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Montana Farm Bureau members have two full-time lobbyists representing the interests of Montana farms and ranches at the state capitol. Several hundred bills are introduced each session and all are reviewed for potential impact to our member farmers and ranchers. In addition to the legislative session, Montana Farm Bureau lobbyists keep in close working contact with the administration and all agencies.
Montana Farm Bureau members have their own national lobbying team in Montana as well as the entire lobbying staff housed by American Farm Bureau. Montana representatives make weekly contact with our Montana Congressional Delegation in D.C. and keep them updated to our agriculture positions.
Montana Farm Bureau volunteer leaders maintain an active presence at the state Capitol and in D.C. At several times during the legislative session, volunteer leaders testify before committees. On both levels, when there are critical issues before lawmakers, Montana Farm Bureau issues a “Call to Action” that activates our extensive grassroots network – members by calling, writing and sending e-mails to their legislators on specific bills.
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Montana Farm Bureau created a Legislative Report Card at the conclusion of the 2015 Legislative Session. The scores of this report card helped us determine the recipients of the Excellence in Agriculture, Golden Windmill and New Legislator of the Year Awards. Our criteria for selecting which bills to report on was to use bills MFBF […] Continue reading . . .
MFBF attended the second interim meeting of the Environment Quality Council (EQC) in Helena on September 9-10. The council, comprised of legislators and a slate of private citizens appointed by the Governor, met to finish outlining their program of work for the interim. A topic that saw a lot of discussion was Sage Grouse conservation […] Continue reading . . .
The Montana Farm Bureau applauds the Senate’s passage of Trade Promotion Authority today. “TPA is very important for Montana agriculture,” noted MFBF President Bob Hanson. “This sends a strong signal to foreign governments that our country is ready to work on new agreements that will open markets and break down trade barriers. This says we […] Continue reading . . .
The Montana Farm Bureau applauds the Senate’s passage of HB 2, the General Appropriations Act, by the Montana House of Representatives. Of interest to Montana Farm Bureau and other agricultural groups was the funding for the Department of Livestock, namely for the State Animal Diagnostic Lab in Bozeman and for the Designated Surveillance Area (DSA) […] Continue reading . . .
The Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) is giving kudos to the Senate for passing HR 5771, the tax extender bill. The bill awaits being signed into law by President Obama. Passage of the bill means farmers and ranchers will have tax laws that will let them reinvest in their businesses. The state’s largest agricultural organization […] Continue reading . . .
by Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation “The American Farm Bureau Federation is very pleased that formal conference committee talks on the farm bill have begun today, which has renewed our optimism that we truly are nearing the end of a three-plus year trek. With the legislation and process back in the hands of […] Continue reading . . .
WASHINGTON, D.C., October 15, 2013—Congressional leaders’ moving forward on negotiations to resolve differences between the Senate and House versions of the 2013 farm bill is a commendable step but much more remains to be done, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. Overall, both the Senate and House bills provide an adequate food and farm […] Continue reading . . .
Montana Farm Bureau President Bob Hanson has sent a letter to Montana Senator Max Baucus regarding his appointment to the Conference Committee for the 2013 Farm Bill. The legislation is very important to the state’s farmers and ranchers, which Hanson directly said in the letter. “Surety is very important as we make planting, purchasing, and […] Continue reading . . .
The American Farm Bureau Federation is highly disappointed the House did not complete work on the 2013 farm bill, the ‘Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013.’ It was a balanced bill that would have provided much needed risk management tools and a viable economic safety net for America’s farmers and ranchers. “I’m […] Continue reading . . .
The Montana Farm Bureau Federation is pleased that the Senate has moved the 2013 farm bill forward. Known as the Agriculture Reform, Jobs and Food Act, the bill provides needed risk management tools and a viable economic safety net for America’s farmers and ranchers. “Farm Bureau has put a lot of time and effort into […] Continue reading . . .