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April 18th, 2014: Every day is Earth Day for farmers and ranchers

April 22 marks the 44th anniversary of Earth Day, begun in 1970 and thought of as the day the modern environmental movement started. Even though the general public thinks about Earth Day as a time for rallies in the park, trash pickup and an uptick in recycling efforts, farmers and ranchers spend more time out […] Continue reading . . .

April 10th, 2014: Farm Bureau Calls for Tax Changes

Farmers and ranchers need tax certainty to thrive in a modern economy, and making permanent deductions that expired in 2013 is a good first step, the American Farm Bureau Federation told the House Ways and Means Committee. “One of the major goals of tax reform should be to provide stable, predictable rules for businesses so […] Continue reading . . .

April 4th, 2014: Bacon and egg prices increase

Higher retail prices for several food items used to prepare breakfast, including bacon, eggs and bread, among other foods, resulted in a slight increase in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s latest Semi-Annual Marketbasket Survey. The informal survey shows the total cost of 16 food items that can be used to prepare one or more meals […] Continue reading . . .

April 2nd, 2014: Statement: Regarding EPA’s Proposed “waters” Rule

Statement by Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation Regarding EPA’s Proposed ‘Waters’ Rule “Last week, the American Farm Bureau Federation carefully reviewed EPA’s March 25 release of the ‘waters of the U.S.’ proposed rule. The results of our review are dismaying. “The EPA proposal poses a serious threat to farmers, ranchers and other landowners. […] Continue reading . . .

March 25th, 2014: Montana Farm Bureau to closely examine EPA’s rule on water

Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) released a proposed rule to clarify protection under the Clean Water Act for streams and wetlands. The proposed rule is being lauded by the EPA as one that will “benefit businesses by increasing efficiency in determining coverage of the Clean […] Continue reading . . .

March 24th, 2014: Montana livestock groups express dismay Board of Livestock’s budget meeting

On February 19, four Montana agriculture groups—the Montana Farm Bureau Federation, Montana Stockgrowers Association, the Montana Woolgrowers and the Montana Association of Livestock Auction Markets sent a letter to the Montana Board of Livestock regarding BOL budget issues. The organizations’ comments were not addressed or considered at the recent BOL/DOL meeting. “We understand that the […] Continue reading . . .

March 20th, 2014: Celebrate food and farming during Ag Week

The Montana Farm Bureau is celebrating Ag Week, March 23-29. Ag Week is about recognizing – and celebrating – the contribution of agriculture in our everyday lives. There are many things to cheer about modern agriculture, the first being the increase in productivity over the years. In 1960, one farmer fed 25 people. Today that […] Continue reading . . .

March 7th, 2014: MFBF, MGGA talk about 2014 Farm Bill at Hobson event

The Montana Farm Bureau (MFBF) and the Montana Grain Growers Association (MGGA) held an informational session on the Agricultural Act of 2014 March 4 at the Bos Terra Auditorium in Hobson. The session was designed to provide the most up-to-date knowledge about the changes in the five-year 2014 Farm Bill. MFBF’s John Youngberg discussed the […] Continue reading . . .

March 7th, 2014: Biotechnology and Coexistence

Statement by Bob Stallman, President American Farm Bureau Federation “The American Farm Bureau Federation supports the Agriculture Department’s decision to move forward with an important recommendation about biotechnology and coexistence. That recommendation, from the final report of the Advisory Committee on Biotechnology & 21st Century Agriculture (AC21), is to foster communication and collaboration to strengthen […] Continue reading . . .

March 7th, 2014: National Women’s Leadership conference focuses on ag promotion

Lillian Ostendorf, a Powderville rancher who serves as western representative on the American Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee, recently attended the Women’s Leadership Committee Chairs/Promotion and Education Committee (P&E) Conference in Washington, D.C. She was joined by Debbie Bricker, district 3 chair of the Montana Women’s Leadership Committee (WLC) who was representing Montana at the […] Continue reading . . .
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