Read the latest news from the Montana Farm Bureau Federation AgNews Wire:
BOZEMAN, Mont., Dec. 9, 2011–The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has set ranking dates for the On-Farm Energy, Organic, Seasonal High Tunnel and Air Quality conservation initiatives. All four initiatives offer technical and financial assistance through the agency’s Environmental Quality Incentives Program. “Producers tell us they want to apply for these initiatives, but many […] Continue reading . . .
Many Montana farmers and ranchers were pleased with recent legislation that eliminates a major hurdle for horse processing. H.R. 2112, contained in the 2012 federal appropriations bill, was signed into law by President Obama in late November. Back in 2009, a law passed prohibiting the funding of having a USDA inspector at horse processing plants. […] Continue reading . . .
BOZEMAN, Dec. 1, 2011 – Today, the Montana Farm Bureau filed an amicus brief with the Montana Supreme Court in ‘Town of Manhattan versus the Department of Natural Resources of the State of Montana (DNRC).’ The Town of Manhattan feels they can use all of the water they want for municipal reasons, taking precedent over […] Continue reading . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .