montana agriculture http://mtpr.org en Farm to table, cow to ice cream: growing the Ag industry in Montana http://mtpr.org/post/farm-table-cow-ice-cream-growing-ag-industry-montana <p>Sure Montana has cows, but it also has dairies, cheese and ice cream makers. The same is true for wheat, barley, beer and liquor. Many of these are small, local businesses, but they do create jobs, and encouraging the growth of the value-added agriculture industry in Montana is part of the goal behind the state’s “Growth Through Agriculture” grant program.</p><p>The Flathead-based Sweet Peaks ice cream shops recently won a $15,000 matching grant through the program.</p><p>Owner Marissa Dauenhauer says different ice cream flavors they make feature different Montana-grown products.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:11:51 +0000 Katrin Frye 17535 at http://mtpr.org Farm to table, cow to ice cream: growing the Ag industry in Montana Why it's hard to buy local when it comes to chickens http://mtpr.org/post/why-its-hard-buy-local-when-it-comes-chickens <p>“Pastured Poultry” is a method of raising chickens or turkeys by giving them free range over the ground and the most natural life possible. Agriculture Economist Jeff Schahczenski &nbsp;with the National Center for Appropriate Technology, NCAT, said it’s a method gaining interest across the country. Fri, 07 Jun 2013 15:47:05 +0000 Katrin Frye 3605 at http://mtpr.org