The Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) applauds Interior Secretary Sally Jewell for her announcement today that due to the diligence of a collection of stakeholders across 11 western states, sage grouse will not be listed under the Endangered Species Act. “Ranchers, farmers, natural resource providers and conservationists have all worked toward the common goal of […]
The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks (FWP) is seeking public comment on a proposal to implement ‘shoulder’ seasons for elk hunting in Montana. During the 2015 Legislative Session, Senator Doug Kary of Billings introduced SB 245. SB 245 would have created a late-season, antlerless elk hunt for hunters in Montana. Montana Farm Bureau […] Continue reading . . .
Statement from Montana Farm Bureau – on Sage Grouse Habitat Conservation Program The Montana Farm Bureau Federation commends Montana Governor Steve Bullock for signing the executive order to establish the Sage Grouse Habitat Conservation Program. The program respects the private property rights of Montanans while protecting the habit of the Greater Sage grouse. “We feel […] Continue reading . . .
By Heather Hamilton-Maude – Reprinted with permission from Tri-State Livestock News In 1988 Ronald Reagan was president. Interest rates were in the double-digits, calves were bringing $.87 per pound and the Winter Olympics were in Calgary. It was also the last time the Endangered Species Act was amended. July 29 saw the ESA move a […] Continue reading . . .
Public comment on expanding the state’s Designated Surveillance Area (DSA) for brucellosis to include a 365-square mile chunk of land between Norris and Three Forks (see attached map) opened late last week. The Montana Board of Livestock at its last meeting approved putting the proposal out for review after learning that 10 of 60 elk […] Continue reading . . .
When Governor Steve Bullock appointed people to the Greater Sage-Grouse Habitat Conservation Advisory Council, Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) wanted to be involved. The purpose of the Council was to gather information, furnish advice, and provide to the Governor recommendations on policies and actions for a state-wide strategy to preclude the need to list the […] Continue reading . . .
Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) has submitted comments regarding the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Draft Resource Management Plan (RMP) for Miles City. Many of the residents within the area of the RMP are Farm Bureau members and could be significantly affected by management of BLM property in the area. MFBF Governmental Relations Director John […] Continue reading . . .
Today, August 23, 2012, Montana Farm Bureau Federation has submitted comments to the Montana Department of Livestock on proposed year-round bison habitat. Click here to download a copy of the MFBF Comments Continue reading . . .
The Montana Farm Bureau Federation is pleased with the progress made to date on the Yellowstone Bison trial taking place in Park County. In a conference call this morning, Hertha Lund, attorney for MFBF, noted three-quarters of the testimony for the trial has been completed, with the final phase scheduled in Park County Nov. 5. […] Continue reading . . .
The state’s largest agricultural organization, the Montana Farm Bureau, says the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service may risk violating the Interagency Bison Management Plan (IBMP) if helicopter hazing of buffalo is halted. A group, the Alliance of the Wild Rockies, has […] Continue reading . . .