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June 14th, 2016: MFBF Summer Conference shares new ideas, action plans

Impact. Influence. Innovate. Those themes resonated during the Montana Farm Bureau Summer Conference at the Heritage Inn in Great Falls June 7-9. The Summer Conference is a time when advisory committees meet to discuss current agricultural issues and concerns, and surface ideas for policy development. Members received great ideas of how to “Influence” consumers by […] Continue reading . . .

June 1st, 2016: Farm Bureau Hails Supreme Court Victory

Farmers and Ranchers May Sue to Stop Clean Water Regulation of Ordinary Farmland A unanimous Supreme Court today ruled landowners may challenge the federal government whenever the Army Corps of Engineers tries improperly to regulate land with regulations designed to protect water. Landowners have attempted many times to challenge Corps rulings known as jurisdictional determinations, […] Continue reading . . .

May 27th, 2016: EPA, Army Corps of Engineers Violate Law, Oppress Farmers in California and Elsewhere, Farm Bureau Tells Congress

The Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers have violated their own regulations and effectively invented new ones in enforcing the Clean Water Act, the American Farm Bureau Federation said today. Don Parrish, senior director of congressional relations at AFBF, told the Senate Subcommittee on Fisheries, Water and Wildlife that the Army Corps’ novel […] Continue reading . . .

May 19th, 2016: Statement Regarding National Academy Report on GMOs

“The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine have reaffirmed what thousands of other studies have found, and what farmers, scientists and educated consumers have known all along: genetically engineered crops are safe and beneficial to agriculture, human health and the environment. “The Academies also found that we do not need a label for food […] Continue reading . . .

May 18th, 2016: MFBF Summer Conference set for Great Falls

The Montana Farm Bureau Summer Conference’s theme “Impact. Innovate. Influence.” will cover a variety of subjects ranging from leadership to new technology June 7-9 at the Best Western Heritage Inn in Great Falls.  The Summer Conference is a time when advisory committees meet to discuss current agricultural issues and concerns, and surface ideas for policy […] Continue reading . . .

May 17th, 2016: Farm Bureau dismayed at Army Corps decision on shipping terminal

The Montana Farm Bureau is expressing its dismay regarding the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers denying a permit for the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal. The Gateway Pacific Terminal, the proposed dry bulk export facility located at Cherry Point in northwest Washington, would have served as a multi -commodity transload station from trains to vessels heading […] Continue reading . . .

May 11th, 2016: Consumer attitudes on animal agriculture examined during ag summit

The Animal Agriculture Alliance’s 2016 Stakeholders Summit, themed “Securing Animal Agriculture’s Future: Action, Please!” focused on securing a bright future for animal agriculture by finding solutions to the challenges facing the industry today. The event, held May 5-6 in Arlington, VA, featured speakers and panelists leading discussions. Montana Farm Bureau Government Affairs Director Nicole Rolf […] Continue reading . . .

May 11th, 2016: Farm Bureau opens Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge

The American Farm Bureau Federation has opened online applications for its third Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge. Entrepreneurs will compete for $145,000 in startup funds. The competition provides an opportunity for individuals to showcase ideas and business innovations that benefit rural regions of the United States. It is the first national rural business competition focused exclusively on […] Continue reading . . .

May 9th, 2016: MFBF members attend leadership conference in D.C.

Leaders from the Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) attended the American Farm Bureau Federation State Program Leaders Conference April 30-May 4 in Washington, D.C. The conference brought together chairs and staff of the Women’s Leadership Committee (WLC) and the Promotion & Education Committee. MFB WLC Gretchen Schubert said one workshop she found very informative was […] Continue reading . . .

May 5th, 2016: Council of Secretaries teaches basic duties, social media

The Montana Farm Bureau held a “Council of Secretaries” April 22-23 in Bozeman to help county Farm Bureau secretaries understand more about the organization and their responsibilities. Topics included working with the media, social media, tax preparation and accounting, completing Farm Bureau award forms and conducting a “fat-free” meeting. Loretta Burnham, secretary for Lewis & […] Continue reading . . .
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