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 Federation (MFBF), the state largest agriculture organization, is supporting HB 190, a bridge access bill which would allow landowners to attach fences to bridge abutments or guardrails while allowing the public to reasonably access state waters. Earlier attempts to address the issue of bridge access had MFBF expressing various concerns including the [...] Continue reading . . .
Please find below a link to the first edition of the Montana Farm Bureau Federation Weekly Highlights. This publication lists the bills that your MFBF Legislative Team is following each week, the relevant policy that dictates our position on the bill and the status of the legislation. This is a by-weekly publication sent via e-mail [...] Continue reading . . .
New “Legislative Highlights” your source for the news and updates impacting ag Please find below a link to the first edition of the newly revamped Montana Farm Bureau Federation Legislative Highlights, your connection to the Montana Legislature! This publication is designed to keep you informed about upcoming events and important topics, make you familiar with [...] Continue reading . . .
November 26, 2008 – Bozeman: Montana Farm Bureau Federation has submitted comments on the Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) for regulating greenhouse gases (GHG) under the Clean Air Act. This lengthy and complex document presents many issues that directly affect agriculture in an adverse manner. We are strongly encouraging MFBF members to send comments [...] Continue reading . . .
BOZEMAN–In response to a request from Fergus County Farm Bureau to help with this “urgent fight,” the Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) has submitted comments regarding the Four Draft Management Alternatives being proposed for the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge (CMR). “The livestock industry is a very important part of Montana’s history and economy, [...] Continue reading . . .
In a statement sent to the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) said that regulating greenhouse gases through the Clean Air Act in its current form is the wrong approach for agriculture. AFBF said such regulation would cause significant and severe consequences to the agriculture industry. If the rule [...] Continue reading . . .
BOZEMAN – The Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) is outraged by the decision announced today by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to withdraw the rule issued in March that declared wolves fully recovered. “Montana’s livestock industry, the states of Montana, Wyoming and Idaho, sportsmen, moderate environmental groups and the general public have spent decades [...] Continue reading . . .
By John Hart The Environmental Protection Agency recently called for public comments on whether and how the agency should regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act. This is the first step in a process that could have sweeping negative consequences for America’s farmers and ranchers. What’s the problem? Simply put, the Clean Air [...] Continue reading . . .
The Montana Farm Bureau Federation has echoed the sentiments stated by American Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman—that the Clean Water Restoration Act would greatly expand federal jurisdiction to areas that the Clean Water Act was never meant to regulate. Stallman noted, “If the Clean Water Restoration Act passes, the regulations will put true water resources, [...] Continue reading . . .
By Bob Stallman, President American Farm Bureau Federation Politics is never an easy game. Those directly involved know that to get something accomplished in Washington you need to roll up your sleeves and settle in for the long haul. In light of this, farmers appreciate the effort the House went to early last year to [...] Continue reading . . .