Retail food prices at the supermarket declined slightly during the second quarter of 2012 with protein staples – meats, cheese, milk and eggs – showing the greatest drops in price, according to the latest American Farm Bureau Federation Marketbasket Survey. The informal survey shows the total cost of 16 food items that can be used […]
Montana Farm Bureau President Bob Hanson heard Farm Bill updates, and talked trade during the American Farm Bureau Council of Presidents in Washington, D.C. July 10-12. “It was exciting we were in Washington when the House Agriculture Committee, in a 35-11 vote, approved the Farm Bill. On Tuesday, Rep. Frank Lucas, chair of the House […] Continue reading . . .
HELENA, Mont. — The Montana Department of Agriculture will hold a meeting July 18 in Helena to help launch Driftwatch, an online directory of crop locations sensitive to spray drift from neighboring fields. The idea behind Driftwatch is to help applicators and producers communicate more effectively about the location of crops that are particularly sensitive […] Continue reading . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .