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November 29th, 2011: AFBF participates in APHIS meeting on Foot and Mouth Disease

AFBF participated in an industry meeting hosted by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) on Nov. 3 and 4 to discuss Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) movement control and continuity of business. IMPACT: Much of the meeting discussion focused on vaccination options. APHIS is beginning a field safety study for a recombinant FMD […] Continue reading . . .

November 28th, 2011: MWFBMIC Annual Policyholder’s Meeting

NOTICE Annual Policyholder’s Meeting Mountain West Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company Dec. 1, 2011 – 8 a.m. Farm Bureau Center 931 Boulder Dr. Laramie, WY 82070 Continue reading . . .

November 28th, 2011: Act now to comment on Youth Labor Regs

The Department of Labor is proposing new rules dealing with Youth Labor in agriculture. The proposed rules will make it extremely difficult for young people under the age of 16 to work on farms or ranches. Below is the government site that comments should be sent to and a few talking points to use in […] Continue reading . . .

November 21st, 2011: MFBF Meets With STB Chairman

Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) vice-president Bruce Wright met with Surface Transportation Board (STB) chairman Daniel Elliott in Helena November 10 to discuss rail freight issues important to Montana grain producers. The STB is a three-member board responsible for federal regulatory authority over railroad rates and service. “Chairman Elliot has expressed a great deal of […] Continue reading . . .

November 18th, 2011: Montana Farm Bureau Federation Wins Awards of Excellence

BOZEMAN, MT- Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Executive Vice President Jake Cummins recently announced MFBF the recipient of the maximum of five Awards of Excellence from the American Farm Bureau Federation. Awards of Excellence are given to states who actively participate in quality events and programs in five different areas: Ag Education/Promotion, Leadership Development, Member […] Continue reading . . .

November 17th, 2011: Montana Supreme Courts agrees to hear Farm Bureau’s appeal on tax reappraisal decision

The Montana Supreme Court has agreed to hear Montana Farm Bureau Federation’s (MFBF) and Montana Taxpayer’s Association’s (MONTAX) appeal of the 14th Judicial District Court order that denied their motion for class certification. MFBF Executive Vice President Jake Cummins said, “I am pleased to report the Montana Supreme Court has accepted our appeal of Judge […] Continue reading . . .

November 17th, 2011: Farm Bureau pleased Regarding Passage of Withholding Tax Repeal

The Montana and American Farm Bureaus are pleased that the House has passed H.R. 674 which repeals the 3 percent withholding tax as already passed by the Senate. The resounding vote of 422-0 demonstrates that Americans have had enough of extraneous taxes. “Without passage of this important legislation, the new 3 percent withholding tax, which […] Continue reading . . .

November 16th, 2011: MontGuide Explaining Power of Attorney (POA) law now available from MSU Extension

BOZEMAN – A new MontGuide explaining the Power of Attorney (POA) law that was passed by the 2011 Montana Legislature is now available from Montana State University Extension. Co-authors of the publication are Marsha Goetting, MSU Extension family economics specialist and Edwin Eck, professor, School of Law at the University of Montana. The MontGuide is […] Continue reading . . .

November 15th, 2011: Farm Bureau appeals tax reappraisal

On November 9, 2011, Lucas Ranch, Inc., the Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) and the Montana Taxpayers Association (Montax), appealed the district court’s October 25 denial of their motion for class certification to the Montana Supreme Court. In the Court’s October 25 Order, it essentially determined that the phase-in problems faced by agricultural producers as […] Continue reading . . .

November 15th, 2011: Classic Thanksgiving Dinner Costing More in 2011

The retail cost of menu items for a classic Thanksgiving dinner including turkey, stuffing, cranberries, pumpkin pie and all the basic trimmings increased about 13 percent this year, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. AFBF’s 26th annual informal price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost […] Continue reading . . .
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