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December 29th, 2012: MFBF President, Bob Hanson, speaks out on Death Tax as Fiscal cliff nears

Montana Farm Bureau President, Bob Hanson, was interviewed by CNBC today regarding implications of Death Tax increases that will take effect if a deal can not be reached in Congress. After speaking with Montana Senator Max Baucus on December 10th, MFBF had good reason to believe that the issue was on the way to being […] Continue reading . . .

December 28th, 2012: Farm Bureau pleased with USDA final rule on brands as official I.D.

The Montana Farm Bureau Federation is pleased the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s final rule accepts hot brands as official identification for interstate movement of livestock. The rule establishes general regulations for improving the traceability of U.S. livestock. USDA received more than 1,600 comments on the proposal. In response to recommendations from Farm Bureau and cattle […] Continue reading . . .

December 21st, 2012: EPA Withdraws Order In the Face of Farmer’s Lawsuit

The Montana Farm Bureau was pleased with the news that the Environmental Protection Agency has withdrawn an order demanding that West Virginia poultry grower Lois Alt obtain a Clean Water Act discharge permit for storm water runoff from her farmyard or face up to $37,500 per day in penalties. While the action is a great […] Continue reading . . .

December 20th, 2012: MFBF members appointed to national committees

Members of Montana Farm Bureau Federation have been appointed to serve on the advisory committees of the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF). The advisory committees meet annually in Washington, D.C. to provide input for future Farm Bureau policy. Serving on the 2012 AFBF Advisory Committees are: Animal Health – Turk Stovall, Billings; alternate, Tonya Rolf-Liles, […] Continue reading . . .

December 13th, 2012: Hanson reports from Washington, D.C.

There might not be much happening in Congress in Washington, D.C., but there was a lot happening at the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) in the nation’s capital earlier this week. Montana Farm Bureau President Bob Hanson, who serves on the AFBF Board of Directors, participated on the national Policy Development Committee. Hanson was pleased […] Continue reading . . .

December 3rd, 2012: Montana Farm Bureau Federation urges immediate estate tax reform

As the December 31 deadline for tax reform looms, the Montana Farm Bureau is expressing urgency in solving the estate tax issue. The current rate, 35 percent with a $5 million exemption, will revert to 55 percent and a $1 million exemption at midnight on Dec. 31, which will strike a real blow to farm […] Continue reading . . .

December 3rd, 2012: MSU, MFBF look forward to continued partnership

The Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) is looking forward to continuing its work with Montana State University in 2013. Following a meeting with Montana State University President Waded Cruzado, MFBF Executive Vice President Jake Cummins noted that the state’s largest agricultural organization plans to continue its support of the university’s agricultural programs. “The Montana Farm […] Continue reading . . .

November 19th, 2012: The Holidays are Here and the Duck is Lame

By Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation Its official, the holidays are upon us. We narrowly escaped the rapid fire of election ads and weren’t even finished with the Thanksgiving meal before being fa-la-la-la-la’d with luxury cars wrapped in bows and soft drink-swigging polar bears. As the commercials indicate, December is a time for […] Continue reading . . .

November 19th, 2012: Montana Farm Bureau holds elections at convention

BILLINGS—Bob Hanson, a rancher from White Sulphur Springs, has been re-elected president of the Montana Farm Bureau Federation. Bruce Wright, a farmer from Bozeman, was re-elected as vice president of the state’s largest agricultural organization. Harris Wheat, a cattle rancher from Dillon, was re-elected as District 2 Director; Ronda Johnston, a rancher from Melville, was […] Continue reading . . .

November 15th, 2012: Milburn receives Distinguished Service Award

BILLINGS – Mike Milburn, a Montana legislator and rancher from Cascade, received the Distinguished Service Award from the Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) during the MFBF Awards Banquet Nov. 13 at the Billing Hotel and Convention Center. Milburn served eight years in the Montana Legislature, serving as Speaker of the House for the past two […] Continue reading . . .
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