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October 5th, 2012: MFBF pleased IRS defers capital gains tax in disaster areas

The Montana Farm Bureau is pleased the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is allowing farmers and ranchers who sell animals early to defer their capital gains tax. Farmers and ranchers in designated disaster areas that are forced to sell draft animals, breeding livestock or dairy animals early because of drought, flood or other weather related conditions […] Continue reading . . .

October 1st, 2012: Hoofin’ It For Hunger run taking place in Miles City, Billings

Want to get some exercise and contribute to a good cause? Plan to walk or run in Hoofin’ It For Hunger runs being held in Miles City and Billings. The events include a 5K, 10K and a one-mile fun walk/run. The Miles City Hoofin’ It For Hunger takes place at Oct. 14 at historic Fort […] Continue reading . . .

September 27th, 2012: Montana Farm Bureau takes exception to new school lunch regulations

The Montana Farm Bureau Federation is taking exception to the new school food regulations coming down from the United States Department of Agriculture and the White House. According to the USDA, which released the rules in January 2012, the ‘Healthy and Hunger Free Kids Act’ has new meal requirements that supposedly improve the health and […] Continue reading . . .

September 20th, 2012: Cap Gains Tax Precludes Farmers from Passing Torch

The American Farm Bureau Federation today urged Congress to reform the capital gains tax because of its detriment to young and beginning farmers. In a statement submitted to the House Ways and Means and Senate Finance Committees’ joint hearing on tax reform, AFBF said the cumbersome tax makes it difficult for current farmers to pass […] Continue reading . . .

September 19th, 2012: MFBF focuses on fire safety during Ag Health and Safety Week

The International Society for Agricultural Safety and Health (www.isash.org) urges everyone involved in agriculture to recognize National Farm Safety and Health Week (September 16-22) and promote awareness of safety solutions year round. This year’s theme, “Agricultural Safety and Health … A Family Affair,” focuses on the family farm. In Montana, having a family farm or […] Continue reading . . .

September 18th, 2012: Farm Groups File Friend-of-the-Court Brief in Forestry Case

Stormwater runoff from tree harvesting and other forestry activities, like most agricultural activities, should not be subject to federal Clean Water Act permitting requirements, according to a friend-of-the-court brief filed with the Supreme Court by the American Farm Bureau Federation and other farm groups. Joining AFBF, the National Pork Producers Council and the National Council […] Continue reading . . .

September 12th, 2012: Farm Bureau Members Rally for a “Farm Bill Now”

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 12, 2012 – With the expiration of the current farm bill quickly approaching, and in the midst of the worst drought in a generation, Farm Bureau members, along with farmers and ranchers from across the nation, rallied at the nation’s capitol today. American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman emceed the “Farm […] Continue reading . . .

September 12th, 2012: Register Now to Attend the Young Ag Leadership Conference

Registration is now open for the Young Ag Leadership Conference (YALC), set to take place October 5-7 at the Holiday Inn & Convention Center in Great Falls, MT. The YALC is a collaborative effort between eight of Montana’s agricultural organizations, offering attendees a chance to discuss current ag issues, take part in various workshops, meet […] Continue reading . . .

September 6th, 2012: Deer Lodge student wins national agriculture essay contest

Daniel Beck, a Powell County High School Junior, has won the national Agriculture In A Growing World Essay Contest sponsored by the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture and the Nutrients for Life Foundation. The essay centers around the book: Norm Borlaug, the Man Who Fed the World. Through this essay contest, today’s students gained […] Continue reading . . .

September 5th, 2012: Health Reform Impact on Farm and Ranch Employers

Note:  This information was compiled by the American Farm Bureau Public Policy Team to answer questions members may have about health insurance reform requirements for farmers and ranchers who are employers. Beginning in 2014, employers are required to provide affordable minimum essential coverage to their full-time workers unless they employ fewer than 50 full-time/full time […] Continue reading . . .
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