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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 . . .

July 31st, 2013: Let’s Play Ball

By Tracy Grondine, director of media relations for the American Farm Bureau Federation. It’s that time of year again. We are in the full swing of summer, which means backyard barbeques, baseball games and beach holidays. It also means congressional August recess. While taking time to visit your congressional member may not be as enjoyable […] Continue reading . . .

July 22nd, 2013: USDA EXTENDS ACREAGE REPORTING DEADLINE FOR FSA TO AUG. 2, 2013

 Risk Management Deadline Remains Unchanged WASHINGTON, July 11, 2013 – USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia today announced an extension of the FSA acreage reporting deadline. Farmers and landowners have an additional 18 calendar days to submit their annual report of acreage to their local FSA county office with the deadline extended […] Continue reading . . .

July 18th, 2013: 007 in Farmland

By Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation National events this summer seem to have taken a page from a spy thriller. With accusations of government surveillance methods being used on American citizens and the media’s coverage from Hong Kong to Moscow of National Security Agency leaks, it’s easy to see why Americans would question […] Continue reading . . .

July 15th, 2013: Statement on House Passage of Farm Bill

“Although Montana Farm Bureau is disappointed in some aspects of the 2013 Farm Bill (H.R. 2642) that passed the House this afternoon, it’s good that at least we have a farm bill moving toward being signed into law.” “We have worked with Congressman Steve Daines for this entire farm bill process, and thank him and […] Continue reading . . .
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