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August 15th, 2014: Contact your Congressmen during August Recess

The Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) is urging farmers, ranchers and anyone concerned about rural issues to contact their U.S. Congressmen during the August Recess/State Work Period which runs through September 7. The 113th Congress, second session, convenes Sept. 8 in Washington, D.C. “This is a great time to drop by the offices of our […] Continue reading . . .

August 11th, 2014: Powder River Carter County Member Talks ESA

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 . . .

August 7th, 2014: EPA Grabs for Dry Land

#DitchTheRule, By Don Parrish The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to expand the scope of “navigable waters” subject to Clean Water Act jurisdiction was drafted, according to the agency, to reduce uncertainty. And that it does. It’s very clear the proposed rule is designed to allow the federal government to regulate every place water flows when […] Continue reading . . .

July 31st, 2014: MFBF comments on Department of Livestock funding shortage

The Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) has expressed its concern regarding the Montana Department of Livestock budget shortfall and questionable accounting practices. However, MFBF commends the DOL for taking a step in the right direction by appointing a budget subcommittee to review and solve the budget problems. “This is a serious problem for the Department […] Continue reading . . .

July 31st, 2014: Deer Lodge student honored in national agriculture essay contest

Haden Meagher, a student at Powell County High School in Deer Lodge, has placed second in the American Farm Bureau Foundation “Agriculture in a Growing World” Essay Contest. The fact that Powell County High School students have placed in this competition for the past three years is a real tribute to the dedication of their […] Continue reading . . .

July 25th, 2014: Youngberg selected to head state’s largest agricultural organization

John Youngberg, who has served in Montana Farm Bureau’s governmental relations division for 20 years, has been hired as Executive Vice President of that organization. Having worked there since 1992, Youngberg is no stranger to MFBF. He began his career with Farm Bureau as field staff, and quickly moved on to become a lobbyist for […] Continue reading . . .

July 24th, 2014: Food Ingredient Fears Target Wheat

By Stewart Truelsen, food and agriculture freelance writer, and a regular contributor to the Focus on Agriculture series. It’s one of the most iconic scenes from America’s Heartland—combines sweeping slowly over golden fields of wheat, sun peaking from behind puffy white clouds, trucks on the edge of fields hauling wheat to silos that look like […] Continue reading . . .

July 16th, 2014: The Ag Agenda – Ditch the Rule

THE AG AGENDA  By Bob Stallman, President,  American Farm Bureau Federation Americans expect straight talk from their government. If our government says something, you ought to be able to take it to the bank, as the saying goes. The Environmental Protection Agency is not meeting that expectation. Instead of making things clear when it comes […] Continue reading . . .

July 1st, 2014: July 4th Picnic Still Costs Less Than $6 per Person

An all-American Fourth of July picnic of the nation’s favorite foods including hot dogs, cheeseburgers, pork spare ribs, potato salad, baked beans, lemonade and chocolate milk will cost slightly more this year but still comes in at less than $6 per person, says the American Farm Bureau Federation. Farm Bureau’s informal survey reveals the average […] Continue reading . . .

June 25th, 2014: Agriculture scores victory with SPCC rules revision

The Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) applauds the passage of H.R. 3080, the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 not just because it allows improvement of the nation’s waterways but because it makes positive changes to the Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Rules (SPCC). Under this legislation, farm and ranch families will benefit […] Continue reading . . .
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