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July 26th, 2012: Is Urban Farming an Urban Myth?

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 . . .

July 24th, 2012: Animal antibiotic fears unfounded

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 . . .

July 18th, 2012: Retail Prices for Meats, Dairy and Eggs Decline Slightly

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 . . .

July 12th, 2012: MFBF President Hanson talks farm bill, trade at D.C. meeting

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 . . .

July 12th, 2012: Website Aims to Prevent Accidental Pesticide Damage

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 . . .

July 6th, 2012: MFBF praises FSA for opening CRP land; wants more to open

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 . . .

July 6th, 2012: EPA greenhouse gas rules spell doom for agriculture

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 . . .

June 26th, 2012: Farm Bureau dismayed at EPA overreach on water regulations

The Montana Farm Bureau is dismayed the Environmental Protection Agency is ignoring Congress and forging ahead to control even local water. Namely, through what is officially known as a “guidance document,” EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers are seeking to remove the word “navigable” from the Clean Water Act. That action would allow them […] Continue reading . . .

June 25th, 2012: Montana Farm Bureau applauds Senate farm bill passage

The Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) is pleased the bipartisan Agriculture Reform, Food and Jobs Act (farm bill) was approved today by the Senate, providing farmers improved risk management tools consistent with Farm Bureau’s core principles The legislation was agreed to by a vote of 64-35. “Certainly this farm bill isn’t perfect, but all-in-all it’s […] Continue reading . . .

June 18th, 2012: Timely topics and tours highlight MFBF Summer Conference

Free-range bison, weeds, taxes and genetically modified grain labeling were several of the timely topics covered at the Montana Farm Bureau Federation Summer Conference June 12-14 in Fairmont Hot Springs. The summer conference is the time when members from 11 advisory committees discuss issues and work on policy ideas. The advisory committees range from animal […] Continue reading . . .
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