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January 10th, 2013: Policy sets guidelines for Farm Bureaus

Members of the Montana Farm Bureau are heading to the American Farm Bureau Convention Jan. 13-16 in Nashville. The convention promises to have plenty of workshops, top-notch speakers, an extensive trade show and networking. This is the time when voting delegates from state Farm Bureaus come together to set policy for the year. MFBF President […] Continue reading . . .

January 8th, 2013: Retail Food Prices Decline Slightly in Fourth Quarter 2012

Shoppers paid a bit less for food at the grocery store during the fourth quarter of 2012, with some popular fruits and veggies showing a decline in retail price. Lower retail prices for Russet potatoes, bagged salad and apples, among other foods, resulted in a slight decrease in the latest American Farm Bureau Federation Quarterly […] Continue reading . . .

January 8th, 2013: Statement on MT 6th Judicial Court Order in Bison Case

by Bob Hanson, Montana Farm Bureau Federation President Today, the Montana Sixth Judicial District Court issued an order on the bison case filed by the Montana Farm Bureau Federation, the Park County Stockgrowers Association and Park County. The Montana Farm Bureau Federation is extremely disappointed in the Court’s determination that the State of Montana’s release […] Continue reading . . .

January 7th, 2013: Wind-driven rain and hail spread blight through Montana’s pulse crops

By Evelyn Boswell, MSU News Service BOZEMAN — Growers generally appreciate moisture, but wind-driven rain and hail have spread blight through Montana’s lentil, chickpea and dry pea fields. To protect their $1.2 billion industry from Ascochyta blight, growers should rotate their crops with at least three years between pulse crops, get accurate diagnoses of suspected […] Continue reading . . .

January 2nd, 2013: Statement by Farm Bureau Regarding Fiscal Cliff Package And Farm Bill Extension

January 2, 2012 Although not all of the language in the “Fiscal Cliff Package” was ideal, some of the language was met with a positive response from the American and Montana Farm Bureau Federations. “The most positive aspect of this Fiscal Cliff Package was the permanent $5 million exemption level on estate tax, which had […] Continue reading . . .

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 . . .
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