Court Decision Profound for Regulation of Ordinary Farmland


A unanimous Supreme Court ruled, early this month, that landowners may challenge the federal government whenever the Army Corps of Engineers tries improperly to regulate land with regulations designed to protect water.
The decision strengthens landowners’ ability to sue federal regulators and is likely to have consequences for the government enforcement of the Clean Water Act.

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Study: Competition Key to Improving Education


A new study from the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice shows that competition is the key to improving American education.
“Pursuing Innovation” looks at “how effective open enrollment, charters, and educational choice programs are at improving student outcomes.”

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Federal Agency Cancels Lease After a Decade



The Interior Department announced its plans to cancel a decades’ stalled oil and gas lease in the Badger Two Medicine region of Northwestern Montana. This decision followed a hearing [on March 16], wherein U.S. District Judge Richard Leon gave the Interior Department 24 hours to act.

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What’s the Deal with Coal

Coal is one of three compact fuels that have built our nation. The three fuels are coal, natural gas and petroleum. Coal has become the most likely target for environmental movement criticism because it is black, dusty and creates CO2. Gas and oil also create some of the same problems but to a lesser extent although some would argue that point.

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Farm Bureau Dismayed about Army Corps Decision on Shipping Terminal

The Montana Farm Bureau is expressing its dismay regarding the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers denying a permit for the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal. The Gateway Pacific Terminal, the proposed dry bulk export facility located at Cherry Point in northwest Washington, would have served as a multi-commodity transload station from trains to vessels heading to Asia. Although grain and coal can be shipped into Washington state from anywhere, it’s estimated that a large portion of the products would have come from Montana and Wyoming.

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Montanans Show Support for Business in Chamber Poll


The Montana Chamber of Commerce’s annual Power-Base (P-base) survey of 800 voters statewide in Montana reveals that people respect businesses and that business organizations like the Montana Chamber are well-regarded. And, that Montanans want to fight the Clean Power Plan and are rather split on increasing the gas tax.

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On the Farm, Labor = Work



People are needed to keep a farm running. From repair tasks to driving machinery and checking crops—there’s no shortage of work to be done. Seems simple right? But farm work is real labor. It’s not easy. The job doesn’t include an ergonomic chair, cubicle, scheduled vacation or sick days. Farm work requires long days in often undesirable weather conditions and comes with an unpredictable schedule. It requires ongoing training, knowledge of crops and how they grow, plus many hours of twisting, turning, bending, climbing, shoveling and heavy lifting. There’s no way around it: It is labor and most Americans do not want to do it.

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