montana agriculture

Growth Through Agriculture
3:11 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Farm to table, cow to ice cream: growing the Ag industry in Montana

Sweet Peaks Ice Cream scooper Catie Bricks is one of about 40 summertime, 20 wintertime employees the business employs in its four shops. Sweet Peaks uses many Montana grown products in its ice cream.
Credit Katrin Frye

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.

The Flathead-based Sweet Peaks ice cream shops recently won a $15,000 matching grant through the program.

Owner Marissa Dauenhauer says different ice cream flavors they make feature different Montana-grown products.

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"Pastured Poultry"
9:47 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Why it's hard to buy local when it comes to chickens

“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  with the National Center for Appropriate Technology, NCAT, said it’s a method gaining interest across the country.

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