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May 7th, 2013: Farm Bureau disappointed in governor’s amendatory veto on HB 2

The Montana Farm Bureau has expressed strong disappointment in the latest action by Governor Steve Bullock on House Bill 2. The governor signed HB 2, but made an unexpected amendatory veto that stripped $250,000 funding for the Montana Ag Experiment Stations (MAES) and $400,000 from the Extension Service from the state’s budget. “By this amendatory […] Continue reading . . .

May 6th, 2013: Farm Bureau urges USDA to include biotech barriers in trade talks

The Montana Farm Bureau is urging USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack to address current trade barriers to biotech trade. Recently, American Farm Bureau composed a letter asking Vilsack and Ambassador Demetrios Marantis, Acting United States Trade Representative, to bring concerns other countries might have about biotech trade to the table. “Everyone wants to modernize and improve, […] Continue reading . . .

May 1st, 2013: Agriculture fares well in 63rd Montana Legislative Session

Agriculture fared well in the 63rd Montana Legislative Session, with some wins on tax and wildlife bills, according to Montana Farm Bureau Lobbyists John Youngberg and Nicole Rolf. “All in all, I’d say some good bills were passed that will help farmers and ranchers,” noted Youngberg. “We were pleased that the wolf management bill that […] Continue reading . . .

April 24th, 2013: Livestock Farmers Feeling the Pressure

By H. Scott Hurd, DVM, Ph.D, Scott Hurd is associate professor and director of the Food Risk Modeling and Policy Laboratory at Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in Ames, Iowa, and former deputy undersecretary for food safety at the Agriculture Department. There are many pressures on livestock farmers today. Many of these pressures […] Continue reading . . .

April 24th, 2013: Montana Farm Bureau President testifies before Senate Ag Committee

Click here to read President Hanson’s testimony Click here to watch the Senate Finance Committee Hearing Montana Farm Bureau President Bob Hanson testified on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations before the Senate Finance Committee today. Hanson noted that strong leadership by U.S. government officials in the current Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations will yield positive results for […] Continue reading . . .

April 23rd, 2013: Agriculture and natural resource leadership program applicants sought

BOZEMAN – Montana State University Extension is offering a new, two-year leadership program for professionals in agriculture and natural resource industries. The Resource Education and Agriculture Leadership (REAL) Montana training will include participant classes, tours, networking opportunities, and travel. “The Montana Farm Bureau is a Platinum ($10,000) sponsor of this excellent program, and we look […] Continue reading . . .

April 23rd, 2013: Lodge Grass FFA student receives FFA jacket

Dalton Dosson, a student at Lodge Grass High School and member of the Little Bighorn FFA, has received an embroidered FFA jacket from the Big Horn County Farm Bureau. Dasson was presented with the jacket during the Joint Annual JROTC/FFA Banquet April 20 in Billings. The Big Horn County Farm Bureau  was the first county […] Continue reading . . .

April 17th, 2013: Every day is Earth Day for Farmers and Ranchers

The Montana Farm Bureau is urging the state’s residents to take a moment during Earth Day, April 22, and think about the people who work with the Earth every day – farmers and ranchers. “Many well-meaning people might be out on Earth Day, April 22, spouting all about ‘saving the planet’ but who better to […] Continue reading . . .

April 16th, 2013: Our Food is Safer than Ever

THE AG AGENDA – By Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation Summertime is almost upon us. For most Americans, the warmer weather brings picnics in the park, BBQs and grilling out with family and friends. It also brings the increased chance for foodborne illness to occur if safe food preparation and handling is not […] Continue reading . . .

April 12th, 2013: Farm Bureau farm bill proposal making way through Capitol Hill

The Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) is closely watching the latest developments with the farm bill. On Monday, the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) presented their farm bill proposal to Capitol Hill. The proposal offers a diverse mix of risk management and safety net tools to benefit a wide range of farms and it saves […] Continue reading . . .
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