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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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June 12th, 2009: MFBF Sees Need for Change in New Climate Bill

Washington, D.C.—The president of the American Farm Bureau Federation called on the House Agriculture Committee to make drastic changes to a climate change bill before it is considered by Congress, telling the committee that to do less could result “in the economic equivalent of unilateral disarmament” if the government’s optimistic assumptions don’t hold true. In […] Continue reading . . .

June 6th, 2009: Farm Bureau urges opposition to faulty Clean Water Bill

BOZEMAN–The Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) is urging its members—and anyone else with a concern about water and property rights—to contact their Senators and urge them to oppose S.787, the Clean Water Restoration Act. “Certainly the Clean Water Act has done an admirable job in making sure our nation’s waters are clean. This is not […] Continue reading . . .

May 22nd, 2009: Climate Change Legislation: Benefits Must Outweigh Costs

By John Hart The talk on Capitol Hill is not to expect climate change legislation to become law this year, but do expect Congress to take action before the 2010 elections. Any delay in sweeping climate change legislation is welcome news for America’s farmers and ranchers because whatever action Congress takes could have a profound […] Continue reading . . .

May 19th, 2009: AFBF Opposes House Climate Change Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 18, 2009—Climate change legislation unveiled last week (H.R. 2454) “ignores the complex needs of a very diverse U.S. agricultural industry” and will draw opposition from the American Farm Bureau Federation. In a letter to members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, AFBF President Bob Stallman said that while the bill does […] Continue reading . . .

April 30th, 2009: Update: from MFBF, Montax on reappraisal lawsuit

The Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) and the Montana Taxpayer’s Association (Montax) appeared before the Montana Department of Revenue and Transportation Interim Committee (RATIC) April 29 and told members why they were forced to file a lawsuit against the Montana Department of Revenue (DOR) over their reappraisal of ag land in Montana. Farm Bureau believes […] Continue reading . . .

April 24th, 2009: MFBF expresses strong concerns, dismay on greenhouse gas rules, proposals

The Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) is expressing its strong dismay over a recent ruling and Federal Register posting regarding regulations of alleged greenhouse gas emissions. The EPA has opened a 60-day comment period on a proposal that could result in EPA regulating greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act. The MFBF, along with […] Continue reading . . .

April 16th, 2009: Market-oriented focus needed for climate change bill

The American Farm Bureau Federation supports a market-based incentive program rather than a government-mandated program to address the issue of climate change. AFBF outlined its goals for climate change legislation in a 29-question survey recently sent to the House Agriculture Committee. The committee had asked AFBF and other farm groups to complete the questionnaire before […] Continue reading . . .

April 10th, 2009: AFBF Appeals Pesticide Ruling, Disappointed EPA Not Doing So

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 10, 2009 – The American Farm Bureau Federation has asked the full Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals to review a three-judge ruling that would require permits for pesticide uses even if they are applied in compliance with pesticide labeling laws. AFBF expressed disappointment that the Environmental Protection Agency is not seeking a […] Continue reading . . .

March 30th, 2009: MFBF sees bill defeat as a positive for research

The Montana Farm Bureau is pleased H.B. 445, sponsored by Representative Betsy Hands, (D-Missoula), was defeated in the Senate Agriculture Committee today. “Our concern with the bill was it didn’t allow individuals, seed companies or universities who owned patents to protect their intellectual property,” noted John Youngberg, vice president of governmental affairs for Montana Farm […] Continue reading . . .

March 24th, 2009: Antibiotics Vital to Animal Health, Food Protection

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 24, 2009—The American Farm Bureau Federation is expressing strong opposition to legislation that would remove and restrict important antibiotics for veterinary and farm use. In a letter to Congress, AFBF President Bob Stallman said the bills (H.R. 1549 and S. 619) would handicap veterinarians and livestock and poultry producers in their efforts […] Continue reading . . .
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