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State Level:

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.

National Level:

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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Latest Legislative Updates

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January 21st, 2016: Farm Bureau dismayed with President Obama’s Veto of Senate Resolution on Waters of the U.S.

The Montana Farm Bureau has expressed strong disappointment regarding President Obama’s veto of a Senate Resolution that would have halted the Environmental Protection Agency’s overreach on the Water of the U.S. Rule. The Environmental Protection Agency changed the definition of the water it may regulate under the Clean Water Act, unlawfully arrogating to itself the […] Continue reading . . .

December 2nd, 2015: Conversations from the Capitol…

The 2015 Legislature concluded in April, but that doesn’t mean the policy talk has ended for the next two years. Throughout the Interim, MFBF staff continues to follow many topics and participate in meetings to further our policies in state politics. Sage Grouse Plan to be Up and Running in 2016 In September 2014, Governor […] Continue reading . . .

December 2nd, 2015: Comparison of Proposed Changes to EPA’s Certification of Pesticide Applicator Rules

Click here to download a comparison of proposed changes to EPA’s Certification of Pesticide Applicator Rules. Continue reading . . .

October 12th, 2015: 2015 MFBF Legislative Report Card

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 . . .

September 15th, 2015: Environmental Quality Council Sets Roadmap for Interim Work

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 . . .

June 30th, 2015: Montana Farm Bureau applauds Senate passage of Trade Promotion Authority

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 . . .

April 10th, 2015: Farm Bureau applauds restoration of Department of Livestock funding in bill

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 . . .

December 17th, 2014: MFBF applauds tax extender legislation passage in Senate; urges prompt action by President

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 . . .

October 30th, 2013: Statement Regarding Farm Bill Conference

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 . . .

October 15th, 2013: Progress on Farm Bill Negotiations a Commendable Step

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 . . .
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