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November 14th, 2013: Cost of Classic Thanksgiving Dinner down in 2013

The American Farm Bureau Federation’s 28th annual informal price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10 is $49.04, a 44-cent price decrease from last year’s average of $49.48. “The cost of this year’s meal, at less than $5 per serving, remains […] Continue reading . . .

November 14th, 2013: Vida farmer receives Montana Farm Bureau Distinguished Service Award

BILLINGS—Melvin Johnson, a dryland farmer from Vida, was presented with the Montana Farm Bureau Distinguished Service Award during the MFBF Annual Convention Awards Banquet Nov. 12. Johnson, 92, was instrumental in founding McCone County Farm Bureau in 1956. He served as president for six years and has always been an active member/supporter of Farm Bureau. […] Continue reading . . .

November 10th, 2013: Carter and Melstone Youths Win Speech Contest

BILLINGS–Jack Jennaway, a senior from Melstone High School, won the Montana Farm Bureau Foundation Youth Speech Contest – Senior Division – during the Montana Farm Bureau Convention in Billings Nov. 10 This was the third year Jennaway bested other competitors to win $400 for first place. The topic was “What more can be done to […] Continue reading . . .

October 30th, 2013: Statement Regarding Farm Bill Conference

by Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation “The American Farm Bureau Federation is very pleased that formal conference committee talks on the farm bill have begun today, which has renewed our optimism that we truly are nearing the end of a three-plus year trek.  With the legislation and process back in the hands of […] Continue reading . . .

October 25th, 2013: MFBF pushes for strong and affordable crop insurance for members

MFBF President Bob Hanson and MFBF Vice President of Government Relations John Youngberg participated in a round table discussion on the farm bill with Senator Max Baucus Oct. 23 in Fort Benton. Hanson said Farm Bureau would specifically supports an emphasis on a strong and affordable crop insurance; reauthorization and mandatory funding of the livestock […] Continue reading . . .

October 15th, 2013: Progress on Farm Bill Negotiations a Commendable Step

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 15, 2013—Congressional leaders’ moving forward on negotiations to resolve differences between the Senate and House versions of the 2013 farm bill is a commendable step but much more remains to be done, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. Overall, both the Senate and House bills provide an adequate food and farm […] Continue reading . . .

October 7th, 2013: Shoppers Find Higher Prices for Poultry and Dairy Products; Prices slightly lower in MT

Shoppers are paying slightly more for food items at the grocery store compared to the first half of 2013. Higher retail prices for meat items such as boneless chicken breasts and dairy products, among other foods, resulted in a slight increase in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s latest Semi-Annual Marketbasket Survey. The informal survey shows […] Continue reading . . .

October 4th, 2013: Farm Bill Expiration

Statement by Bob Stallman, President American Farm Bureau Federation Re: Farm Bill Expiration October 1, 2013 “Farmers and ranchers, along with 90 percent of the country, are frustrated with Congress.  Aside from shutting down the government, the one-year farm bill extension Congress granted last session also expired at midnight, while the new farm bill has […] Continue reading . . .

September 30th, 2013: Chipotle, at it Again

By Blake Hurst, Blake Hurst is a farmer and president of the Missouri Farm Bureau. Fast-casual restaurant chain Chipotle is at it again, posting a new Web ad contrasting the dangers of industrial farming with the moral beacon that is Chipotle. It showcases beautiful video, haunting music, a barren landscape scarred by industrial farming and a […] Continue reading . . .

September 30th, 2013: Win great money in the MFB Foundation Youth Speech Contest

The Montana Farm Bureau Foundation will hold its 11th Annual Youth Speech Contest at 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 10 in conjunction with the Montana Farm Bureau Federation Annual Convention at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center. This year’s theme: “What more can be done to protect agricultural production and profitability from natural disasters?  Massive hail […] Continue reading . . .
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