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June 24th, 2011: MFBF welcomes passage of NPDES permitting bill

The American Farm Bureau Federation, along with the Montana Farm Bureau Federation, is pleased that the Senate Agriculture Committee has passed H.R. 872, the Reducing Regulatory Burdens Act of 2011, in a strong bipartisan vote. The measure clarifies that National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits are not required when applying pesticides according to Environmental Protection […] Continue reading . . .

June 23rd, 2011: MFBF comments on GAO horse study

The Montana Farm Bureau applauds Senator Max Baucus for his successful efforts to get a report published from the Government Accounting Office (GAO) on their in-depth study of the emotionally charged unwanted horse and horse processing issue. One of the recommendations that came out from the GAO is for Congress to restore funding for inspections […] Continue reading . . .

May 17th, 2011: Congress Should Act Now on FTA

Trade is important to the U.S. economy and especially to Montana’s farmers, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and the Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF). AFBF and MFBF are urging Congress and the administration to expedite consideration of the three free trade agreements with Korea, Colombia and Panama. “Farmers across Montana and in […] Continue reading . . .

May 6th, 2011: New Clean Water Act Proposal Threatens Farmers and Montana Water Rights

The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released proposed Clean Water Act rules on Wednesday that would give the federal government control over an expanding amount of private farm and ranch ground. Don Parrish, senior regulatory specialist with the American Farm Bureau Federation, said the proposed new rules threaten farmers and […] Continue reading . . .

May 5th, 2011: Montana Farm Bureau praises Senator Max Baucus for work on trade

Bob Hanson, president of the Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) has given kudos to Montana Senator Max Baucus for his efforts in opening beef markets in South Korea, and his support of free trade. “The Montana Farm Bureau Federation would like to thank you for your commitment to promoting free trade for American agriculture. We […] Continue reading . . .

April 7th, 2011: MFBF expresses concern regarding budget cuts for agriculture

The Montana Farm Bureau is taking a critical look at budget cuts facing the nation that will affect its members. Farm Bureau applauds efforts to put the nation back on a path toward a more responsible federal budget, but is concerned about cuts that might impact the safety net that supports Montana’s farmers. “The Congressional […] Continue reading . . .

January 19th, 2011: AFBF Comments on Regulatory Reform

Statement by Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation Regarding President Obama’s Executive Order on Regulatory Reform WASHINGTON, D.C., January 19, 2011—“The American Farm Bureau Federation welcomes the President’s focus on reforming the regulatory process. Today, farmers, ranchers, and countless other business owners face a long list of federal requirements that are eroding their bottom […] Continue reading . . .

July 14th, 2010: MFBF President urges Montana senators to support estate tax reform

Washington, D.C. — Montana Farm Bureau President Bob Hanson urged Montana’s Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester, to support an increase in the estate tax exemption. The best bet in town is a new amendment called the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act of 2010 (H.R. 5297), proposed by Sens. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) and Jon […] Continue reading . . .

June 23rd, 2010: AFBF: Small Meat Processors Endangered by new Regulatory Costs

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 22, 2010 — Small and independent meat processors are at significant economic risk due to increased regulatory costs included in a preliminary draft guidance document issued by the Food Safety and Inspection Service, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. That document spells out new and costly requirements for local meat processors […] Continue reading . . .

May 14th, 2010: MFBF, Montax encourage property owners to protest taxes as deadline looms

The deadline to pay the second half of 2009 property taxes is looming, and many ag-land owners are trying to figure out if they should protest their Class 3 taxes. A Class Action Lawsuit filed by Montana Farm Bureau Federation, Lucas Ranch, and Montana Taxpayers Association against the Montana Department of Revenue (DOR) regarding improperly […] Continue reading . . .
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