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November 11th, 2015: Big Timber rancher wins Young Farmer and Rancher Discussion Meet

Jennie Anderson, a Big Timber rancher, won the Montana Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher Discussion Meet and will be taking home a new Polaris Ranger Side by Side. Anderson was one of four competitors to make the final round of the Discussion Meet held Nov. 10 during the MFBF Annual Convention in Missoula. The […] Continue reading . . .

November 11th, 2015: Montana Farm Bureau holds elections at annual convention

Bob Hanson, a cattle rancher from White Sulphur Springs, has been re-elected as president of the Montana Farm Bureau Federation during Montana Farm Bureau’s 96th Annual Convention at the Hilton Garden Inn in Missoula. Hans McPherson, a diversified farmer from Stevensville, was re-elected as vice president. Re-elected to the Board of Directors were Troy Kurth, […] Continue reading . . .

November 11th, 2015: Evans receives Farm Bureau Distinguished Service Award

Dawson-Wibaux County Farm Bureau member Bernard Evans was presented with the Distinguished Service Award November 10 during the Montana Farm Bureau Annual Convention in Missoula. Evans and his late wife, Arlene, were active in both the state and county Farm Bureau for many years. Evans spent 13 years as president of the Dawson/Wibaux County Farm […] Continue reading . . .

November 10th, 2015: Gateway Terminal promises easy of shipping of grain, coal to Asia

Joe Ritzman, vice president of SSA Marine, spoke to Montana Farm Bureau members about the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal during MFBF’s Annual Convention Nov. 8-11 in Missoula. The port will provide the best way to access Asian markets for Montana coal and grain. “Currently, most of Montana grain needs to be shipped to ports in […] Continue reading . . .

November 10th, 2015: Young Farmers and Ranchers group donates $6,000 Food Bank Network

The Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Committee presented a check for $6,000 to Bill Mathews, chief development officer of the Montana Food Bank Network (MFBN) at the MFBF YF&R luncheon Monday, Nov. 9 in Missoula. The donation came from proceeds raised during YF&R/Fort Keogh Livestock and Range Research Laboratory Hoofin’ […] Continue reading . . .

November 10th, 2015: COOL regulations discussed at MFBF Annual Meeting

Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) has been a hot policy topic for the past two decades, with voluntary and mandatory labeling being debated and discussed by Farm Bureaus at both the state and national levels. In the 2002 farm bill, the issue jumped to international debate when Congress included provisions mandating COOL for all U.S. […] Continue reading . . .

November 9th, 2015: GMO Discussion Should Include More than Food

With the controversy about GMO products swirling around, members attending the Montana Farm Bureau Annual Convention had the opportunity to hear Dr. Amit Dhingra share his knowledge about the topic. Dhingra, an associate professor at Washington State University-Pullman, has a background in genomics and biotechnology, and understands the science behind the development and importance of […] Continue reading . . .

November 9th, 2015: Safety paramount on farms and ranches

Everyone in agriculture knows of someone who has been killed while operating farm machinery or operating an ATV. While a fatal accident is always tragic, it’s doubly heart-wrenching when it happens to a family member. According to Jim Larson, Montana ag safety program trainer who was conducting a safety workshop at the Montana Farm Bureau […] Continue reading . . .

November 9th, 2015: Small Landowners’ Seminar educates on success with local agriculture

Whether you want to grow garlic to sell to the wholesale market or set up a booth at your local Farmers Market, the Montana Farm Bureau Small Landowner Informational Session on Nov. 8 offered advice from local farmers involved in small acreage farming. The commodity panel consisted of Julie Pavlock- garlic; Living River Farms with […] Continue reading . . .

November 3rd, 2015: Montana Farm Bureau dismayed at water protection bill failure

The Montana Farm Bureau is extremely disappointed that the Senate failed to pass S. 1140, the Federal Water Quality Protection Act.  Particularly frustrating is that Senator Jon Tester (D-MT), voted against the cloture motion, blocking the final vote on S 1140. The bill, if passed, would have sent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) back to […] Continue reading . . .
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