The Montana Farm Bureau thanks Senator Steve Daines for securing reforms to the United States Grain Standards Reauthorization Act of 2015 which was voted on today by the Senate Agriculture Committee. This act will to ensure Montana farmers are protected from disruptions in federally mandated grain inspections, like what occurred last summer at the Port of Vancouver. […]
As Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) nations meet this week in Guam to continue negotiations, agri-food producer and processor organizations from the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand remain united in their call for a modern trade agreement that includes meaningful and comprehensive market access opportunities for agriculture and agri-food. The organizations advocating for an ambitious, […] Continue reading . . .
The Montana Farm Bureau will hold its Summer Conference June 9-11 in Sidney. The theme “Energizing Our Grassroots” will highlight energy development in the Sidney area and its effect on farmers and ranchers. The Summer Conference is a time when advisory committees meet to discuss current agricultural issues and concerns and surface ideas for policy […] Continue reading . . .
By Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau These days it seems as much policy comes from the corporate boardroom as from Congress. Some corporate directors are hurriedly bowing to pressure not from their customers, but from vocal activists. The result is corporate policies that forbid farmers and ranchers from using tools to maximize production, protect […] Continue reading . . .
The Montana Farm Bureau applauds today’s 65-33 Senate approval of the motion to proceed regarding the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015. America’s farmers and ranchers exported more than $152 billion in farm goods last year alone, but that growth is at serious risk due to non-scientific standards and high tariffs around […] Continue reading . . .
Rikki Murrill has been hired to serve as Montana Farm Bureau’s South/Central Montana Regional Manager. Murrill was raised in the Great Falls/Cascade area where she was involved in 4H and FFA, raising hogs, 4-H steers and starting her own herd of commercial cattle. She graduated from Montana State University in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in […] Continue reading . . .
The Montana Farm Bureau applauds the U.S. House for passing H.R. 1732, the Regulatory Integrity Protection Act by a vote of 261 to 155. This bill would withdraw the proposed Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule which would have a negative impact on farms and ranches with no benefit to water resources. “The Montana Farm Bureau […] Continue reading . . .
The Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) and the Montana Taxpayers Association are extremely disappointed with a recent Montana Supreme Court decision. This case stems from changes the Department of Revenue made at the beginning of the last reappraisal cycle to the methodology for phasing in increases in agricultural values across the state. The Court acknowledged […] Continue reading . . .
The Montana Farm Bureau Young Farmer and Rancher (YF&R) Committee is hosting a regional agricultural tour May 8-9, 2015 in Billings. The YF&R Ag Tour, based out of the Big Horn Resort, provides a great opportunity to visit local farms, ranches and agri-businesses with plenty of time to network with fellow young farmers and ranchers. […] Continue reading . . .