Written by The Herald-News
The advisory council that last year submitted a number of long-range recommendations for Montana's Upland Game Bird Enhancement Program will meet in Helena Dec. 9-10 to review the program's progress.
The meeting is set to begin at 8 a.m. at the Montana Wild Education Center, 2668 Broadwater Ave., next to Spring Meadow Lake State Park off Highway 12 West.
In addition to the 10 active advisory council members, two new council members — Joe Ball, Charlo; and Dustin Ramoie, East Helena — were recently appointed by Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks director Jeff Hagener to serve four-year terms.
The meeting is open to the public. Public comment is specifically scheduled for Dec. 10 at 11:30 a.m.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 November 2013 10:14
Written by The Herald-News
Bea Johnson Burr decided that she would like to give back to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation and the Wolf Point community in which she grew up.
She graduated from Wolf Point High School in 1963. As class salutatorian, Johnson earned a degree from the University of Montana in Missoula.
Recognizing the needs of young students who are struggling to make a better life for themselves and their families, Johnson contacted Chuck Trinder, one of the founding fathers of Fort Peck Community College and asked how she could contribute to help students get their degrees and improve their qualities of life.
Trinder made arrangements with Fort Peck Community College for Johnson to contribute to the Annie Knorr Proctor Memorial Scholarship Fund. Through Johnson’s generosity, three students from the college will be able to complete their degree work on a full ride scholarship.
Additional funding was given for the student gas voucher program to enable out-of-town students to attend classes.
In an interview, Johnson said that the Fort Peck Community College people made her feel so welcome; it felt as though she had always known them. She said they are awesome people and it was also great seeing some old friends from 50 years ago whom she hadn't seen in all that time and getting caught up on their lives and doings. She appreciates where she came from and the great school and teachers who gave her such a good education. One never realizes these things till much later, but the education she got in Wolf Point was right up there with the best and it enabled her to have a successful career.
Fort Peck Community College presented two of the three scholarship awards and honored Johnson with a luncheon on Oct. 1. In addition, Johnson received a beaded necklace, a FPCC t-shirt, an edition of The History of the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation (1600 – 2012) and a tour of the FPCC facilities.
Marcus Vandall and Thomasine Hamilton were the first two scholarship recipients.
Johnson hopes that others who grew up on the Fort Peck Reservation and went on to successful careers will consider making contributions to Fort Peck Community College scholarship fund at http://www.fpcc.edu/pdf/giving_form.pdf.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 09:57
Written by The Herald-News
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Risk Management Agency reminds producers in Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota that the fall sales closing date is Sept. 30.
Fall sales closing and cancellation dates are applicable for wheat (in counties with both a fall and spring sales closing date), forage production and rye.
One important change for the 2014 crop year is the option to insure alfalfa and other forage seed crops via written agreement in counties without an alfalfa or forage seed program.
Written agreements must be submitted through an insurance agent and requests for the 2014 crop year must be signed by Sept. 30.
Doug Hagel, Billings regional office director, reminds producers to contact their crop insurance agent for more information on the new rules.
For more information on how to find a crop insurance agent, go to www.rma.usda.gov/tools/agent.html.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 September 2013 09:57
Written by The Herald-News
The Montana Department of Livestock is reminding equine owners state-wide to be on the lookout for West Nile Virus.
“We’ve had nine positive cases confirmed in the past five days, so the threat is definitely there,” said state veterinarian Dr. Marty Zaluski.
Zaluski said equine owners should be familiar with clinical signs of the disease, which can be difficult to distinguish from other serious neurological diseases like sleeping sickness and rabies. Some of those signs include:
•Loss of appetite and depression;
•Incoordination or weakness of the hind limbs;
•Muscle or muzzle twitching;
•Inability to swallow.
“If you notice any of these, or other, unusual symptoms, contact your veterinarian,” Zaluski said. “There is no direct treatment for the virus, but with early detection and supportive veterinary care, some infected horses will recover.”
Vaccination has been shown to be highly effective in preventing the virus. It requires an initial vaccination and then a booster, and is typically administered in the spring. Your veterinarian can help determine if an initial vaccination this late in the season would provide adequate protection.
Of the seven cases with known vaccination histories, six have not been vaccinated for WNV and one was not current; four of those horses either died or were euthanized.
In the meantime, topical insecticides can provide more immediate protection, said Greg Johnson, veterinary entomologist for Montana State University's Department of Animal and Range Sciences.
"I'd suggest a permethrin insecticide treatment to suppress mosquito blood feeding," Johnson said. "A product like Brute pour-on (10 percent permethrin) can be applied as a wipe-on, while Gardstar (40 percent permethrin) can be mixed with water and applied as a low volume spray or a wipe-on. "
A single application can provide up to seven days of protection, he said, and "using it for a couple of weeks might be enough to get you through the rest of the mosquito season."
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 September 2013 09:28
Written by Al Stover
As people across the United States celebrated Labor Day, the crew at the Farmers Elevator in Wolf Point had been at work, preparing for the wheat harvest.
The Wolf Point/Macon facility, at 219 E. Blaine Street, is one of several Farmers Elevators in northeast Montana that cultivate crops and gets them ready for harvest time.
According to manager James Hardy, the facility is about 60 percent done with the work they need to finish in order to be ready for harvest. He said there had been a late start due to the cool summer and the increase in rain in the previous year.
The process for getting ready for the harvest consisted of several tasks, including catching up on maintenance, planning the freight, cultivating the seed and spraying for weeds. Once it gets dried, crews haul the wheat off the combines.
“A lot of guys bin [the wheat],” Hardy said. “Now, guys have a lot of more bins than they used to. The harvest rush is still there but not like it could have been in years past because our farm storage has greatly increased.”
According to according to manager Jerry Doornek, the Farmers Elevator in Glasgow is nearly done with their work before the harvest. The facility in
Scobey is about 20 percent along in their work.
“We’re getting started with the wheat and the durum,” said Gordy Cromwell, manager of the Sco-bey Farmers Elevator. “There’s a lot to combine down here.”
Columbia Grain manager Leta Campbell said that Columbia Grain facilities south of the Missouri River are nearly complete. As for the Columbia Grain facilities up north, things are a little bit different.
“Things got started a little bit later,” Campbell said. “The crops were seeded a little bit later.”
The Farmers Elevator facility in Wolf Point runs a fuller crew throughout the year. Although the workers put in a lot of hours prior to harvest, Hardy makes sure to his crew time off before the harvest
“It shows the hard work and dedication the guys give around here,” Hardy said.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 September 2013 09:08