Eat Beef, Build Jobs

The 2007 agriculture census accounted for 2.5 million cattle in Montana. Without a doubt, ranching is a significant industry in our region. Only a fraction of the cattle raised in this state, however, are finished, slaughtered, and processed into steaks and burgers within Montana. In fact, only about 1% of Montana’s cattle are processed in

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“The Cows and the Horses”

  WSE member producer, the J Bar L ranch, is profiled in this great video short by the Perennial Plate. Manager Bryan Ulring explains the ranch’s philosophy of sustainability:  “We manage for a future resource base. What we want our future resource base to look like is a lot like what it probably looked like

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“Mob Local” This Holiday Season

This holiday season, take time to “mob local” in Bozeman and Livingston. Like the “flash mobs” that entertain passers-by across the world, a concerted effort of holiday shoppers can have a surprising effect on our community. If we all spend a portion of our holiday gift giving at independent, local businesses, our holiday spirit will

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Profitable Ranches Benefit More Than the Ranchers

Much of what we love about our state—our communities, our culture, our outdoor recreational opportunities—depends upon one of Montana’s top industries. Agriculture is a $2.8 billion industry that fuels our rural economy. Over 60 million acres, or two-thirds of the State’s landmass, are in agricultural production. Most of this is rangeland used for raising livestock

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Sustainable Cuisine: Beyond Local

There is nothing quite like sitting down to a great meal at a favorite restaurant. Particularly if that meal is made from sustainably grown local food. More and more chefs are embracing the concept of sustainable cuisine because the food is fresher, more flavorful and packed with nutrition. But the benefits extend far beyond the

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Please Your Palate and Preserve Montana

Sixty million acres of mountain meadows, grasslands, riparian areas and river systems. 60 million acres of open space, wildlife habitat and migration corridors. 60 million acres, or two-thirds of the state of Montana, are under the stewardship of Montana farm and ranch families who produce food for our state and our country. Montana’s environment and

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Conservation Farming

We recently received this 6-minute video.  In it, Helen Atthowe, Missoula County Extension Agent discusses her “Conservation Farming” techniques. “The goal of our conservation farming is to increase farm profitability by decreasing labor and land requirements while striving to mimic the ecological principles that make native plant systems sustainable.  The ecological principles we hope to mimic

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Sustainability Starts with the Grass

Among the many challenges of sustainable agriculture—and member producers of WSE—is managing for a healthy and resilient land base.  This includes building soil, encouraging water to soak into the soil rather than run off or evaporate, efficiently capture sunlight, reduce the proportion of bare ground to plant cover, effectively cycle minerals from the soil and

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Problems of Success

WSE member producer Montana Wagyu Cattle Company was recently profiled in the Bozeman Chronicle for his booming business.  Rick’s successful niche market has resulted in a problem that we find from time-to-time amongst other member producers:  a demand that exceeds his supply capacity.  All-in-all a good problem to have.  Read the full article here.