Whoever first said, “It takes a village to raise a child,” must have spent time in the Madison and Ruby valleys. In Madison County, community members and business owners show up year after year with wallets in hand to support 4-H and FFA students during the livestock sale at the Madison County Fair.
When Mark Sabo purchased land east of Harrison eight years ago, he noticed a section of Norwegian Creek, which crosses through his land, was degraded as a result of overgrazing.
“All the willows and the cottonwoods were eaten,” Sabo said. “I wanted to build the creek up because it dropped into the land.”
A new agreement between Madison County and the Northern Rocky Mountain Economic Development District (NRMEDD) will give businesses and not-for-profits in the Madison and Ruby Valleys resources for economic growth.
“What is important to me is the end result,” said Les Gilman, a Madison County Economic Development Council board member and owner of IH Cattle Company near Alder. “In the end, we want economic development.”
Madison County schools run more than 1,000 miles in bus routes every school day.
Producers from Madison, Beaverhead and Silverbow counties met in Dillon on May 20 for a Southwestern Montana Stockmen’s Association meeting. The association gives involved producers the opportunity to have a say in the issues affecting Southwest Montana, Twin Bridges rancher Rick Sandru said.