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October 5th, 2011: DNRC studies fees for water rights on state land

Originally posted by Belgrade News Article written by By Michael Tucker, staff writer Belgrade News A state agency charged with managing public lands that fund schools is considering a plan to charge fees for using water located on or originating from those lands. But the idea has the agriculture community nervous. The Montana Department of […] Continue reading . . .

September 30th, 2011: MFBF Submits Comments on State Lands Grazing

MFBF has submitted formal comments on proposed increases in the rental rate for state grazing leases.  Among other points forwarded to the Montana Department of Natural Resources is that a study being used to promote the increases, which was commissioned by the Land Board, did not adequately account for variances in the value of state […] Continue reading . . .

September 22nd, 2011: Montana County Farm Bureaus hold annual meetings

From now through the end of September, county Farm Bureaus across Montana are holding annual meetings.  These meetings are a great opportunity to socialize with fellow Farm Bureau members and to discuss current issues in your area.  Your county Farm Bureau will also elect county leaders & vote upon resolutions for Farm Bureau policy on […] Continue reading . . .

September 19th, 2011: Red Meat Exports through July 2011

Updated slides on U.S. red meat exports through July – the most current stats available, are available by clicking the link below.  The slides and statistics are provided by the U.S. Meat Export Federation. Click here to download or view the latest red meat export statistics. Continue reading . . .

September 15th, 2011: Global Demand Drives Food Prices Higher in Third Quarter

Strong global demand, especially for pork and other protein-rich foods, was a primary driver behind higher retail prices at the supermarket during the third quarter of 2011, 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 to prepare one […] Continue reading . . .

September 13th, 2011: Montana Farm Bureau opposes increased dust regulations

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently reviewing regulations for what is called particulate matter, which is basically soot and dust. Soot is what comes from car emissions and factories and is manmade. Dust is a different story. Its particles are larger, it’s naturally occurring and there is no scientific evidence in regard to being […] Continue reading . . .

September 9th, 2011: MFBF urges leaseholders to speak out against state grazing fee increases

The Montana Farm Bureau Federation is urging its members who are upset about a proposed rule change that would cause the State Lands Grazing Fee to increase, to attend the upcoming meetings. The meetings, held by the Montana Department of Natural Resources (DNRC), take places between Sept. 12 and Sept 15. The proposed rule change […] Continue reading . . .

September 8th, 2011: Another Judicial Takings Case Reaches the Supreme Court

Originally posted on the Cato @ Liberty website by Ilya Shapiro For over a century, Montana citizens have used non-navigable streambeds along their properties for various purposes without objection from the state government. The hydroelectric energy company PPL Montana and thousands of other private parties exercised their rights over these non-navigable stretches that the state […] Continue reading . . .

September 7th, 2011: Pesticide training set for October in Eastern Montana

MSU News Service BOZEMAN — Pesticide experts will go on tour Oct. 3-7 to help Eastern Montanans renew their private pesticide applicator licenses before the end of the year. Private citizens who wish to purchase, use or supervise the use of restricted use pesticides on land they own, rent or lease need a private applicator […] Continue reading . . .

August 26th, 2011: MFBF applauds court denial of emergency injunction to stop wolf hunts

The Montana Farm Bureau applauds yesterday’s decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denying a request by activist groups for an emergency injunction to halt wolf hunts scheduled to start next week in Montana. “This shows that common sense is prevailing in our court system,” notes MFBF President Bob Hanson. “Under guidance of the […] Continue reading . . .
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