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August 11th, 2011: Montana FSA reminds producers of Sept. 1 deadline for some NAP crops

USDA Montana Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting State Executive Director Dick Deschamps urges producers who want to purchase coverage through the Noninsurable Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) for Value-loss Crops, to do so before the sales closing date of Sept. 1, 2011. This includes Christmas trees, crustaceans, fin fish, and flowers. Honey Honey has a […] Continue reading . . .

August 5th, 2011: Senators call for resolution of bans on imports of US Beef

A bipartisan group of 39 senators, including the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, is calling of USTR Ron Kirk and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to address and resolve the ongoing problem of import bans on US beef being imposed by China and Japan. In letters to the two Obama administration officials, […] Continue reading . . .

August 2nd, 2011: Statement Regarding Debt Ceiling Bill

Statement by Bob Stallman, President American Farm Bureau Federation WASHINGTON, D.C., August 2, 2011—“The debt ceiling bill President Obama signed today will keep our nation moving forward, but even harder work lies ahead. Once a joint congressional committee is named to identify additional budget savings, the American Farm Bureau Federation will work with the House […] Continue reading . . .

August 2nd, 2011: Latest Livestock Market Update

by John Anderson and Matt Erickson, AFBF Dept. of Economic Analysis “The forecast decline in beef production between 2011 and 2012 will be, if realized, the second largest annual drop in 30 years. Last week’s inventory numbers suggest that the decline in beef production may be pushed back somewhat; higher placements in feedlots, not to […] Continue reading . . .

July 29th, 2011: Gallatin County Member Recognized for Volunteer Work

Bozeman resident and Gallatin County Farm Bureau member Edie Wright has been selected to the American Farm Bureau Foundation Volunteer Recognition Program for her work with the Gallatin Valley Farm Fair. This national recognition shows how Farm Bureau volunteers can extend a hand to non-farm communities in order to educate about agriculture. Wright has been […] Continue reading . . .

July 27th, 2011: Higher Energy Prices Hitting Farmers’ Bottom Line

Although Montana farmers and ranchers are benefiting from good commodity prices, rising costs of fuel and fertilizer remain a concern, according to the Montana Farm Bureau Federation. The state’s largest agricultural organization says although hay is plentiful and crops are growing well the costs associated with fertilizing, harvesting and irrigating are hitting the farmers bottom […] Continue reading . . .

July 26th, 2011: Proposed road rules for farmers anger some

Originally posted on the Billings Gazette website – July 25, 2011 By TOM LUTEY Of The Gazette Staff Tractors lumbering down country roads are as common as deer in rural Montana, but the federal government wants to place new driving regulations on farmers and ranchers. “It’s a huge deal for us,” said John Youngberg of […] Continue reading . . .

July 25th, 2011: Purchase Crop Hail Insurance by August 15 Deadline

HELENA, Mont. – Montana farmers and ranchers can purchase State Hail Insurance until August 15. With crops in Montana at least two weeks behind normal maturity, the deadline takes on added significance this year, according to the Montana Department of Agriculture. Storms that contain hail continue to cycle through Montana. Good soil moisture also shows […] Continue reading . . .

July 15th, 2011: Rehberg Opposes Obama’s New Anti-Agriculture Regulations

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Montana’s Congressman, Denny Rehberg, is taking the U.S. Department of Transportation to task over a proposal that would treat farmers and ranchers who drive tractors, haul trailers or operate farm vehicles on public roads like commercial truck drivers. This onerous regulation would place another unnecessary burden on Montana’s farmers, ranchers and agricultural […] Continue reading . . .

July 14th, 2011: Farmer Engagement Must Move Beyond Feeding the World

By Mace Thornton,  Deputy Director of Public Relations for the American Farm Bureau Federation Producing a bounty of U.S.-grown food to sell and share beyond our borders remains a matter of deep pride to America’s farmers and ranchers. A growing body of evidence suggests, however, that Americans who do not farm or ranch really don’t […] Continue reading . . .
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