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October 4th, 2013: Farm Bill Expiration

Statement by Bob Stallman, President American Farm Bureau Federation Re: Farm Bill Expiration October 1, 2013 “Farmers and ranchers, along with 90 percent of the country, are frustrated with Congress.  Aside from shutting down the government, the one-year farm bill extension Congress granted last session also expired at midnight, while the new farm bill has […] Continue reading . . .

September 30th, 2013: Chipotle, at it Again

By Blake Hurst, Blake Hurst is a farmer and president of the Missouri Farm Bureau. Fast-casual restaurant chain Chipotle is at it again, posting a new Web ad contrasting the dangers of industrial farming with the moral beacon that is Chipotle. It showcases beautiful video, haunting music, a barren landscape scarred by industrial farming and a […] Continue reading . . .

September 30th, 2013: Win great money in the MFB Foundation Youth Speech Contest

The Montana Farm Bureau Foundation will hold its 11th Annual Youth Speech Contest at 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 10 in conjunction with the Montana Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center. This year’s theme: “What more can be done to protect agricultural production and profitability from natural disasters?  Massive hail […] Continue reading . . .

September 23rd, 2013: In Agriculture, Uncertainty is Certain

By Glen Cope, Glen Cope is a fourth-generation cattle rancher from Missouri. In 2012, he served as chairman of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmers & Ranchers Committee. Any farmer will tell you that with agriculture things don’t always go as planned. In fact, farmers often refer to farming as a gamble. We never […] Continue reading . . .

September 12th, 2013: National Farm Health and Safety Week encourages working together for safety

The National Farm Health and Safety Week Sept. 15-21 is a time to pause and think seriously about safety on your farm or ranch. This year’s theme is Working Together for Safety in Agriculture. “What is so wonderful about working in agriculture is neighbors will step in and help. If someone is ill or injured […] Continue reading . . .

September 11th, 2013: Water—Let’s Not Take it for Granted

By Cyndie Sirekis, director of news service at the American Farm Bureau Federation. It’s natural to take it for granted, but water is something no one—whether residing in a bustling city or a small rural community—can live without. Americans are the largest water users, per capita, in the world. In terms of groundwater, we use 79.6 […] Continue reading . . .

September 5th, 2013: 2013 Young Ag Leadership Conference

Register now for the Young Ag Leadership Conference (YALC), set to take place October 11-13 at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. The YALC is a collaborative effort between nine of Montana’s agricultural organizations, offering attendees a chance to discuss current ag issues, take part in various workshops, meet with industry leaders and network with fellow young […] Continue reading . . .

August 29th, 2013: Preserving Quality of Stored Grain

The weather in Montana has been unique and challenging for grain farmers. Montana Farm Bureau contacted David Weaver, PhD, associate professor, Department of Land Resources & Environmental Sciences, Montana State University to glean helpful information regarding storage and drying of harvested grain. “For many grain farmers, 2013 has been an unusual year, beginning with the […] Continue reading . . .

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 . . .
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