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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 . . .

November 9th, 2011: Hanson, Wright re-elected as leaders of Montana Farm Bureau at convention

MISSOULA—Bob Hanson, a rancher from White Sulphur Springs, has been re-elected president of the Montana Farm Bureau Federation. Bruce Wright, a farmer from Bozeman, was re-elected as vice president of the state’s largest agricultural organization. Troy Kurth, who owns and operates TK Quarter Horses in Missoula, replaces Hans McPherson, who termed out, as District 1 […] Continue reading . . .

November 9th, 2011: Broesder wins Montana Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher Discussion Meet

MISSOULA—Seth Broesder, a farmer and rancher from Conrad, won the Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Young Farmer and Rancher Discussion Meet Nov. 7 during the 2011 Montana Farm Bureau Annual Convention at the Hilton Garden Inn in Missoula. The Discussion Meet is meant to simulate a committee meeting with ideas discussed and solutions developed. Other […] Continue reading . . .

November 7th, 2011: Melstone student wins Speech Contest in Missoula

MISSOULA–Jack Jennaway, a sophomore at Melstone Public Schools, won the Montana Farm Bureau Foundation Speech Contest, Senior Division, during the Montana Farm Bureau Annual Convention in Missoula. The Senior Division is open to youths 14-18 years old. During his speech, the 15-year-old addressed the topic, “As a future agricultural leader, where do you see yourself […] Continue reading . . .

November 7th, 2011: Conrad student wins Speech Contest in Missoula

MISSOULA—Sheridan Johnson, a seventh grade student at Utterback Middle School in Conrad, won the Montana Farm Bureau Foundation Speech Contest, Junior Division, during the Montana Farm Bureau Annual Convention in Missoula. The Junior Division is open to youths under 14 years of age. During her speech, the 12-year-old addressed the topic, “As a future agricultural […] Continue reading . . .

November 4th, 2011: Lucas v. DOR (Ag Reappraisal Tax Lawsuit) update

On October 25, 2011, the Court considering the agricultural reappraisal case, Lucas v. MDOR, denied our motion for class certification by signing an order virtually identical to the proposed order submitted by the Department. The Plaintiffs in that case are Lucas Ranch, Inc., Montana Farm Bureau Federation and Montana Taxpayers Association. In the Order, the […] Continue reading . . .
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