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October 4th, 2013: Farm Bill Expiration

Statement by Bob Stallman, President American Farm Bureau Federation Re: Farm Bill Expiration October 1, 2013 “Farmers and ranchers, along with 90 percent of the country, are frustrated with Congress.  Aside from shutting down the government, the one-year farm bill extension Congress granted last session also expired at midnight, while the new farm bill has […] Continue reading . . .

June 21st, 2013: Montana Farm Bureau strongly supports Death Tax Repeal Act

The Montana Farm Bureau and American Farm Bureau Federation support legislation recently introduced in both the House and Senate that would permanently repeal the estate tax. Sen. John Thune’s (R-S.D.) bill, The Death Tax Repeal Act of 2013, coupled with bipartisan legislation of the same title introduced by Reps. Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and Mike McIntyre […] Continue reading . . .

May 23rd, 2013: 2013 MFBF Legislative Session Wrap-UP

The Last Word: How Ag Fared in 2013 The 63rd Legislature proved to be one of the most interesting in the history of Montana. For the first time in memory the House of Representatives passed the general fund budget bill without a single amendment and by a unanimous vote. Meanwhile the Senate was divided into […] Continue reading . . .

May 14th, 2013: Statement by Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation, Regarding Senate Agriculture Committee Approval of Bipartisan Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 14, 2013 – “The Senate Agriculture Committee today put the farm bill on a solid road toward success. By following a bipartisan path and approving its farm bill legislation, the committee moved the farm bill forward with provisions that work well for America’s farm and ranch families. We are especially pleased that […] Continue reading . . .

May 1st, 2013: Agriculture fares well in 63rd Montana Legislative Session

Agriculture fared well in the 63rd Montana Legislative Session, with some wins on tax and wildlife bills, according to Montana Farm Bureau Lobbyists John Youngberg and Nicole Rolf. “All in all, I’d say some good bills were passed that will help farmers and ranchers,” noted Youngberg. “We were pleased that the wolf management bill that […] Continue reading . . .

April 9th, 2013: Farm Bureau Sends Farm Bill Proposal to Capitol Hill

The following is a press release from the American Farm Bureau Federation: Click here to listen to AFBF’s Mary Kay Thatcher discuss the proposal in an interview with the Northern Ag Network. WASHINGTON, D.C., April 8, 2013 – The American Farm Bureau Federation is sending a farm bill proposal to Capitol Hill today. Approved this […] Continue reading . . .

February 22nd, 2013: MFBF strong supporter of business equipment tax relief bill

The Montana Farm Bureau is strongly supporting HB 472, a business equipment tax relief bill sponsored by Jerry Bennett, R-Libby. The bill was heard this morning in the House Taxation Committee. The bill reduces business equipment taxes by increasing the exemption. “HB 472 provides real and significant business equipment tax relief to all Montana farmers, […] Continue reading . . .

February 14th, 2013: Farm Bureau continues to oppose corner crossing bill

When HB 235, the bill that threatened property rights, was tabled in the House Judiciary Committee, the Montana Farm Bureau applauded the committee members for their insight. The bill would have allowed corner crossing as a legal form of access. “There is an effort being made by the bill sponsor and supporters to blast the […] Continue reading . . .

February 10th, 2013: MFBF applauds House passage of wolf management bill

HELENA–The Montana Farm Bureau is applauding the Legislature for their “yea” vote on House Bill 73, a bill now on its way to Montana Governor Steve Bullock’s office. The wolf management bill would allow the purchase of more than one hunting license for wolves, prohibits the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks from drawing […] Continue reading . . .

February 1st, 2013: DAINES CALLS FOR FIVE-YEAR FARM BILL, REGULATORY RELIEF FOR MONTANA AG PRODUCERS

BOZEMAN, Mont. – Congressman Steve Daines today called on Congress to pass a long-term Farm Bill that provides certainty for Montana’s farmers and ranchers. In a meeting this morning with leaders of the Montana Farm Bureau Federation, Daines listened to members’ concerns and reaffirmed his commitment to passing a five-year Farm Bill and working to […] Continue reading . . .
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