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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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February 20th, 2009: MFBF applauds House Agriculture Committee on two bills

HELENA–The Montana Farm Bureau applauds the House Agriculture Committee on its “yea” votes for H.B. 482 which would provide state assistance for economic damage caused by brucellosis; and H.B. 418, which would authorize investor-owned livestock slaughter and processing plants. Farm Bureau members testified earlier on both bills. H.B. 482, would have the state reimburse ranchers […] Continue reading . . .

February 20th, 2009: MFBF says Big Sky Rivers Act violates property rights

HELENA– The Montana Farm Bureau Federation is opposing HB 455, known as the “Big Sky Rivers Act” that would make setbacks on selected Montana rivers at 250 feet, limit electricity in building near the water, and make water front properties have a 150-foot vegetated buffer zone. The bill was heard in the Local Government Committee, […] Continue reading . . .

February 17th, 2009: County Farm Bureaus “Call on Capitol” to learn about legislative process

Seventeen members of county Farm Bureaus across Montana had the opportunity to hold a “Calling on the Capitol” February 11-12 in Helena. The group met with the chair people of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees, along with visiting State Veterinarian Marty Zaluski, Department of Livestock’s Executive Officer Christian MacKay and Department of Natural Resources […] Continue reading . . .

February 12th, 2009: MFBF Equine Committee Chair testifies on equine processing plant bill

HELENA–Montana Farm Bureau Equine Committee Chair Mack Cole testified today to the House Agriculture Committee on House Bill 418, a bill supportive of building a horse processing facility in Montana. The bill says that the court of Montana may not issue an injunction stopping or delaying the construction of an equine processing facility. “If Montana […] Continue reading . . .

January 29th, 2009: MFBF Bison Study

Montana Farm Bureau contracted with an independent third party to do a study of the Yellowstone Park bison, brucellosis, the Intermountain Bison Management Plan (IBMP) and the potential impacts to state and national livestock industry. The study found that Yellowstone National Park needs to actively manage the bison within park boundaries and work toward eradication […] Continue reading . . .

January 27th, 2009: MFBF stresses the importance of funding for Montana Ag Experiment Stations

Agriculture in Montana could be threatened if state legislators vote to reduce funding for Montana Agricultural Experiment Stations (MAES). Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) is concerned about the recently proposed budget cuts for MAES, especially while fixed costs continue to rise. MAES provide Montana and its rural communities with the latest technological advances, economic opportunities […] Continue reading . . .

January 27th, 2009: MFBF Legislative Highlights – January 26, 2009

New “Legislative Highlights” your source for the news and updates impacting ag Please find below a link to the second edition of the newly revamped Montana Farm Bureau Federation Legislative Highlights, your connection to the Montana Legislature! Volume 2 of the MFBF Legislative Highlights includes articles on MFBF’s support for HB 190, funding for MSU […] Continue reading . . .

January 22nd, 2009: Montana Farm Bureau supports bridge access bill

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 . . .

January 20th, 2009: MFBF Weekly Highlights – January 19, 2009

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 . . .

January 14th, 2009: MFBF Legislative Highlights – January 9, 2009

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 . . .
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