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September 12th, 2013: National Farm Health and Safety Week encourages working together for safety

The National Farm Health and Safety Week Sept. 15-21 is a time to pause and think seriously about safety on your farm or ranch. This year’s theme is Working Together for Safety in Agriculture. “What is so wonderful about working in agriculture is neighbors will step in and help. If someone is ill or injured […] Continue reading . . .

September 11th, 2013: Water—Let’s Not Take it for Granted

By Cyndie Sirekis, director of news service at the American Farm Bureau Federation. It’s natural to take it for granted, but water is something no one—whether residing in a bustling city or a small rural community—can live without. Americans are the largest water users, per capita, in the world. In terms of groundwater, we use 79.6 […] Continue reading . . .

September 5th, 2013: 2013 Young Ag Leadership Conference

Register now for the Young Ag Leadership Conference (YALC), set to take place October 11-13 at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. The YALC is a collaborative effort between nine of Montana’s agricultural organizations, offering attendees a chance to discuss current ag issues, take part in various workshops, meet with industry leaders and network with fellow young […] Continue reading . . .

August 29th, 2013: Preserving Quality of Stored Grain

The weather in Montana has been unique and challenging for grain farmers. Montana Farm Bureau contacted David Weaver, PhD, associate professor, Department of Land Resources & Environmental Sciences, Montana State University to glean helpful information regarding storage and drying of harvested grain. “For many grain farmers, 2013 has been an unusual year, beginning with the […] Continue reading . . .

August 26th, 2013: Powell County High School student wins national Agriculture in a Growing World Essay Contest

For the second year in a row, a Montana student has won first place in the American Farm Bureau Foundation’s Agriculture in a Growing World Essay Contest. Mekdes Lombardi, a junior at Powell County High School in Deer Lodge, captured the 2013 award for her essay titled “Fighting Hunger with Hybrid Seed Technology.” The essay […] Continue reading . . .

August 21st, 2013: USDA PREPARES TO GATHER SMALL GRAIN DATA BY COUNTY

[Helena, Montana] – From Mid-September through October, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will survey the growers of small grains.  The results of this survey will provide a look at county production of small grains (wheat, barley, oats) for Montana in 2013. “As part of the Small Grain County Agricultural Production […] Continue reading . . .

August 9th, 2013: MFBF speaks out on farm bill needs to Senator Baucus

Montana Farm Bureau President Bob Hanson has sent a letter to Montana Senator Max Baucus regarding his appointment to the Conference Committee for the 2013 Farm Bill. The legislation is very important to the state’s farmers and ranchers, which Hanson directly said in the letter. “Surety is very important as we make planting, purchasing, and […] Continue reading . . .

August 6th, 2013: Ostendorf meets with Montana delegation in Washington, D.C.

Lillian Ostendorf, who serves as Western region representative on American Farm Bureau’s National Women’s Leadership Committee, recently attended the quarterly WLC meeting in Washington, D.C. where she had the opportunity to visit with Montana’s delegation. “I was able to meet with Congressman Steve Daines about the farm bill,” said Ostendorf. “He’s hopeful they get something […] Continue reading . . .

August 1st, 2013: Montana Farm Bureau involved in Sage Grouse Habitat Advisory Council

When Governor Steve Bullock appointed people to the Greater Sage-Grouse Habitat Conservation Advisory Council, Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) wanted to be involved. The purpose of the Council was to gather information, furnish advice, and provide to the Governor recommendations on policies and actions for a state-wide strategy to preclude the need to list the […] Continue reading . . .

July 31st, 2013: Plant Biotechnology Companies Begin New Conversation about GMOs and How our Food is Grown

GMOAnswers.com responds to the toughest questions about GMOs, puts previously hard-to-find health and safety information in one place for the first time Washington, DC (July 29, 2013) – The agricultural biotechnology companies that develop genetically modified seeds — or GMOs — are coming together to launch a broad, new initiative to provide accurate information and […] Continue reading . . .
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