Agriculture

courtesy of Sterling Small

On this episode of Field Days, Northern Cheyenne rancher Sterling Small talks about his day job at the Indian Health Service in Lame Deer.


Livestock death is part of ranching. At some point, ranchers have to deal with dead animals, from things like difficult births, disease, and weather extremes. And in southwest Montana, those dead animals can also attract unwelcome visitors — wolves and black bears looking for an easy meal.

Field Days: Branding

Jun 12, 2017
Courtesy of Sterling Small

On this episode of Field Days, with his crop finally in the ground, Northern Cheyenne rancher Sterling Small gets ready to brand his cattle.


The overwhelming majority of bats are friends of humanity. They gobble up the insects that bite us and ruin our crops. They pollinate flowers and they replant forests by spreading seeds around. But as agriculture overtakes rain forests and jungles, humans have come into conflict with one bat species: the common vampire bat.

Courtesy of Sterling Small

On this episode of Field Days, Northern Cheyenne rancher Sterling Small finds that being forced to turn his calving heifers out last winter has resulted in fewer calves than he anticipated. He discusses his dilemma and the plans he has to make sure the same thing doesn't happen next year.  


Montana, especially rural Montana went big for Donald Trump in the 2016 election, but a lot of farmers and ranchers disagree with him on big, multi-country trade deals.

New U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue spoke in Great Falls Thursday. Perdue suggested reforms for a couple of big safety net programs important to farmers.

Perdue has only been on the job as ag secretary since the end of April, and part of his job is to help President Trump push forward a budget that calls for big cuts in the Department of Agriculture.

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue was in Great Falls Thursday for an “agriculture summit” hosted by Senator Steve Daines. Perdue promised big changes at the U.S. Forest Service, which his department oversees. 

courtesy Sterling Small

On this episode of Field Days, Northern Cheyenne rancher Sterling Small pays the price for decisions he made last summer, and learns the truth behind his banker's favorite saying: "Your first loss is your best loss." Sterling finds out the hard way after second-guessing cattle prices and waiting too long to deal with a now-overrun field that needs to get planted.


Sterling Small

On this episode of Field Days, persistent rain keeps rancher Sterling Small from getting into the hills to check on his new calf crop and seeding the barley he'll use for forage next winter, so he decided to head to Oklahoma to compete in an Indian Rodeo.


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