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BOZEMAN -- Researchers at Montana State University have published an informational paper in a scholarly journal summarizing what's known about the role that viruses play in honey bee health.

Co-authored by Michelle Flenniken, assistant professor in the Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology in MSU’s College of Agriculture, and two MSU graduate students, the article, "The buzz about honey bee viruses," was published Aug. 18 in the journal PLoS Pathogens, which publishes “outstanding original research and commentary that significantly advances the understanding of pathogens and how they interact with their host organisms,” according to the journal website.

Successful Farming reports: 

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack hosted a roundtable of young and beginning farmers at Iowa State University on August 17. As the men and women shared their stories and concerns, several themes stuck out. Here are seven of the biggest challenges facing young and beginning farmers. 

1. Land is not available. 

All the young and beginning farmers expressed frustration with not being able to afford land - if you can even find it for sale. 

"Land accessibility is a challenge, and it's not getting easier," said Vilsack. "It's extra difficult for young and beginning farmers to have access to land. Renting is one thing, but buying is another. You would have to hit the lottery if you wanted to do that." 

Many beginning farmers start with livestock, and finding access to pasture is a problem since a lot of it was ripped up to plant corn during the most recent boom years. 

WASHINGTON – The 2016 Cattle Producer’s Forum, hosted by the United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) and in partnership with the Intertribal Agriculture Council, Montana Cattlemen’s Association, Bitterroot Stockgrowers, Beartooth Stockgrowers, and the Marias River Livestock Association, will feature panels focused on the future of the U.S. cattle industry.Following the USCA Annual Meeting on Friday, September 9th, the Forum will begin at10am on Saturday, September 10th.  Producers, students, industry representatives, media and members of the general public will participate in roundtable-style discussions lead by industry professionals.

BILLINGS, Mont. – (August 15, 2016) – The 2016 Women Stepping Forward for Agriculture Conference will be held September 7 through 9 at the Big Horn Resort in Billings, Montana. The event, held annually since 2001, is one of the largest women’s agricultural conferences in the region.

The conference provides women the opportunity to learn about current events and agricultural issues, network with other women involved in agriculture, and focus on leadership development. The mission of the Women Stepping forward for Agriculture symposium is to, “empower women involved in all sectors of agriculture through education, collaboration, and networking, to ensure the success of farming and ranching across the region.” Although the conference has an agriculture theme, women from all walks of life can learn something and enjoy the content of this year’s conference.

GREAT FALLS—Mark your calendar! Montana’s thirteenth annual Young Ag Leadership Conference (YALC) is set to take place September 30-October 2 at the Holiday Inn in Great Falls, MT. Young people involved and interested in agriculture, aged 18-40, are invited to attend this one-of-a-kind conference where leadership, personal development, education and networking take center stage.