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21,2oo3 Agriculture: The backbone of the MonDak Region ommlssloners president of the Growers Asso- and wheat Sunburst, was delega- a trade deal that to Mon- led by Sen. Rep. Denny )ated in the of agreement to ;10 million products, malting and cattle and dry was signed by t top agriculture for Cuba. Karst had the with various including Presi- They dis- s food needs and past year, U.S. become one SUBMITTED PHOTO SOurces of protein From left, Sen. Max Baucus; Pedro Alvarez, Cuba's top importing official; and Rap. diet. They are Denny Rehberg celebrate after signing an historic $10 million agriculture sale to Cuba. those purchasesThe sale is a first in Montana history, and will include Montana wheat, feed and malting high protein barley, live cattle and dry beans. barley that tive pay which made them other Montana agricultural lead- tana wheat and barley producers observed that among the highest paid in the ers returned Monday night after who, by combining their who were Havana area. spending four days on this trade strengths, voices and ideas, are ,S. chicken were "It was-encouraging to see that promotion effort, working to ensure a better future a joint venturethe workers were directly bene- The Montana Grain Growers for themselves, their industry Cuba. These fiting from this expansion of Association is the primary trade and the consumer. receiving incen- trade," he said. Karst and five organization representing Mon- ions oa BY BILL VANDER WEELE Herald-Leader Dewatering The Richland County corn- O'! missioners signed a letter in sup- to be _r]. port Monday of the federal I The Lower Yellowstone In'i-I Lower Yellowstone Reclama- tion Projects Conveyance Act. I gation Project announces [ dewatering of the main canal l If the bill is passed, it would will begin Saturday. ] convey the Lower Yellowstone Irrigation Project, the Savage unit of the Pick-Sloan Missouri the agricultural industry in Basin Program and the Intake Richland County, and we view Irrigation Project to the perti- the transfer of title as an activity nent irrigation districts, that preserves and protects its Sen. Conrad Burns introduced integrity. We ask that you pro- the bill to transfer the facilities vide solid support for our area of the Lower Yellowstone Irri- by helping with this legislation. gation Project to the Lower Yel- "Our economic tax base is very lowstone Valley's public irriga- dependent on the project. Irriga- tion districts, tion land in Richland County "The move (Senate Bill 900) accounts for only 4 percent of will secure the economic future the total acreage but 19 percent of the Lower Yellowstone Vai- of the total cropped acreage. The ley," Jerry Nypen, manager of irrigation districts provide a sig- the Lower Yellowstone Irriga- nificant amount of the county's tion Project, earlier told the Her- principle crop production: 25 ald. "Senator Burns knows very percent of all small grains, 60 well the importance of water to percent of all alfalfa hay and 100 our communities and the need percent of sugar beets. A very for state-controlled resources, significant amount of our popu- He will work hard to award the lation of 9,700 and a significant project to the local districts who amount of our tax revenue is have paid off the federal invest- generated from the irrigation ment and who have operated it projects. Just for example, Sid- successfully for over 75 years." ney Sugars, our largest taxpayer, Nypen said national leaders employs 500 people. will decide on the bill in Octo- "The irrigation projects offer ber. Closer to that date, Nypen this county the ultimate in eco- plans to hold public hearings on nomic stability. Because of the the issue, water in a county that is semi- The letter sent to Burns, Sen. add, consistent crop success has Max Baucus and Rep. Denny occurred here since 1910. It is Rehberg by the commissioners very important that the project read: continues to operate and provide "Richland County supports the far-reaching public benefit the Lower Yellowstone Irriga- as it has the past. tion District's attempts to "We appreciate the acquire title to the public irriga- you have placed on local control tion features of the Lower Yel- of our resources here in easlern lowstone Project. We recognize Montana, and we thank you for the project as the backbone for your efforts on passage of S. 900." tion. Westcott says he hopes most program, not because it was the "There is extensive work that of the donations are unrestricted highest priority, says Westcott, Legisla- needs to be done. Given the gifts. "Since we only received but because the work could be $1 million forimportance of having quality approval for a small portion of paid for by the limited funds of Mon- research centers for irrigated our needs, we need to make.sure collected before this year's push Experiment and dryland agriculture, we we do the most critical work tocomplete fund raising. centers, but want this done as soon as possi- first, even though we know peo- "Even though the work at come up ble," says Jacobsen. The station pie often like to donate to their Southern is our first priority, it dollars in dona- has research centers at Huntley, nearest research center." needs both an office building he state. Sidney, Creston, Moccasin,The Southern Ag Research and a machine shed and shop, would go Havre, Conrad and Corvallis. Center at Huntley heads the list neither of which could be fund- in infra- Most of those have antiquated of priorities, because it has only ed with what we had collected," identified in an facilities, a aly one, Conrad, temporary buildings in place, said Westcott. Services was designed for research. (The The first priority at Havre's can- For more information or to session. Fort Keogh site near Miles City ter is an equipment storage shed contribute to the million dollar $167,000 has is funded by USDA.) to get equipment out of the goal, contact either your area infrastructure"The Northern Agriculturalweather. At Northwestern, research center or Sandra Ger- to match Research Center at Havre was 'where a plastic-covered green- mann, development director for is now in highbuilt during the U.S. military's house frame is in place, the pri- the College of Agriculture at Indian campaign," notes Mal ority is to complete work on the 406-994-767 or e-mail her at of money Westcott, department head for adjacent work-area entry, sgermann@montana.edu. be attainable the research centers and super- The priority at the Eastern Ag term,, says Jeff intendent at the Western Ag Research Center in Sidney is a dean of the Research Center, Corvallis. "It chemical and equipment storage and wasn't wired for phones, let building. 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