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PNS Daily Newscast - March 30, 2017 


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Public News Service - MT: Rural/Farming

Montana added nearly 100,000 acres of organic farmland since 2016, according to a new report. (storebukkebruse/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. - The last few years have been a growing season for organic farming in the United States. According to the Mercaris Organic Acreage Report, organic farmland reached more than four million acres this year. Montana saw a 30-percent jump over the last two years, giving it the second-most

A former environmental lawyer has written a book that says that when done correctly, livestock grazing can have some benefits for the land. (Scott Bauer/USDA)

BILLINGS, Mont. - The ancient plains of Montana once hosted herds of animals that grazed the land. Now, cattle and other domesticated animals do that work. According to former environmental lawyer and author Nicolette Hahn Niman, the planet actually is grazed far less than it used to be. Her book "

There are only about 125 pallid sturgeon left in the lower Yellowstone River. (USFWS Mountain-Prairie)

GLENDIVE, Mont. – Federal agencies say the best option for conserving the endangered pallid sturgeon is to provide a bypass channel to the Yellowstone Intake Dam. Opponents of the project not only disagree, they say that the option is a waste of money. The final Environmental Impact Statemen

Blain Hjerthaas speaks at the first Soil Summit on Saturday about a practice called

BILLINGS, Mont. – If you want to get higher yields from a farm, start with the health of the soil. That's one rule being shared by a speaker at Northern Plains Resource Council's first Soil Summit, which takes place in Billings on Saturday and is open to the public. Blain Hjertaas, a sustain

Hunting and fishing groups are cheering the defeat in the U.S. Senate of an amendment that would have lifted certain EPA protections from smaller streams. (Montana Wildlife Federation)

HELENA, Mont. – Hunting and angling groups are praising the U.S. Senate for defeating an amendment on Thursday that would have blocked certain Environmental Protection Agency clean water protections on smaller streams and tributaries. The amendment to the energy appropriations bill would hav

Montana farmers Jeff and Katie Bangs are working to attract more young people to agriculture. (Katie Bangs)

GREAT FALLS, Mont. - Today is National Agriculture Day, part of National Ag Week - a time to recognize the contributions farmers make across the country and here in Montana. Agriculture is the leading industry in the state, with almost 28,000 farms and ranches covering close to 60 million acres. Bu

A proposed coal strip mine at Otter Creek in southeastern Montana will not be built, after Arch Coal asked to suspend the permit process on Thursday. (Northern Plains Resource Council)

HELENA, Mont. - In what ranchers and conservation groups are calling a big victory, Arch Coal announced Thursday that it is dropping its bid to build the proposed Otter Creek mine project - and that means the associated Tongue River Railroad is dead as well. Local ranchers and conservation advocate

Montana's summer harvests could suffer if nothing is done to combat climate change, according to a new report. (Pixabay)

GREAT FALLS, Mont. - Montana could lose thousands of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in lost earnings by 2055 if nothing is done to slow climate change, according to a new report. The study, released Wednesday by the Montana Farmers Union in collaboration with Power Consulting, said the Tr

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