Environment & Science

Field Days: Looking To The Future

Mar 26, 2018
courtesy Weston Merrill

On the final episode of the second season of Field Days, Fergus County rancher Weston Merrill ponders his family’s legacy and the future of agriculture in Montana and the American West.


State of Montana

State wildlife and livestock officials say an elk captured in southwest Montana tested positive for exposure to brucellosis.

This is the first time a positive test was found in the Tendoy Mountains Southwest of Dillon, said officials from the Montana Department of Livestock.

Field Days: Protecting The Hay

Mar 19, 2018
Weston Merrill

On this episode of Field Days, Fergus County rancher Weston Merrill does battle with a herd of elk to save his dwindling supply of hay.


Field Days: Losing A Calf

Mar 12, 2018
Weston Merrill

On this episode of Field Days, rancher Weston Merrill loses his first calf of the season.

  

Field Days: Calving Begins

Mar 5, 2018
Weston Merrill

On this episode of Field Days, calving begins at Mountain View Ranch.  


Field Days: Preparing The Barn For Calving

Feb 26, 2018
Weston Merrill

On this episode of Field Days, rancher Weston Merrill cleans up his barn in preparation for calving.


Field Days: Finding Time

Feb 21, 2018
Weston Merrill

On this episode of Field Days, rancher Weston Merrill drives ten miles on a closed highway just get some crossfit time in with his wife.

  

The Last Piece Of Ground

Feb 14, 2018
Lacy Jane Roberts

Robin Sterritt, a mechanical engineer who’s lived in Colstrip, Montana, for thirty years, points to the cloud of steam where the town’s famous smokestacks typically loom. It’s four degrees and the towers are hidden behind the heavy fog. “A day like today, everybody’s got the heat on,” he said.

Normally the smokestacks are hard to miss; they’re the tallest man-made structures in the state. On a clear day, you can see them thirty miles before you drive into Colstrip, a tidy town of 2300 in the southeast corner of Montana. Colstrip isn’t on the way to many places. It’s out here for only one reason: coal. 

Field Days: Montana Winter Fair

Feb 12, 2018
Courtesy The Prairie Star

On this episode of Field Days, rancher Weston Merrill heads to the Montana Winter Fair, where he learns how to be a better advocate for the agriculture industry.  


A new coalition called “Our Land, Our Legacy” says it plans to fight against Daines’ bill with social media messages and an advertising campaign.
Jason Crotty-CC-BY-2

Montana Wilderness advocates are launching a campaign in opposition to a bill introduced by the state’s Republican Senator Steve Daines. If passed, that bill would eliminate protections for some federal lands in Montana.

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