Category Archives: Agriculture

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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Montana Eggs tax abatement on county commission agenda for reconsideration

A tax abatement for Montana Eggs LLC is back on the agenda for the Cascade County Commission. The commission denied the tax abatement in December in a 1-1 vote when Commissioner Jane Weber was out of town. Commissioner Jim Larson voted against the abatement and Commissioner Joe Briggs voted in favor. Dan Vuckovich of Anderson Zurmuehlen, representing Montana Eggs, sent

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County Commission denies Montana Egg tax abatement, approves final plat extension for Big Bend Ranch

The Cascade County Commission split the vote for the requested Montana Egg, LLC tax abatement, effectively denying the request. Commissioner Jim Larson voted against the tax abatement and Commissioner Joe Briggs voted in support. Commissioner Jane Weber was absent. The proposed abatement was for new or expanding businesses and is allowable under Montana state law. The abatement lasts for 10

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Madison Food Park developers take questions at Great Falls neighborhood council meeting

Todd Hanson, spokesman for the proposed Madison Food Park, spoke to Neighborhood Council 5 on Monday. Edward Friesen, the principal developer, also attended the meeting, but did not speak. The project is outside the city limits and outside the council’s district, but if approved, it would impact the area and the council often invites speakers from major developments to provide

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Major Montana beef deal with China includes plans for meat processing plant

The Montana Stockgrowers Association, Cross Four Ranch and JD.com, one of China’s largest retailers, have signed an agreement to purchase a minimum of $200 million in Montana-sourced beef over the next several years. Sen. Steve Daines was a key player in getting the deal and JD.com will also seek to invest up to another $100 million to build a processing

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County planning still processing Madison Food Park proposal; water rights process not yet begun

The proposed Madison Food Park would be constructed on a roughly 3,000 acre property on the southern side of Highway 89 between Great Falls and Belt. The property is zoned agricultural rural currently and under the county zoning regulations, the proposed meat processing plant would be allowable with a Special Use Permit. Brian Clifton, county planning director, said that the

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Cascade County zoning regulations continue to evolve since 2005 creation

Some photos of letters have been circulating Facebook and have been presented as letters from the developer requesting a zone change. The was not the case, according to Cascade County planning officials. The document was an internal memo was a half-sheet of paper used as scratch paper and a yellow sticky note was attached with a list of other definitions

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Friesen Foods working through development plans for proposed Madison Food Park

A public hearing hasn’t yet been scheduled for the proposed Madison Food Park southeast of Great Falls, but the project is still in the works. The developer is currently amending their Special Use Permit application and once its been received and reviewed by the Cascade County Planning Department, a public hearing will be scheduled. The proposed multi-species processing plant, which

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