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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.

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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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 . . .

August 9th, 2013: MFBF speaks out on farm bill needs to Senator Baucus

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 . . .

June 20th, 2013: Statement by Farm Bureau regarding House Defeat of the Farm Bill

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 . . .

June 10th, 2013: Montana Farm Bureau comments on the passage of the farm bill in the Senate

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 . . .

May 7th, 2013: Farm Bureau disappointed in governor’s amendatory veto on HB 2

The Montana Farm Bureau has expressed strong disappointment in the latest action by Governor Steve Bullock on House Bill 2. The governor signed HB 2, but made an unexpected amendatory veto that stripped $250,000 funding for the Montana Ag Experiment Stations (MAES) and $400,000 from the Extension Service from the state’s budget. “By this amendatory […] Continue reading . . .

April 12th, 2013: Farm Bureau farm bill proposal making way through Capitol Hill

The Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) is closely watching the latest developments with the farm bill. On Monday, the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) presented their farm bill proposal to Capitol Hill. The proposal offers a diverse mix of risk management and safety net tools to benefit a wide range of farms and it saves […] Continue reading . . .

April 1st, 2013: Montana Farm Bureau says no to shorter tax reappraisal cycle

The Montana Farm Bureau continues to oppose legislation that calls for a shorter tax reappraisal cycle. SB 398 changes the reappraisal cycle for Class 3 (agricultural land), Class 4 (residential) and Class 10 (forest land) from six to two years. SB 398 is similar to SB 4. SB 4 would have changed the tax reappraisal […] Continue reading . . .

March 1st, 2013: MFBF reflect on Montana Legislative Session so far

With Montana Legislative Session at mid-point, Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) is reflecting on its work on bills that would affect agricultural producers. If a bill hasn’t been transmitted over to the other legislative body by now, it’s dead. The past week was extremely busy as everyone was trying to get their bills heard. “A […] Continue reading . . .

February 1st, 2013: MFBF: Ag needs to be removed from SB4

HELENA—The Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) is urging farmers and ranchers to ask members of the Senate Taxation Committee to remove agriculture land, also known as Class 3 property, from Senate Bill 4. SB 4 puts tax classes 3, 4 and 10 into a one-year reappraisal cycle instead of the current six year cycle. “It’s […] Continue reading . . .
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