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President Donald Trump on Monday signed a long-awaited trade agreement between the U.S. and Japan, the biggest overseas consumer of U.S. beef.

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Montana wheat farmers say they’ve been given a “glimmer of hope” with an initial trade deal reached this week between the U.S. and local grain growers’ largest buyer: Japan.

A cow looks up on a farm near Bridger, Montana.
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Many are calling for the fast resolution to the Trump Administration's trade war with China. Among them are Montana cattle producers who see opportunity in Chinese markets.

Cows in a field
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Japan said last week that for the first time in nearly two decades, it will accept a much broader selection of beef imports from the United States. Some producers in Montana say this could re-open a lucrative market, but others say the agreement is too little too late.

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Legislation re-introduced in the U.S. Senate aims to strike what some consider a more reasonable balance between the needs of livestock and those who drive them across country.

The Montana Department of Livestock is investigating bovine tuberculosis after three diagnoses with potential connections to Montana herds.
Cattle on Weston Merrill's family ranch


  The Montana Department of Livestock is investigating three cases of bovine tuberculosis with potential connections to Montana herds.

The National Park Service has approved Yellowstone's bison quarantine program.
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Yellowstone National Park is moving forward with a plan to help create new herds of wild, genetically-pure bison across the country.

Bison carry brucellosis which causes miscarriage in cattle. Slaughtering bison who wander out of Yellowstone National Park to protect livestock has been a controversial management practice for decades. Superintendent Dan Wenk spoke out on the issue this week.

In a deal that coincides with President Donald Trump’s visit to Beijing this week, China’s largest online retailer says it will buy $200 million dollars worth of Montana beef over the next three years.