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July 22nd, 2015: MFBF asks for Congressional votes in favor of Federal Water Protection Act

The Montana Farm Bureau is urging its elected officials to vote for S. 1140, the Federal Water Quality Protection Act. The state’s largest agricultural organization remains committed to working for legislation that will require an honest and transparent rulemaking to define “Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS).” “We support passing the Federal Water Quality Protection Act […] Continue reading . . .

July 22nd, 2015: Beating Mother Nature: How to Produce High-Quality Hay

Producing high-quality hay is a tough task. The biggest factor – Mother Nature – is out of farmers’ hands. Due to its extended dry time requirement, controlling hay quality can be very difficult. That said, hay growers can control or mitigate many factors that go into producing a high-quality crop. It’s All About Timing “The […] Continue reading . . .

July 22nd, 2015: Commodity Conference offers discussion on issues, policy

Conversations about beef, grain, forage and forestry made up the National Commodity Conference last week in Grapevine, Texas.  Presented by the Texas and Arkansas Farm Bureaus, the event offered state Farm Bureau commodity committees the opportunity to discuss agricultural issues and surface ideas for county Farm Bureau policy development.   The meetings were attended by more […] Continue reading . . .

July 16th, 2015: Agro-Security critical for all farms and ranches

Many people involved in agriculture believe that agro-security centers around large farms and ranches with multiple buildings housing chickens and swine.  They picture workers and visitors suiting up in white plastic coveralls with hair nets and booties dipped in disinfectant. However, in many cases, agro-security is paramount to keeping your animals from contracting a contagious […] Continue reading . . .

July 14th, 2015: Farm Bureau pleased with passage of food labeling bill

The American and Montana Farm Bureaus are pleased the House Agricultural Committee has passed H.R. 1599, the Safe and Affordable Food Labeling Act.  H.R. 1599 would bar states from requiring the labeling of food with genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and would set up a new certification process at USDA for foods labeled as non-GMO. “The […] Continue reading . . .

June 30th, 2015: Farm Bureau applauds Montana lawsuit against EPA, Corps of Engineers

The Montana Farm Bureau applauds Montana’s Attorney General Tim Fox for having the state join a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (Corps) Waters of the U.S. rule. Fox joined 12 other states who contend the new definition of “Waters of the U.S.” violates provisions of the […] Continue reading . . .

June 30th, 2015: Montana Farm Bureau applauds Senate passage of Trade Promotion Authority

The Montana Farm Bureau applauds the Senate’s passage of Trade Promotion Authority today. “TPA is very important for Montana agriculture,” noted MFBF President Bob Hanson. “This sends a strong signal to foreign governments that our country is ready to work on new agreements that will open markets and break down trade barriers. This says we […] Continue reading . . .

June 22nd, 2015: Farm Bureau applauds the House passage of trade legislation

The Montana Farm Bureau, along with the American Farm Bureau, are applauding the House passage today of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). “American farmers and ranchers lead the world in food production thanks to ceaseless hard work and innovation. Expanding access to international markets continues this story of growth and prosperity,” noted American Farm Bureau President […] Continue reading . . .

June 16th, 2015: EPA’s New Water Rule Is Even Worse than Farmers Feared

By Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation The Environmental Protection Agency finally released its new “clean water” rule and actually managed to make it worse than we expected. Despite an unprecedented marketing campaign by EPA, the proposed rule was fiercely opposed by the vast majority of state and local governments, businesses and groups representing […] Continue reading . . .

June 15th, 2015: Farm Bureau Summer Conference provides news on energy, ag

“Energizing the Grassroots” is the theme of the Montana Farm Bureau Summer Conference being held in Sidney, June 9-11. Farm Bureau members traveled to the northeastern part of the state to attend advisory committee meetings,  learn more about the energy industry and tour local agricultural businesses.  The Summer Conference is a time when advisory committees […] Continue reading . . .
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