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Montana: Bozeman Business Finds Value in Damaged Wood
Forestry experts estimate that at least 1 million acres of Montana forests have succumbed to the mountain pine beetle, leaving enormous amounts of standing dead trees. Finish carpenter Neil Wilbert finds the distinctive blue streaks caused by a fungus introduced by the pine beetle beautiful.

Cowboys vs. Packers in Colorado - USDA, Department of Justice Hold Joint Antitrust and Livestock Competition Workshop

No, it wasn't a football game that drew over 1,600 people to Fort Collins, Colorado last Friday, August 27. It was an historic workshop, hosted by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, examining competition in the livestock sector as well as market consolidation and antitrust in the meatpacking industry.

The Scale of Our Daily Lives

By Aubrey Streit Krug
(Editor's Note: We'd like to thank Aubrey for her work with us this summer! Her contributions to our blog have been much appreciated.)

The sheer size of the crises that we face can be overwhelming. In addition to the earthquake in Haiti, floods in Pakistan and the BP oil spill, we have chronic environmental problems like the dead zone growing in the Gulf of Mexico, tons of topsoil being lost from the Great Plains, and mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia.

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