KXLF: Senate panel advances funding to assist Montana farmers and ranchers

Legislation that would provide technical assistance for farmers and ranchers through a Butte-based organization is in the works.

The legislation passed the Senate Appropriations Committee, but still must get the OK from the Senate and U.S. House of Representatives.

The Senate Agriculture Appropriations Act contains funding for the National Center for Appropriate Technology, headquartered in Butte, to continue its research and development of new technology to help farmers and ranchers save energy and resources, according to a news release from Sens. Jon Tester and Max Baucus.

Under the current legislation, the National Center for Appropriate Technology would receive $2,800,000.

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