Category Archives: Agriculture

County appeals marijuana injunction; requests to have judge removed from case

Cascade County is appealing the temporary injunction regarding a marijuana operation that was issued by a District Court judge in November. The county is appealing the injunction to the Montana Supreme Court and has asked that the judge on the case, Judge Amy Eddy, be disqualified and removed from the case. The case stems from an August civil suit filed

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Court grants injunction against county in dispute over medical marijuana operation

A district court judge has granted an injunction against Cascade County in relation to a medical marijuana operation in an agricultural zoning district. In August, Dale and Janelle Yatsko, doing business as Green Creek Dispensary, filed a civil lawsuit against the county arguing that they had been operating their medical marijuana growing facility and dispensary at 55 and 57 Gibson

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Commission approves permit change for chemical storage

City Commissioners voted unanimously to amend a conditional use permit for Helena Agri-Enterprises, formally Helena Chemical, to allow the use of anhydrous ammonia at their facility in Agri-Tech Park, an industrial park near Malmstrom Air Force Base. Commissioners had approved the initial CUP in 2015 and specifically prohibited anhydrous ammonia and ammonium nitrate from being brought into the facility. At

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Calumet adds jobs for conversion to renewable diesel

Calumet Montana’s conversion to renewable diesel has opened 12 full-time positions at the refinery. “These new positions are tangible signs of growth as a result of an in-progress energy transition project at the plant that is converting a portion of the facility to renewable feedstock processing. In the first half of next year, the renewable manufacturing business will be processing

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County zoning board approves church for Skyline Bar, restaurant in Cascade; denies permit for meat processing facility

The Cascade County Zoning Board of Adjustment approved the special use permit for a church to move into the old Skyline Bar during their May 20 meeting. They also approved a permit for the Missouri River Bar and Grill in Cascade. The board denied a permit application for a butcher shop in Fort Shaw. Church looking to renovate old Skyline

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Proposed changes to zoning regulations back on county agenda

In late October, County Commissioners had a third meeting with the county planning department to discuss proposed revisions to the county’s zoning regulations. The first two meetings weren’t publicized and meeting noticed weren’t emailed to media or other county staff as is typically the case for commission meetings. Only a few members of the public attended the third meeting on

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County cattle fee proposed for predatory animal control

Cascade County Commissioners are being asked to consider a new fee for cattle producers to cover predator control. Commissioners discussed the proposal during Wednesday’s work session, but Commissioner Jim Larson said he wanted better public notice of the proposal. State law allows for the establishment of the fee if 51 percent or more of cattle producers in the county sign

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Special use permits approved for Vaughn equestrian center

406 Arena was approved for two special use permits during Thursday’s county Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting. Jessica and Dusty Fryberger purchased the 180-acre property off U.S. 89 in Vaughn a few months ago and have been working to restore and improve the property that had been steadily declining, according to supporters of the project on Thursday. Now that their

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Montana farmers, ranchers share thoughts on Farm Bill, trade policies with Tester in Great Falls

Farmers and ranchers from across Montana shared their concerns related to trade policies and the upcoming Farm Bill with Sen. Jon Tester during a listening session in Great Falls on Saturday. Many of their concerns focused on the uncertainty related to international trade deals such as the North American Free Trade Agreement with between the U.S., Canada and Mexico; and

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