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1/30/2016 Bozeman Daily Chronicle Guest Column by Kelly Pohl

When people learn that I’m from the Gallatin Valley, they often say: “I bet you’ve seen some changes around here!” The truth is yes…and no. Sure, there are a lot more people here than in my childhood. Traffic is heavier, restaurants are better, and rows and rows of houses loom where farm fields once stood.

But some things haven’t changed at all. You still have to jump over a pile of snow in the middle of Bozeman’s Main Street most of the winter. People still say hello on the trails, and most drivers give a wave on gravel roads. The heart of the valley — where some of the state’s best agricultural soils grow food for thousands — remains in productive farms with families who have stewarded the land for generations.

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