Every 20 years the state water plan needs to be revised, updated and voted upon by the state Legislature. Since much of agricultural production is dependent on water, the Montana Farm Bureau has been taking a serious look at what is being proposed in the 2015 state water plan. According to statute, the state water […]
The Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) is expressing strong opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grossly expanding government control of the Clean Water Act. The rules, which were released today, say normal farming, ranching and conservation activities, such as building fence, pruning shrubs and managing brush, could now all be under the jurisdiction of […] Continue reading . . .
April 22 marks the 44th anniversary of Earth Day, begun in 1970 and thought of as the day the modern environmental movement started. Even though the general public thinks about Earth Day as a time for rallies in the park, trash pickup and an uptick in recycling efforts, farmers and ranchers spend more time out […] Continue reading . . .
Farmers and ranchers need tax certainty to thrive in a modern economy, and making permanent deductions that expired in 2013 is a good first step, the American Farm Bureau Federation told the House Ways and Means Committee. “One of the major goals of tax reform should be to provide stable, predictable rules for businesses so […] Continue reading . . .
Higher retail prices for several food items used to prepare breakfast, including bacon, eggs and bread, among other foods, resulted in a slight increase in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s latest Semi-Annual Marketbasket Survey. The informal survey shows the total cost of 16 food items that can be used to prepare one or more meals […] Continue reading . . .
Statement by Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation Regarding EPA’s Proposed ‘Waters’ Rule “Last week, the American Farm Bureau Federation carefully reviewed EPA’s March 25 release of the ‘waters of the U.S.’ proposed rule. The results of our review are dismaying. “The EPA proposal poses a serious threat to farmers, ranchers and other landowners. […] Continue reading . . .
Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) released a proposed rule to clarify protection under the Clean Water Act for streams and wetlands. The proposed rule is being lauded by the EPA as one that will “benefit businesses by increasing efficiency in determining coverage of the Clean […] Continue reading . . .
On February 19, four Montana agriculture groups—the Montana Farm Bureau Federation, Montana Stockgrowers Association, the Montana Woolgrowers and the Montana Association of Livestock Auction Markets sent a letter to the Montana Board of Livestock regarding BOL budget issues. The organizations’ comments were not addressed or considered at the recent BOL/DOL meeting. “We understand that the […] Continue reading . . .
The Montana Farm Bureau is celebrating Ag Week, March 23-29. Ag Week is about recognizing – and celebrating – the contribution of agriculture in our everyday lives. There are many things to cheer about modern agriculture, the first being the increase in productivity over the years. In 1960, one farmer fed 25 people. Today that […] Continue reading . . .