The American Farm Bureau Federation has said that a House proposal to extend the current farm bill for one year fails to move the nation any closer to securing a comprehensive, long-term farm bill and the organization would stand in opposition. “A one-year extension offers our farm and ranch families nothing in the way of […]
The Montana Farm Bureau has expressed strong dismay that S. 3412, the Middle Class Tax Cut Act, passed yesterday in a 51-48 vote. The state’s largest agricultural organization noted that if anything, the legislation isn’t going to help, but harm, family business and especially family farms and ranches. The bill did not include any extension […] Continue reading . . .
by Maurice Hladik, author of Demystifying Food from Farm to Fork I recently read an article that waxed eloquently about the virtues of urban farming in the U.S. and Canada, using the example of someone who was growing lettuce in the saddlebags of a rusted, old bicycle leaning against a garage. True, this was the […] Continue reading . . .
Farmers and ranchers are concerned that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) proposal to restrict antibiotic use in animals is based on theory and not sound science. New hype regarding the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment (HR 965) is claiming overuse of animal antibiotics is causing increased antibiotic-resistance in humans. “There is no data […] Continue reading . . .
Retail food prices at the supermarket declined slightly during the second quarter of 2012 with protein staples – meats, cheese, milk and eggs – showing the greatest drops in price, according to the latest American Farm Bureau Federation Marketbasket Survey. The informal survey shows the total cost of 16 food items that can be used […] Continue reading . . .
Montana Farm Bureau President Bob Hanson heard Farm Bill updates, and talked trade during the American Farm Bureau Council of Presidents in Washington, D.C. July 10-12. “It was exciting we were in Washington when the House Agriculture Committee, in a 35-11 vote, approved the Farm Bill. On Tuesday, Rep. Frank Lucas, chair of the House […] Continue reading . . .
HELENA, Mont. — The Montana Department of Agriculture will hold a meeting July 18 in Helena to help launch Driftwatch, an online directory of crop locations sensitive to spray drift from neighboring fields. The idea behind Driftwatch is to help applicators and producers communicate more effectively about the location of crops that are particularly sensitive […] Continue reading . . .
The Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) is pleased the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency has approved emergency use of Montana Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) land under contract to assist livestock producers affected by the ongoing wildfires in Rosebud and Powder River Counties. “This is a good first-step to helping ranchers in those […] Continue reading . . .
The Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) is closely watching the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) new rules for the Clean Air Act that would force small emitters of greenhouse gas to obtain permits. EPA estimates the average cost to obtain a permit would be more than $23,000. This means the expense of obtaining permits would cost […] Continue reading . . .