Montana needs more value-added centers – The Missoulian

Montana needs more value-added centers - The Missoulian

Dark-pigmented fruits have been proven to provide immense organic health benefits. It grows in USDA zones 2 through 8. It is a perennial woody bush that has a 30-year life cycle. Dried powder from Haskap berries can be a nutraceutical superfood, food-coloring, has makeup applications, etc. The fresh berry can be eaten directly as well, or made into jams or wine.

Dried goods have great shelf-life and are light in trucks. In an ideal situation, our state government, along with our schools and private investment, should work together creating new ways to empower our farmers. Value-added processing centers should be our objective, in agriculture and all industries.

Finally, we can harvest dead-growth in our forests. Slack wood material is chunked and turned into “biocarbon.” Wood is burned smokeless in large kilns and extreme temperatures. A biologically available form of carbon with immense surface area at a microscope scale is created. Biocarbon can act as a sponge in our soils and provide habitat for healthy soil biology. Biologically available carbon can be used for numerous applications.

All wealth comes from the land and our state government must promote new economic models that empower our communities and producers.

Rep. David Dunn, R-Kalispell, represents House District 9 in the Montana Legislature. He has filed for re-election. 

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