Category Archives: Agriculture

Madison Food Park development updates

The Madison Food Park project is still in the works and The Electric has spent the last few weeks gathering information from Friesen Foods, Cascade County and state agencies. Since the story was becoming quite lengthy, it’s going to be broken into sections that will be posted tonight. Once they’re all posted, a list of links to each will be

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Food Park developers amending application, hearing delayed 

The applicant for the proposed Madison Food Park is amending their application for a special use permit in Cascade County. The public hearings on the revised application will be scheduled after staff has time to review the amended application, according to county planning staff. That means the tentative December hearing is off and no hearing is scheduled at this time.

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Urban chicken forum Thursday; proposed ordinance updated

A group of urban chicken supporters are hosting a forum on Thursday to discuss the upcoming ballot initiative. Backyard Hens Yes! has set up a panel including a veterinarian, medical doctor, chicken owners, those who want to own chickens, gardeners and an organic farmer to share their thoughts on urban chickens and experiences in other Montana cities with chickens. The

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Public meeting for food processing plant postponed to December

The public hearing for the proposed Madison Food Park has been postponed. The new tentative date is Dec. 7 at 9 a.m. at the Family Living Center in Expo Park. The developers have submitted an application for a Special Use Permit to Cascade County. The proposed processing plant is an acceptable use, according to county planning, but the SUP process

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Major agri-business complex planned for Cascade County, with potential for 3,000 new jobs

A massive agri-business commercial food park is planned for Cascade County, about 8 miles southeast of the city off the highway between here and Belt that will eventually employ an estimated 3,000 people. Friesen Foods LLC has submitted an application for a special use permit, which essentially kick starts the development process in the county, said Brian Clifton, public works

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Montana Egg tax abatement request on Tuesday’s commission agenda for a vote

The public will have a chance to share their thoughts on a proposed tax abatement Tuesday evening. The new Montana Egg LLC facility at 38th Street North near the intersection with River Drive. The company is requesting a tax abatement on the recently opened facility and City Commissioners are holding a public hearing Tuesday. Montana Egg LLC seeking city tax

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Montana Egg LLC seeking city tax abatement

City staff are recommending approval of a tax abatement for the new Montana Egg LLC, but not without careful consideration by the Great Falls City Commission. Commissioners will consider the proposal on first reading during their Tuesday meeting and staff recommend they set a public hearing for Oct. 3. Staff has typically recommended approval of tax abatements as an economic

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Pasta Montana opens $6.5 million processing line in Great Falls

Pasta Montana opened a new $6.5 million processing line this week and marked it’s 20th anniversary in Great Falls. The 91,000 square-foot facility employs 115 people and will increase production capacity from 55 to 80 million pounds of pasta annually, according to the company. “Our new production line will move 4,850 pounds of pasta per hour, and operate 24 hours

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Meeting to discuss grazing on national refuge in response to Lodgepole Complex fire

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service holding a meeting tonight to discuss opportunities for grazing relief on the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge in response to the fire emergency in the Lodgepole Complex. On July 24, 2017, soon after the Lodgepole Complex fire in Montana began, FWS began identifying opportunities to help local ranchers impacted by fire. Refuge Manager,

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USDA enacts emergency measures to help farmers and ranchers with drought conditions

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today that it is suspending the 30-day livestock ownership requirement due to sever drought conditions in Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota. The Livestock Risk Protection Basic Provisions contain language requiring livestock to be owned by the producer within the last 30 days of the insurance period or the policy is terminated with premium

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