Fed funds for small Montana meat processors fend off industry consolidation

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(Big Sky Connection) Small Montana meat processors are on the front lines against the large companies that control the industry. Funding from the American Rescue Plan is helping these processors compete. 

Nearly eight million dollars were secured for 30 Montana businesses from the COVID relief legislation. That includes $450,000 for Hamilton Packing Company in the Bitterroot Valley. 

Feds offering 80% less in oil and natural gas lease sales, increasing royalty rate

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The U.S. Department of Interior announced it is making only 20 percent of eligible acreage for oil and natural gas production available for leasing on federal lands to comply with a federal court order.

Montana's quality of life a big draw for workers, business groups say

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(The Center Square) - A favorable tax climate may draw businesses and entrepreneurs to Montana, but two economic development experts think the quality of life is the state's stronger draw.

Brian Obert, executive director of the Montana Business Assistance Connection in Helena, thinks the idea that low taxes will attract businesses is a mantra that probably is not as strong as it used to be in the past. Quality of life and availability of talent have become increasingly important, he told The Center Square.

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