Madison Dapcevich / Special to Agweek
BOZEMAN, Mont. — In this year’s Provost’s Distinguished Lecturer Series at Montana State University, Catherine Zabinski, a professor in the Montana State University’s Land Resources and Environmental Science Department in the College of Agriculture, discussed the aspects of plant life, and the relevance for natural and managed plant communities. The lecture, “Roots and microbes: The world beneath our feet,” was held April 12 at the Museum of the Rockies’ Hager Auditorium.
ARLEE, Mont. — Bill Fluke and his father started keeping bees as a hobby when he was a child in Idaho with just one beehive. Nearly half a century later, Fluke is the owner and operator of Arlee Apiaries, which maintains 4,000 hives, produces honey in the summer, and in the winter, migrates hives for fruit and almond pollination on the west coast.
SIDNEY, Mont. — Marestail, with up to a fivefold increase in resistance to glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup and other herbicides, has been identified in northeast Montana by experts from the Montana State University Extension Service. Fabian Menalled, MSU professor and Extension specialist in cropland weeds, says the number of herbicide-resistant weeds in Montana has nearly doubled since 2004, with some cases of multiple herbicide resistance, and the problem is getting more difficult and expensive to manage.
A representative for Montana grass-roots organizations attended Real Solutions for Real People, a presidential forum hosted last month in Reno, Nev., featuring Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., and Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J. The forum focused on issues important to the Mountain West region, including public land use and water rights.
Montanans are known for their love of good, hearty beer, and that love is spilling over into the hops industry.
CONRAD, Mont. — When David Oien applied for a farm loan nearly three decades ago, the bank asked him two questions: what is a lentil and what does organic mean? With lentil production at an all-time high in 2015, business is better than ever for Oien, founding farmer and CEO of Montana’s leading organic legume producer, Timeless Natural Foods.