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April 20th, 2010: Immediate estate tax reform critical for passing on farms and ranches

The Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) is urging its members to “Put the Death Tax to Rest” in a new campaign focusing on upcoming death tax legislation. If Congress does not act beginning in 2011, the law reverts back to a $1 million exemption and top rate of 55 percent. When their parents die, the […] Continue reading . . .

March 26th, 2010: MFBF Comments on New Direction for the Bovine Brucellosis Program concept

The following comments on the“Concept Paper for a New Direction for the Bovine Brucellosis Program” were submitted by MFBF. Docket No. APHIS-2009-0006 Regulatory Analysis and Development PPD,APHIS, Station 3A-03.8, 4700 River Road Unit 118 Riverdale, MD 20737-1238 The Montana Farm Bureau Federation would like to thank you for the opportunity to comment on the “Concept […] Continue reading . . .

January 8th, 2010: Important Property Tax Information

The 2009 Property Tax reappraisal is the first reappraisal in decades that has not only updated information, but used a different formula for appraising agriculture land in Montana. This new process has brought about many changes for agriculture lands that have left our members concerned, and confused. Unfortunately, there is not one easy answer that […] Continue reading . . .

January 8th, 2010: MFBF urges Senators to consider small rural business in health care reform language

BOZEMAN — The Montana Farm Bureau sent letters to Montana Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester today urging them to truly consider issues of importance to the state’s farmers and ranchers in the health care debate. “Health insurance costs are an ongoing and significant expense for agricultural employers. Health care reform must not unduly burden […] Continue reading . . .

December 31st, 2009: MFBF looks at agricultural issues of 2009

The Montana Farm Bureau Federation worked on many issues in 2009 that directly affect farmers and ranchers. Issues ranged from national concerns, such as health care, estate tax and climate change legislation, to Montana issues, such as water rights, irrigation ditch takings, property taxes, freight rate disputes and brucellosis. For more detailed information on these […] Continue reading . . .

November 12th, 2009: Climate change legislation hot topic at Farm Bureau Convention

MISSOULA–Climate change legislation and the cap and trade issue was a primary topic of discussion during the Montana Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention Nov. 8-11 in Missoula. American Farm Bureau President Bob Stallman, who flew in from Washington, D.C., addressed the issue at the Century Club Breakfast and the General Session. “The American people are […] Continue reading . . .

October 30th, 2009: AFBF, MFBF: S. 1733 Fails Farmers and Consumers

American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) President Bob Stallman presented testimony before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on S. 1733, the Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act. Noting AFBF’s opposition to the House companion, bill H.R. 2454, Stallman said the group is similarly opposed to the Senate version. “One of the major failings […] Continue reading . . .

August 13th, 2009: MFBF expresses strong concern about current health care reform push

The Montana Farm Bureau is urging caution before rushing into the recent push for the Health Care Reform Bill. MFBF’s Executive Vice President Jake Cummins noted that while both Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester have done an exemplary job in working with a variety of issues of concern for Montana’s family farmers and ranchers, […] Continue reading . . .

July 7th, 2009: Estate tax still a problem for Montana’s ranchers

Nancy Schlepp, national affairs director for Montana Farm Bureau, recently spent time in Washington, D.C. visiting with Montana’s Congressional delegation about estate tax issues. “This is the time to start talking about the estate tax and its potentially detrimental effect on farmers and ranchers,” noted Schlepp. “I visited with the staff in Senator Baucus’, Senator […] Continue reading . . .

June 24th, 2009: American Clean Energy and Security Act poses serious threat to agriculture

Washington, D.C.—The president of the American Farm Bureau Federation has called on the House Agriculture Committee to make drastic changes to a climate change bill before it is considered by Congress, telling the committee that to do less could result “in the economic equivalent of unilateral disarmament” if the government’s optimistic assumptions don’t hold true. […] Continue reading . . .
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