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MSU to host crops and weeds field day at Arthur H. Post Research Farm on July 21

BOZEMAN - Montana State University’s College of Agriculture and Montana Agricultural Experiment Station will host a public field day at the Arthur H. Post Research Farm on Tuesday, July 21, from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. The teaching and research farm is located six miles west of Bozeman at 8431 Huffine Lane on U.S. Highway 191.

Regional and statewide pest control advisers, farm managers, chemical company cooperators, students and the general public are invited to the event to learn about ongoing crop and weed research programs at MSU.

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MGGA applauds senate vote on TPA

MGGA press release:

Great Falls – The US Senate voted 60-38 today in support of the Trade Promotion Authority bill that was passed by the House last week. The Montana Grain Growers Association thanks Senator Steve Daines and Representative Ryan Zinke for their support and for their commitment to expanding trade opportunities for Montana grain producers.

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Montana's personal income growth among best in nation

Helena, Mont. – Governor Bullock today announced that Montana personal income growth accelerated in the last quarter of 2014 and first quarter of 2015 according the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA).  Data shows Montanans’ personal income grew faster under Bullock’s leadership than all but 4 states nationally and faster than all surrounding states during this time period. In addition, the state’s personal income growth in the first quarter of calendar year 2015 was among the fastest in the nation, with Montana experiencing income growth of 1.2 percent. 

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R-CALF USA: Senate COOL hearing biased

R-CALF press release: 

Billings, Mont. - Today, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry held a hearing regarding the United States' country of origin labeling (COOL) law and trade retaliation. Five of the witnesses who were selected to testify at the hearing favored the immediate repeal of COOL to avoid the ongoing threats of retaliation being made by Canada and Mexico. Only one witness, Leo McDonnell representing the U.S. Cattlemen's Association, appeared to favor COOL but he continually called for changing "mandatory" COOL to "voluntary" COOL so, he said, everyone can walk away a winner.

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USDA to conduct survey on the environmental impact of cropland

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is gearing up to conduct a survey of on-farm agronomic and conservation across the continental U.S. The 2015 National Resources Inventory Conservation Effects Assessment Project (NRI-CEAP) is being conducted by NASS under a cooperative agreement with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). NRCS’s project goal is to measure the environmental benefits associated with implementation and installation of conservation practices on cultivated and non-cultivated cropland.

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