Read the latest news from the Montana Farm Bureau Federation on legislative actions:
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
The Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) is urging lawmakers to vote for an increased budget for the Montana Ag Experiment Stations (MAES) and Cooperative Extension. The increased budget would go toward restoring six positions and help the entities afford deferred maintenance. (MAES has a backlog of $11 million in maintenance.) The current budget proposal by [...] Continue reading . . .
January 2, 2012 Although not all of the language in the “Fiscal Cliff Package” was ideal, some of the language was met with a positive response from the American and Montana Farm Bureau Federations. “The most positive aspect of this Fiscal Cliff Package was the permanent $5 million exemption level on estate tax, which had [...] Continue reading . . .