Butte. The layoffs were made for efficiency improvements and cost-cutting initiatives, according to a news release issued by the company Wednesday morning. READ THE FULL STORY.

New narrative details CFAC’s history

A former Columbia Falls Aluminum Co. electrical planner has published a comprehensive online history of the Columbia Falls Aluminum Co. plant. From the geology, chemistry, and history of Earth’s aluminum, to the aluminum boom from the 1960s to the 1990s, Richard Hanners’ history tells the whole story, including the rise and fall of Anaconda Aluminum Read More…

Chasing the Sun

Advocates see great potential in Montana’s growing solar power industry, but a Public Service Commission decision has changed the landscape. Up the North Fork of the Flathead — one of the wildest valleys remaining in the lower 48 states — the Polebridge Mercantile acts as a tiny haven of modernity, offering visitors baked goods, cold Read More…

3 Montana Made: Tucker Family Farm

Hidden away from a smoky summer day, head cheese maker Allison Dembek looks over sheep milk cheeses aging in a cheese cave on the Tucker Family Farm, nestled between Victor and Hamilton. “Cheese making is beautiful in its science. This perfect match of exact scientific precision and also for the finish, it’s creative and it’s Read More…

MSU professor recommends methods to boost wheat grain protein mid-season

Clain Jones, Montana State University soil fertility Extension specialist, suggests Montana irrigated wheat farmers consider providing additional nitrogen to their crop, calling it the most important management factor to produce high protein levels this year. In an effort to maximize the amount of nitrogen absorbed by the crop and increase protein for the 2017 harvest, Read More…

MT small-business lobby supports repeal of `Obamacare’

HELENA – While U.S. Senate Republicans’ plan to repeal “Obamacare” has been criticized for potentially undercutting coverage for thousands of low-income Montanans, at least one group is firmly behind it: The state’s primary lobby for small businesses. “What we’re looking for is a health-care system that is affordable, flexible and predictable,” says Riley Johnson, state Read More…

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…