Census of Agriculture

The Chocolate Chirp Cookies are Cowboy Cricket Farms' largest income-producing product.
Rachel Cramer / Yellowstone Public Radio

From grain malting to cheese production, farmers and ranchers in Montana are finding new ways to add value to their raw products. And for one farm in Belgrade, that raw product chirps. Cowboy Cricket Farms is one of twenty operations that received a state grant earlier this year to scale up and break into new markets.

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Farm income in Montana dropped nearly 30 percent from 2012 to 2017, according to the new U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2017 Census of Agriculture.