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  • Finding Your Home's History

    May 6, 2015

    In celebration of Historic Preservation Month, the State Historic Preservation Office and the North Dakota Archaeology Association (NDAA) are co-hosting the presentation “Finding your Home’s History” by Architectural Historian Lorna Meidinger. Meidinger will begin by formally recognizing all of the North Dakota properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places during 2014 and then talk about where the history used in those nominations came from and where to go to find your own property’s history. The presentation will be Saturda...

  • Montana Lifespan Respite Coalition Summit To Be Held In Helena

    May 6, 2015

    The Montana Lifespan Respite Coalition and the Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) are hosting a Lifespan Respite Summit May 12-14 at the Red Lion Colonial Inn in Helena from 1:45 to 5 p.m. The event is being held in conjunction with the 47th Annual Governor’s Conference on Aging. Keynote speaker Jill Kagan of Virginia, Program Director of ARCH Lifespan Respite Network and Resource Center, will kick off the Summit on Tuesday, May 12 at 1:45 p.m. Kagan’s presentation, Lifespan Respite Lifts All Boats, will explore best practic...

  • Re-Tree Richland County Workshop Will Be Held Saturday May 16

    Meagan Dotson|May 6, 2015

    The Re-Tree Richland County event will be held Saturday May 16 at the Sidney Country Club from 10:00 am until noon. This is a free workshop which teaches people proper tree planting and care techniques and also gives instructions on how to determine the appropriate tree for a given space, taking into consideration how big the tree will get, how close it’s planted to surrounding trees and structures, and power lines. It will be a hands-on class with MDU giving a presentation and Tim Fine from t...

  • Raw Milk Bill

    Dee Brown|May 6, 2015

    I used to read a book about Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad to my fifth graders. It was a strange concept for them at the beginning of the book since kids think of a railroad as a set of tracks with a train running on the metal rails. We discussed the willingness of these people to sleep in the barns and haystacks of helpers to finally gain what we know so much about—freedom. The Freedom Trail was a long journey during a scary time in our history but worth the risks for those who chose the trip. I co-sponsored and carried the raw m...

  • 4-H Speech And Demonstration Day Held Sunday, April 19th

    Meagan Dotson|May 6, 2015

    Richland County 4-H Speech and Demonstration Day was held Sunday, April 19th at Sidney High School. Speech and Demonstration is one of many 4-H events that offers a unique learning opportunity for members who choose any topic that interests them. For the demonstration portion, this also includes topics they can give instruction on.This builds valuable communication and public speaking skills that they will carry with them throughout their lives in addition to allowing members to expand on...

  • Take Steps To Enjoy Animals Safely This Spring

    May 6, 2015

    The site of a newborn lamb taking its first breath, or a chick pecking through its shell to explore a brand new world are annual events that capture the curiosity of all ages, but especially our youth. That’s why the Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) and the Department of Livestock are collaborating again this year to help prevent illnesses transmitted from animals to humans. “We encourage fun and safe interactions with animals,” said DPHHS epidemiologist Dana Fejes. “Connecting with animals allows children of all ages to...

  • Lower Yellowstone Wool Pool

    Tim Fine|May 6, 2015

    The Lower Yellowstone Wool Pool has been a great asset to area producers for many years. In case you are not familiar with the reason for the existence of a pool, its sole purpose is to gather wool from area sheep producers in one central location, grade said wool, and then combine that wool with other producers’ wool to make a larger shipment. By combining these graded pools of wool together, instead of one person trying to market their product, there is now a greater amount of wool being marketed at one time. This process of combining and g...

  • State Hail Insurance Offers Opportunity For Farmers To Manage Hail Risk - Electronic Payment Options Now Available

    Jayson O Neill|May 6, 2015

    Helena, Mont. – Spring is a busy time of year for Montana farmers, with field preparation, planting decisions and seeding. It is also a time to start thinking about protecting crops from hail damage until fall harvest. The Montana State Hail Insurance program has provided hail insurance coverage to help Montana farmers manage hail risk for 98 years. For the 2015 season, producers can insure crops against hail damage at the maximum coverage rate of $75 per acre for dryland and $114 for irrigated land. Rates charged are a percentage of the i...

  • Now Available: Grown in Montana Magazine - Farming and Ranching under the Big Sky

    Jayson O Neill|May 6, 2015

    Helena, Mont., Last Friday, Governor Steve Bullock announced the publication of the first edition of the ‘Grown in Montana’ magazine at the Made in Montana Trade Show. The announcement was made in conjunction with the Main Street Montana Project to promote Montana agricultural products to local, national, and international markets. “This is part of our efforts with the Main Street Montana Project to promote agricultural products grown right here under the Big Sky. It covers some of the mainstays of Montana agriculture like beef, wheat, and b...

  • Richland County 4-H Jr. Leaders Host The Annual Dinner And Dance

    Josie Evenson|May 6, 2015

    Every year the Jr. Leaders plan and host a dinner and dance for the community to attend. This year the event was held on April 17th at the Elks. The event was well attended with over 100 community members attending the event. The dinner and dance is not only a way to promote 4-H, but is also one of the biggest service learning activities that the Jr. Leaders take part of during the 4-H year. Every year all the proceeds from the dinner and dance are donated to a person, group or charity that is i...

  • Almost 30,000 Lbs. Of Waste Pesticides Collected In 2014

    Jayson O Neill|May 6, 2015

    Helena, Mont., The Montana Department of Agriculture collected 29,853 pounds of waste pesticides from 95 participants in western Montana in 2014. The annual event has collected more than 485,500 pounds of waste pesticides since it began in 1994. “This program allows anyone who has waste or unusable pesticide to dispose of it properly and safely. The majority of participants have under 200 pounds of waste pesticides and are not sure how to get rid of it without going to the dump. People want to do the right thing and dispose of it a...

  • Montana Stockgrowers To Host 2015 Mid-Year Meeting In Bozeman

    Ryan Goodman|May 6, 2015

    Mark your calendars to celebrate 131 years for Montana Stockgrowers Association at the organization’s MidYear Meeting, June 4-6 in Bozeman. This year’s MidYear event will be highlighted by Cattlemen’s College workshops, a tour of area businesses and live music with Ringling 5 and Crazy Mountain Express! Mid-Year is one of two major meetings MSGA holds annually where members will gather to discuss the issues facing Montana ranching families and set interim policy to guide the association through the rest of the year. Policy Committee meeti...

  • USDA To Issue Disaster Assistance To Help Honeybee, Livestock And Farm-Raised Fish Producers

    May 6, 2015

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency today announced that nearly 2,700 applicants will begin receiving disaster assistance through the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) for losses experienced from Oct. 1, 2013, through Sept. 30, 2014. The program, re-authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides disaster relief to livestock, honeybee, and farm-raised fish producers not covered by other agricultural disaster assistance programs. Eligible losses may include exc...

  • Avian Influenza Reported In Domestic Poultry From Judith Basin County

    Jayson O Neill|May 6, 2015

    Helena, Mont., Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) has been confirmed in chickens in Judith Basin County. This is the first case of HPAI reported in domestic poultry in Montana and comes less than a week after the disease was detected in a captive gyrfalcon in Flathead County. Avian influenza is an infectious viral disease of birds that can cause high mortality rates in domestic flocks. Avian influenza viruses rarely cause clinical signs in wild waterfowl, although raptors and wild game birds (pheasants, quail, turkey, and grouse) may be...

  • Montana Agricultural Experiment Station Appoints New Eastern Agricultural Research Center Superintendent

    May 6, 2015

    Montana State University officials announced this that Chengci Chen, professor of cropping systems for the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES) and MSU College of Agriculture, has been appointed the new superintendent of the Eastern Agricultural Research Center (EARC) in Sidney. As superintendent, Chen will be responsible for management of the center’s irrigated and dryland farming research profile, including research on sugar beets, barley, durum, winter and spring wheat, oil seeds and pulse crops, including peas, lentils and c...

  • Thirty Years Of Service To The Agricultural Community Coming To A Close

    Lois Stephens|May 6, 2015

    After thirty exceptional years of serving the area agricultural community, the Eastern Agricultural Research Center's (EARC) superintendent and agronomist Dr. Joyce Eckhoff, will retire from the MSU university system, effective May 15. She and her husband will move from the area to begin their retirement years in Dayton, Washington. Throughout her three decades at the EARC Eckhoff never lost her enthusiasm for the work at hand and she dedicated herself to providing outstanding science and...

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