GOOD LOOKIN’ BARLEY — Jerry Jerome of Anheuser-Busch, on the left, and Paul Lindberg look at some of Lindberg’s Hockett Barley. Lindberg was chosen for this article by Dr. Tom Blake, Barley Breeder. Blake recommended Lindberg after visiting his farm with Jerome in the summer of 2008. Courtesy of Kelly Gorham, MSU News Service
By Melynda Harrison, MSU News Service
Drinking beer is a simple act, but making beer is not. It starts out with genetics and tens of thousands of barley varieties and ends with a clear ambrosia that belies the time, effort and technology that went into its making.
At Montana State University, scientists have worked for more than a century to advance one of the state’s most important crops and helped improve a product beloved by millions. The trail from research bench, to barley field, to microbrewery is long and circuitous. But, as beer lovers will tell you, the end result is worth the long wait.
By Adam Jerome, I-O Reporter
On Thursday night, Jessica Crist the Montana Bishop for the Lutheran Church came to Conrad to hold a Q and A session at the Pondera Valley Lutheran Church (PVLC).
The Q and A which resembled more of a sales pitch was attended by 20-30 church members.
The reason for the Bishop’s visit is because the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) requires a meeting with the Montana Bishop before a second vote on leaving takes place.
Crist began the evening with a prayer followed by a list of reasons that the PVLC should consider staying with the organization.
By Buck Traxler, I-O Editor
Montana House Representative Llew Jones, HD-27, told the members of the Conrad Area Chamber of Commerce as they met the Pondera Golf Club on Wednesday, “Montana could face a $500 million shortfall in revenue when the legislature convenes in 2011.”
He noted that when he left the capital there was $300 million in savings and that Montana was one of two states that was still in the black.
If the current forecasts are right, lawmakers will have “only” $44 million, or “there abouts,” left in savings.
Jones reported that individual income tax collection is down about 18 percent and corporate taxes collections are down about 50 percent.