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May 23rd, 2013: 2013 MFBF Legislative Session Wrap-UP

The Last Word: How Ag Fared in 2013 The 63rd Legislature proved to be one of the most interesting in the history of Montana. For the first time in memory the House of Representatives passed the general fund budget bill without a single amendment and by a unanimous vote. Meanwhile the Senate was divided into […] Continue reading . . .

May 23rd, 2013: Montana Farm Bureau Summer Conference slated for Bozeman

“Growing Members, Growing Voice” is the theme of the Montana Farm Bureau Federation Summer Conference planned for June 11-13 at the GranTree Hotel in Bozeman.  The Montana Farm Bureau Federation Summer Conference is the time when members from 11 advisory committees come together to discuss issues and work on policy ideas. The advisory committees, ranging […] Continue reading . . .

May 14th, 2013: Statement by Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation, Regarding Senate Agriculture Committee Approval of Bipartisan Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 14, 2013 – “The Senate Agriculture Committee today put the farm bill on a solid road toward success. By following a bipartisan path and approving its farm bill legislation, the committee moved the farm bill forward with provisions that work well for America’s farm and ranch families. We are especially pleased that […] Continue reading . . .

May 13th, 2013: Farm Bureau dismayed be governor’s veto of bison bills

The Montana Farm Bureau has expressed strong disappointment in Montana Governor Steve Bullock’s veto of several bills regarding wild bison.  The bills had easily passed the House and Senate, but met with the ‘veto’ stamp on the governor’s desk. “Montana Farm Bureau worked hard to protect family farms and ranches this session and agriculture’s voice […] Continue reading . . .

May 13th, 2013: One by One to 20K

The Montana Farm Bureau is kicking off their membership recruitment effort now! The goal? To hit the 20,000 member mark before–or at least during–the Summer Conference. Obviously the benefits to farmers and ranchers in signing up more voting members is giving MFBF an increased voice in Montana. However, there are other great incentives to sign […] Continue reading . . .

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 . . .
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