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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 . . .

June 25th, 2014: Comment Period Opens on DSA Boundary Adjustment; Public Meeting Set for July 2

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 . . .

June 17th, 2014: National Farmland documentary to be shown in Big Timber

Sweet Grass County Farm Bureau is bringing the Farmland documentary at 7 p.m. June 24 and 25 to the Cottonwood Cinema in Big Timber. Academy Award-winning director James Moll directed this feature-length film that follows the next generation of American farmers and ranchers. The film examines the lives of farmers and ranchers in their 20s, […] Continue reading . . .

June 16th, 2014: Montana Farm Bureau focuses on issues at Summer Conference

Water was the hot topic during the 2014 Montana Farm Bureau Summer Conference in Kalispell. A variety of water issues were addressed by Montana Attorney General Tim Fox and State Senator Chas Vincent and discussed by the MFBF Water Committee. “It troubles me – and most Montanans, I suspect – when I see government do […] Continue reading . . .

June 9th, 2014: Farm Bureau dismayed at Court’s ruling on tax reappraisal case

The Montana Farm Bureau is dismayed by the recent decision of the Montana Fourteenth Judicial District Court regarding MFBF v. Department of Revenue. Farm Bureau first filed the case, along with the Montana Taxpayers’ Association and Bernie Lucas/Lucas Family in February 2010, believing Montana DOR failed to correctly calculate phase-in amounts for agricultural properties state […] Continue reading . . .

June 3rd, 2014: EPA Greenhouse Gas Plan Harmful to Economy, Agriculture

The Environmental Protection Agency’s latest greenhouse gas proposal will harm the nation’s economy, rural communities and America’s farm and ranch families if implemented, the American Farm Bureau Federation said today. The EPA’s attempt to impose a 30-percent reduction in carbon dioxide on the nation’s power plants will lead to higher energy prices. Farmers would face […] Continue reading . . .
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