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04.24.20

Daines secures $19 billion for Ag

U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that USDA will be providing $19 billion in assistance for farmers and ranchers hurting from challenging market conditions due to the Coronavirus pandemic through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP). Part of the funding will go to help Montana's cattle producers who have seen a drastic decline in cattle markets during the pandemic. This follows Daines' request earlier this month to USDA Secretary Perdue urging immediate action for Montana's ran… Continue Reading


04.24.20

Sen. Daines, Tester, Rep. Gianforte add all MT bars under Paycheck Protection Program

U.S. Senator Steve Daines, Senator Jon Tester and U.S. Representative Greg Gianforte, all of Montana, announced Friday all bars in the state may now qualify for the Paycheck Protection Program. "Montana's 2,400 taverns and bars have been hit hard by the Coronavirus pandemic which has impacted over 40,000 Montana jobs," Daines said in a release. "I fought hard to ensure Montana's taverns and bars are eligible for the same relief as other small businesses across the state to keep their workers em… Continue Reading


04.24.20

UM scientists work to develop COVID-19 vaccine, receive $2.5M from NIH

MISSOULA - The University of Montana's Center for Translational Medicine is working on a possible vaccine for COVID-19 right now. To fund the fight against COVID-19, the National Institute of Health awarded UM's department $2.5 million dollars. The principal investigator on the two-year award is Dr. Jay Evans, the center director and a research professor in UM's Division of Biological Sciences. "When the call came from NIH in February to shift focus and develop a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, we… Continue Reading


04.24.20

Montana veterans will now receive direct checks automatically

U.S. Senator Steve Daines announced that Montana veterans and their beneficiaries who receive VA benefits will be receiving their direct checks automatically without having to do anything extra from the Department of Treasury. This follows Daines urging both Treasury and Veterans Affairs Departments to work together to get the direct checks to Montana veterans the fastest and most effective way possible. "This is great news for our Montana veterans and their families who have given so much … Continue Reading


04.23.20

University of Montana researchers working toward COVID-19 vaccine

Researchers at the University of Montana are working to develop a COVID-19 vaccine with the help of a $2.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. The University of Montana has become a leader in vaccine development, ever since a team led by Jay Evans joined UM in 2016, after pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline downsized its operations in Hamilton, and the research team moved to Missoula. Evans and his team at UM's Center for Translational Medicine began working on the vaccine a… Continue Reading


04.23.20

Daines Visits UM on COVID Vaccine – then to Hellgate Elementary

The Center for Translational Medicine at the University of Montana recently received a $2.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to identify and advance a COVID 19 vaccine. Montana Senator Steve Daines visited the campus on Thursday and received a tour of the center and spoke to the researchers about the effort to find a COVID 19 vaccine. "I had an outstanding brief from the scientists at the University of Montana who are doing cutting edge research on developing a vaccine for … Continue Reading


04.23.20

Montana lands $5M from CDC to enhance testing as it begins phased reopening

Montana received a funding boost from the Centers for Disease Control on Thursday to enhance its testing capabilities as it prepares for a phased reopening and works to reboot its economy. Sens. Jon Tester and Steve Daines said the state will receive $5 million in funding earmarked for enhanced contact tracing and testing, and to protect vulnerable populations and high risk individuals. Gov. Steve Bullock laid out his plans for the phased approach this week. The state's stay-at-home order will… Continue Reading


04.22.20

Daines talks reopening Montana, Washington relief

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., outlined the importance of a phased reopening of the Montana economy while discussing COVID-19 relief efforts on Capitol Hill during a virtual chat with the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday morning. Daines said the good news is that Montana has seen a steady decline in confirmed COVID-19 cases - with zero reported on Sunday and just four on Monday - but the bad news is the statewide shutdown has resulted in 75,000 unemployed Montanans. "We prepared for … Continue Reading


04.21.20

Montana adds 4 COVID-19 cases, total now 437 -- and 273 recoveries

Four new cases of coronavirus were reported in Montana on Tuesday, bringing the state's total to 437. And of those, 273 cases have recovered and there have been 12 deaths due to the respiratory illness. The state reports at covid19.mt.gov there are 14 who remain hospitalized out of 59 hospitalizations and 11,241 tests have been performed. That's an increase of 190 tests from Monday. Also on Tuesday, the governor said he was able to get more masks, shields and other protective gear for health c… Continue Reading


04.21.20

Town Hall talks COVID-19, reopening Montana with key players

BIG SKY - The fourth installment of EBS's virtual Town Hall meetings brought key voices to the weekly conversation, kicking off the evening with Montana Gov. Steve Bullock. The state executive joined the meeting in between conversations with business leaders, public health experts and others to determine the best way to roll out a phased reopening anticipated to begin April 25, the day following the termination of the governor's stay-at-home directive. Bullock echoed statements he made in his o… Continue Reading


04.21.20

Montana senators optimistic about economic recovery

MISSOULA - Montana's senators are optimistic about how the state will rebound from the coronavirus shutdown. But they're also saying it will take a phased approach, geared to the different circumstances. Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines have had some differing viewpoints over how everyone is dealing with the pandemic. Tester has been more critical of the rollout of stimulus funds and assistance, while Daines is more praiseworthy of the efforts to help individuals and businesses. And while … Continue Reading


04.21.20

Daines Helps Secure $480 Billion for Hospitals – Small Business

Montana Senator Steve Daines held a press conference on Tuesday afternoon from his office in Washington just after the U.S. Senate voted on more funding to provide help for Montanans struggling during the COVID 19 crisis. "Just literally minutes ago the U.S. Senate passed a very important package of over $480 billion of additional relief," he said. "This will be targeted in some key areas. There's $25 billion for testing, and Montana will be receiving over $16 million for developing, administer… Continue Reading


04.21.20

Senate approves $500 billion COVID-19 relief bill after bipartisan deal

(AP) - Congress has reached a tentative agreement with President Donald Trump on a nearly $500 billion coronavirus relief bill. The US Senate voted in favor of the bill on Tuesday with a small group of senators pushing the bill through in whats known as a "pro forma session." Sen. Rand Paul spoke up to say he objected to the bill being voted on without the full Senate, but stopped short of forcing the entire Senate to return to Washington. The bill now moves to the House. The measure would re… Continue Reading


04.20.20

Montana Ag Network (Mon Apr 20)

Lane Nordlund has the Montana Ag Network report for Monday, April 20, 2020. #1 Friday, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program will provide $19 Billion dollars to provide relief for farmers, ranchers, and consumers. "This new $19 Billion program will take several immediate actions to assists farmers, ranchers and concerns in response to the COVID-19 national emergency," Perdue stated during a White House COVID-19 press conference. North Dako… Continue Reading


04.20.20

Daines discusses re-opening Montana's economy in virtual town hall

Sen. Steve Daines R-Mont., held a virtual town hall Friday to provide and update on the COVID-19 pandemic and what he's been doing to combat it, as well as hear from the public. "I want to hear your opinions and get your voices on these issues that are important during this pandemic and also to help you get answers about protecting your health, your safety, your finances, not just for yourself, but for your family, your friends, your loved ones," Daines said. Daines started with the latest dea… Continue Reading


04.18.20

Daines: Montana Meets Requirements to Begin Safely Reopening Economy

BOZEMAN - U.S. Senator Steve Daines joined Wake Up Montana Weekend live Saturday morning after being named to President Trump's bipartisan task force on safely reopening America. The senator tweeted out that he was honored to be selected by President Trump to serve on the historic task force to safely reopen America. Daines expressed that Montana has met the federal requirements to beginning phase one of safely reopening the economy, and that he looks forward to bringing the voice of Mon… Continue Reading


04.18.20

Daines announces $3.5 million for Montana law enforcement due to COVID-19

Montana U.S. Senator Steve Daines announced Saturday that nearly $3.5 million will be directed to the Montana Board of Crime Control. "This funding will play a critical role to ensure our law enforcement on the front lines have the resources they need to protect our communities during the coronavirus outbreak," Daines said in press release. The Department of Justice is providing the funding to ensure law enforcement across the country is prepared for any criminal activity that may occur follow… Continue Reading


04.18.20

Early rush for small business relief lowered demand in Montana as funds ran out

There are Montana businesses socked by the pandemic who are waiting on help from the now-exhausted Paycheck Protection Program, but the demand is thinning after a crush of early borrowing. There's a need for more than $100 million in loans to help Montana businesses keep workers on payroll, said Cary Hegreberg, Montana Bankers Association CEO. That estimate of remaining demand is a fraction compared to the $1.47 billion awarded to Montana businesses in the past two weeks. "These community bank… Continue Reading


04.18.20

WATCH: U.S. Senator Steve Daines live on Wake Up Montana

BOZEMAN - U.S. Senator Steve Daines joined Wake Up Montana Weekend live Saturday morning after being named to President Trump's bipartisan task force on safely reopening America.… Continue Reading


04.17.20

Montana COVID deaths climb to 8; Daines seeks funding for senior living facilities

Coronavirus claimed another Toole County resident on Thursday, bringing the number of deaths in Montana to eight while the number of cases across the state surpassed 415, including 35 in Missoula County. Toole County has a population of less than 5,000 people, though it accounts for half of the state's COVID-19 deaths. Missoula County has a population of 120,000 residents and has reported one death. "As we learn of the loss of another Montanan due to COVID-19, my heart aches for the community,… Continue Reading

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