Category Archives: Agriculture

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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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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