Last year, Montana Farm Bureau Federation had three members apply for the American Farm Bureau Entrepreneurship Challenge. It’s now time for the next AFBF Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge offering $145,000 in start-up funds to the six selected businesses. The competition provides an opportunity for individuals to showcase ideas and business innovations that benefit rural regions. It is focused exclusively on innovative entrepreneurs working on food and agriculture

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The NFIB Index of Small Business Optimism posted another historically high reading in April, but expectations for future business conditions plunged by eight points, a sign that business owners were shaken by Congress’ failure at the end of March to repeal and replace Obamacare.

“Small business owners were measurably shaken when Congress failed to address one of their most important concerns,” said NFIB President and CEO Juanita Duggan. “Obamacare has crushed

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Camelot Ranch, Billings’ newest private event venue, is now accepting reservations in advance of its ribbon-cutting on June 28. Boasting breathtaking views and a picturesque setting, the 20-acre Camelot Ranch has an 8,400-square-foot barn and 1,500-square-foot guest cabin. The venue – the longtime dream of Billings residents Lynn and Steve Tucker – is available for weddings, holiday parties, entertainment, corporate events, photography shoots and more. It was financed by Stockman Bank in

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On March 16, as about 200 sheep from Montana State University’s research flock were relieved of their annual wool fleece, a new, one-of-a-kind machine designed by MSU’s Montana Manufacturing Extension Center was put through its paces.

Unlike other, older machines used to assess the quality of wool, the one designed by MMEC is faster and portable, said Whit Stewart, a sheep specialist with MSU Extension and an assistant professor of sheep

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You can’t count on greed anymore.

What is the world coming to?