Missoulian week in review: Local news recap for June 1-7

Here are some of the headlines from this past week in the Missoulian. To read the full stories, click the link on each headline:

Not every small-scale farmer and rancher in western Montana can afford to buy a full-size tractor in good condition, which can cost around $40,000, along with all the necessary attachments.

Gillian Thornton Andrews, a local farmer and the Community Food and Agriculture Coalition’s Farmer Tool Library coordinator, sits atop of a Kubota tractor at CFAC’s grand opening of its Farmer Tool Library at LaLonde Ranch in Missoula on Wednesday, May 29, 2024. The tractor is part of an array of tools and resources that beginner and historically underserved farmers and ranchers will be able to rent out at an affordable cost.


That’s why the nonprofit Community Food and Agriculture Coalition in Missoula has launched a new resource for farmers and ranchers in and around Missoula County. 

It’s called the Farmer Tool Library, and it’s based on a concept that’s been used all over the country for decades. A tool library has things that a

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