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May 17th, 2016: Farm Bureau dismayed at Army Corps decision on shipping terminal

The Montana Farm Bureau is expressing its dismay regarding the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers denying a permit for the proposed Gateway Pacific Terminal. The Gateway Pacific Terminal, the proposed dry bulk export facility located at Cherry Point in northwest Washington, would have served as a multi -commodity transload station from trains to vessels heading […] Continue reading . . .

May 11th, 2016: Consumer attitudes on animal agriculture examined during ag summit

The Animal Agriculture Alliance’s 2016 Stakeholders Summit, themed “Securing Animal Agriculture’s Future: Action, Please!” focused on securing a bright future for animal agriculture by finding solutions to the challenges facing the industry today. The event, held May 5-6 in Arlington, VA, featured speakers and panelists leading discussions. Montana Farm Bureau Government Affairs Director Nicole Rolf […] Continue reading . . .

May 11th, 2016: Farm Bureau opens Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge

The American Farm Bureau Federation has opened online applications for its third Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge. Entrepreneurs will compete for $145,000 in startup funds. The competition provides an opportunity for individuals to showcase ideas and business innovations that benefit rural regions of the United States. It is the first national rural business competition focused exclusively on […] Continue reading . . .

May 9th, 2016: MFBF members attend leadership conference in D.C.

Leaders from the Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) attended the American Farm Bureau Federation State Program Leaders Conference April 30-May 4 in Washington, D.C. The conference brought together chairs and staff of the Women’s Leadership Committee (WLC) and the Promotion & Education Committee. MFB WLC Gretchen Schubert said one workshop she found very informative was […] Continue reading . . .

May 5th, 2016: Council of Secretaries teaches basic duties, social media

The Montana Farm Bureau held a “Council of Secretaries” April 22-23 in Bozeman to help county Farm Bureau secretaries understand more about the organization and their responsibilities. Topics included working with the media, social media, tax preparation and accounting, completing Farm Bureau award forms and conducting a “fat-free” meeting. Loretta Burnham, secretary for Lewis & […] Continue reading . . .

April 27th, 2016: MFBF Young Farmers and Ranchers host ag tour

The Montana Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers are hosting the YF&R Ag Tour May 20-21 based at the Yogo Inn in Lewistown. The tour, which is open to all young farmers and ranchers across the state, provides an opportunity to visit a variety of agricultural enterprises and small businesses in central Montana. The tour […] Continue reading . . .

April 21st, 2016: Earth Day: Embracing Technology to Provide Food and Protect the Planet

By Charlie Arnot, CEO of The Center for Food Integrity and president of Look East, a consulting company with offices in Missouri and Iowa.   Earth Day (April 22) serves as a call to action, mobilizing individuals and organizations around the world to recognize the importance of protecting our natural resources. As the climate change debate […] Continue reading . . .

April 20th, 2016: Legislation introduced for tax savings for FFA, 4-H student projects

The Montana Farm Bureau is urging Congressional support for S. 2774, the Agriculture Student EARN Act. The Act, introduced by Senators Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), would make the first $5,000 of income earned by students completing 4-H or FFA agricultural projects tax free. Farm Bureau also supports companion legislation introduced in the […] Continue reading . . .

April 18th, 2016: Earth Day: Farmers and ranchers know the value of recycling

The celebration of Earth Day began on April 22, 1970 as a celebration worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Although many Earth Day celebrations are held by urbanites who plant trees, pick up litter and tout the virtues of “saving the Earth,” farmers and ranchers have simply been using environmentally friendly practices for many […] Continue reading . . .

April 13th, 2016: Sugar beet farmer explains benefits of biotechnology on food and the environment

Rhonda Steiger, a mom and sugar beet farmer from Bridger, provided an informative talk on GMOs April 12 at the Yellowstone Valley Electric Cooperative in Huntley.  Steiger began her talk by tackling fears versus facts. The initial fact Steiger stressed is that everything is genetically modified. “One of the first crosses in the 1700s was […] Continue reading . . .
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