Environment & Science

Three of Montana's coal mines could shutter by 2029.
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission / U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Several big coal mines in Montana and Wyoming are projected to close within the next two decades. The mines' owner, Westmoreland Coal Company, is on the brink of bankruptcy.

courtesy Phil Davey

On this episode of Field Days, Stillwater County farmer Phil Davey quite literally works around the clock planting spring wheat and chickpeas in a race against time.

  

courtesy Phil Davey

 On this episode of Field Days, Stillwater County farmer Phil Davey waits for a break in the weather so his fertilizer can be delivered and applied—the only way he can make any money on the crop at harvest.


courtesy Phil Davey

On this episode of Field Days, Columbus farmer Phil Davey shows us around the farm.


courtesy Phil Davey

On this first episode of the third season of Field Days, we meet Columbus farmer Phil Davey, who we’ll follow this season from planting to harvest.


Jackie Yamanaka

Former U.S. Energy Secretary Bill Richardson says the coal industry isn’t dead. He says it’s in transition and there needs to be a plan. Part of that plan may be forming a coalition with renewable energy producers.

Richardson envisions something akin to a Marshall Plan. It was a U.S. program that helped Europe rebuild after the devastation of World War II.

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.

  

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