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Women-owned Businesses Increase 50% in Montana

Montana has an estimated 37,400 women-owned businesses, employing 35,000 and attributing to roughly $4,771,100,000 according to the seventh annual State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, commissioned by American Express OPEN. The report analyzes data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Survey of Business Owners and factoring in relative changes in Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Montana is ranked Read More…

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Impacting Montana Ranches

Some things are synonymous with Montana State University: the bobcat, blue and gold and Montana Hall. In the MSU College of Agriculture and for many Montana ranchers, James Berardinelli may be on that list, too. For the last 37 years, Berardinelli, professor of animal science in MSU’s Department of Animal and Range Sciences, has taught Read More…

Want An Apple Orchard?

The MSU Western Agricultural Research Center in partnership with Missoula and Ravalli County Extension offices will host a free four-part series on beginning and managing an apple orchard in Montana, Dec. 14 through March 14. The series is free and open to the public and is funded with support from the Montana Department of Agriculture’s Read More…

Women-owned Businesses Increase 50% in Montana

Montana has an estimated 37,400 women-owned businesses, employing 35,000 and attributing to roughly $4,771,100,000 according to the seventh annual State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, commissioned by American Express OPEN. The report analyzes data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Survey of Business Owners and factoring in relative changes in Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Montana is ranked Read More…

Blue Cross-Blue Shield Montana announces Dr. Monica Berner as next president

(HELENA) Blue Cross-Blue Shield of Montana announced Monday that Dr. Monica Berner will be its next president. “I am humbled and excited to build on our past successes and celebrate innovation as we continue to navigate the ever-changing health care environment,” Berner said in a press release. “We are dedicated to making the health care system Read More…

First Security Bank to Join First Bank of Montana

Inter-Mountain Bancorp, Inc., the Bozeman-based holding company for First Security Bank, has entered into an agreement to join the Glacier Bancorp family of banks.  Pending Board and regulatory approval, First Security will officially be under the Glacier Bancorp umbrella in early 2018. The new relationship will eventually lead to First Security Bank’s Golden Triangle locations Read More…

Economic Excitement Rises in Columbia Falls

COLUMBIA FALLS — The prominent hotel and convention center. The lineup of renovated and emerging storefronts and apartment buildings populating almost half of Nucleus Avenue. Even the aerial photo of the “Gateway to Glacier” placed front and center on the city government’s website. All courtesy of Mick Ruis. It’s impossible to walk through Columbia Falls Read More…

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…