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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 . . .

September 5th, 2012: MFBF submits comments regarding rivers that are navigatable.

The Montana Farm Bureau Federation has provided public comment on SB 35, the proposed rule regarding rivers that are navigable for title. In the prepared comments, MFBF’s John Youngberg put forth several concerns, including the definition of the words [river] bed, footprint and low-water mark. He noted that the section on “hazards” is not necessary […] Continue reading . . .

August 29th, 2012: Agriculture Leaders Announced as Rally Emcees

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 29, 2012 – American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman and Roger Johnson, president of the National Farmers Union, have been announced as the masters of ceremony for the upcoming “Farm Bill Now” rally. The event, hosted by AFBF, NFU and a coalition of other agricultural organizations, will take place on Sept. […] Continue reading . . .

August 28th, 2012: EPA, Corps of Engineers flooding farmers with regulations

The Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers appear intent on regulating all water. As bad as what they’re trying to do is the way they’re trying to do it, through what’s known as a Guidance Document. Not that Farm Bureau wouldn’t be against this proposal if EPA and the Corps went through […] Continue reading . . .

August 27th, 2012: Farm Bill Now Coalition Unites Nation’s Farm Groups in Push for New Farm Bill

New website, planned events in Iowa, D.C., highlight effort to provide American farmers with certainty, security WASHINGTON, D.C. – Montana Farm Bureau, along with the American Farm Bureau, has joined a coalition of 39 of the nation’s foremost agricultural organizations in an effort to raise public awareness of the need for Congress to pass a […] Continue reading . . .
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