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August 18th, 2015: 2015 County Farm Bureau Annual Meeting Schedule

From now through the end of September, county Farm Bureaus across Montana are holding annual meetings to develop resolutions for Farm Bureau policy on state and national issues affecting agriculture. Find the date, time and location of your county Farm Bureau annual meeting below. September 8 Lewis & Clark, Red Lion, Helena, 6 pm Carbon/Stillwater, […] Continue reading . . .

August 14th, 2015: Hoofin’ it for Hunger Trail Race scheduled for October in Miles City

The MFB Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee is again collaborating with USDA/ARS Fort Keogh Research Station to host the 2015 Hoofin’ it for Hunger Trail Run.  This year’s race is slated for Sunday, October 11 and will include a 5K, 10K and half marathon course to be run on Fort Keogh property just outside of […] Continue reading . . .

August 14th, 2015: Young Ag Leadership Conference – October 2-4 – Register Here

Young Ag Leadership Conference October 2-4, 2015♦ Crowne Plaza ♦ Billings, MT Once again, we are proud to present Montana’s Young Ag Leadership Conference! This is a one-of-a-kind event, packed with everything relevant to being a young[ish] person in today’s exciting, changing world of agriculture. With workshops on marketing, finance issues, cop and livestock programs, […] Continue reading . . .

July 31st, 2015: Army Corps Memos Reveal Dysfunction, Secrecy and Misconduct at EPA

A cache of internal memos that federal regulators intended to keep private reveals a culture of secrecy, falsehood and dysfunction that permeated the Waters of the U.S. rulemaking process. Yesterday, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform released more than 50 pages of documents in which the Army Corps of Engineers repeatedly rebuked EPA […] Continue reading . . .

July 29th, 2015: Want to Boost the Ag Sector? Build New Pipelines

By Elaine Kub, Elaine Kub is the author of AFBF’s recent study, “Insufficient Freight: An Assessment of U.S. Transportation Infrastructure and Its Effects on the Grain Industry,” and “Mastering the Grain Markets: How Profits Are Really Made.” Agriculture relies on affordable energy to stay competitive. The cost of crude oil and natural gas directly impacts […] Continue reading . . .

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 . . .
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