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Great Falls – The Montana Grain Growers Association (MGGA) and the Montana Grains Foundation (MGF) will each offer two scholarships to be used for the 2016-2017 school year.

MGGA will award two $1,000 scholarships to students pursuing an agricultural related degree at the college of their choice. Applicants or their parent, grandparent, or legal guardian must be a current producer member of MGGA.

MGF will award two $2,000 scholarships to Montana State University juniors, seniors or graduate students pursuing agricultural degrees in specific disciplines.

With the Vermont GMO labeling law set to take effect July 1, 2016 and legislation prohibiting state-by-state GMO legislation and promoting voluntary labeling tied up in the U.S. Senate, Campbell Soup Company’s Jan. 7, 2016 announcement that it “support[s]…the enactment of federal legislation to establish a single mandatory labeling standard for foods derived from genetically modified organisms (GMOs)” (http://tinyurl.com/henuxbm) is a major development.

Campbell is the first major food maker to make a break with the multi-year campaign of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) to defeat state-level GMO labeling initiatives and promote voluntary labeling legislation at the national level. “As a result of its decision to support mandatory national GMO labeling, Campbell will withdraw from all efforts led by coalitions and groups opposing such measures.”

GARDEN CITY, Kan. – Most spring-calving beef cows are now in their third trimester, or they will be calving soon in late January or February. Since these months also tend to bring on the most volatile and extreme cold periods, cold stress can add another level of needs to their energy requirements.

JAMESTOWN, N.D. – Those attending the recent Precision Agriculture Summit in Jamestown learned how the precision ag technology can play a role in safe-guarding the crop after harvest.

Ken Hellevang, North Dakota State University Extension ag engineer, discussed how new technology can be used to monitor grain bins, remotely control grain drying operations and make all of this possible from remote locations.

Billings, Mont. - During a formal hearing held recently by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), representatives of the world's largest multinational meatpackers praised the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement. Hearing witnesses representing U.S. livestock and meat industries included R-CALF USA, National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA), Cargill, Inc., U.S. Dairy Export Council, and U.S. Hide, Skin and Leather Association, an affiliate of the North American Meat Institute (NAMI, formally AMI).