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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 . . .

May 29th, 2012: EPA’s Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasure program deadlines explained

BOZEMAN – Montana State University Extension has been fielding numerous questions about confusion over deadlines required by the Environmental Protection Agency’s program for Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasure (SPCC). Seeking to prevent oil spills in the waters of the United States and adjoining shorelines, the program calls for farms and other facilities to have an […] Continue reading . . .

May 29th, 2012: Montana Farm Bureau Summer Conference slated for Fairmont Hot Springs

“Legacy of the Land” is the theme of the Montana Farm Bureau Federation Summer Conference planned June 12-14 at Fairmont Hot Springs in western Montana. The Montana Farm Bureau Federation Summer Conference is the time when members from 11 advisory committees come together to discuss issues and work on policy ideas. The advisory committees, ranging […] Continue reading . . .

May 29th, 2012: Reply brief filed on behalf of Montana Farm Bureau in tax reappraisal case

The Montana Farm Bureau Federation has filed with the Montana Supreme Court appealing the denial of class certification in the Lucas et al v. Montana Department of Revenue case. In the original case, a Class Action Lawsuit was filed by Montana Farm Bureau Federation, Lucas Ranch, and Montana Taxpayers Association against the Montana Department of […] Continue reading . . .

May 25th, 2012: I-166 Supporters Misinformed

By Jake Cummins, Executive Vice President, Montana Farm Bureau Federation I was interviewed on I-166 for the May 24th evening news on KBZK TV Bozeman by Christina Lysacek. Whether intentional or not, the story that ran distorted the facts and misinformed viewers. In her interview with me, Ms. Lysacek began by asking me why the […] Continue reading . . .

May 24th, 2012: Farmers: Protect Your Skin on ‘Don’t Fry Day’ and Every Day

Shirley Rolf noticed a spot above her eyebrow in 1996. “It was just after my father died of esophagus cancer. I found the spot above my eyebrow, and my mother urged me to go to the doctor,” says Rolf. The Miles City rancher grew up on a ranch, riding horses and doing ranch work, always […] Continue reading . . .
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