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On the Importance of Sustainable Ranching

Post by Clemson Montana Summer Program student Melissa Ferral

When I landed in Montana, after traveling for a total of six hours from South Carolina, what immediately stuck out to me was the openness of the landscape. Driving through Billings the first hour of my arrival, I found myself analyzing my new surroundings, from the open plains to the fields full of cattle, all of this underneath a wide and blue sky. When undergoing new situations, memories and past experiences are what people fall back upon to determine thoughts and solutions, if needed. South Carolina if a coastal state that has a variety of different regions, all set in a hot and humid climate for most of the year. I was born in South Carolina, in a small city by the name of Camden that shaped me into the person I am today, and I cannot help but draw comparisons to my home state.

Of course I have seen pictures and read information of Montana and its open skies, but seeing such a thing in person is entirely different. Mont…

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