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May 21st, 2014: State Water Plan–Still Time to Comment!

Many of you may be aware that DNRC has been working to establish a State Water Plan.  They established four Basin Advisory Councils: Clark’s Fork, Upper Missouri, Lower Missouri, & Yellowstone.  Currently, DNRC and the Basin Advisory Councils (BAC) for the Lower Missouri and the Yellowstone are seeking public comment on their recommendations for the two […] Continue reading . . .

May 15th, 2014: Correcting the Fed Up Record

Note:  The following is taken from a press release issued by International Food Information Council (IFIC).  Click here to go to their site. This commentary is co-­‐authored by Marianne Smith Edge, MS, RD, LD, FADA, senior vice president for nutrition and food safety at the International Food Information Council and IFIC Foundation, and Matt Raymond, […] Continue reading . . .

May 6th, 2014: The Farm Bill: How it Works

WASHINGTON, D.C., May 6, 2014—The American Farm Bureau Federation has produced a new series of videos and launched a website (http://goo.gl/ujjnny) to help farmers, landowners and other stakeholders better understand the provisions of the 2014 farm bill. Featured content includes videos on key commodity program and crop insurance provisions of the farm bill. “We have […] Continue reading . . .

May 5th, 2014: Farm Bureau concerned about state water plan ideas

Every 20 years the state water plan needs to be revised, updated and voted upon by the state Legislature. Since much of agricultural production is dependent on water, the Montana Farm Bureau has been taking a serious look at what is being proposed in the 2015 state water plan. According to statute, the state water […] Continue reading . . .

April 21st, 2014: Farm Bureau strongly opposing new EPA proposed water rules

The Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) is expressing strong opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grossly expanding government control of the Clean Water Act. The rules, which were released today, say normal farming, ranching and conservation activities, such as building fence, pruning shrubs and managing brush, could now all be under the jurisdiction of […] Continue reading . . .

April 18th, 2014: Every day is Earth Day for farmers and ranchers

April 22 marks the 44th anniversary of Earth Day, begun in 1970 and thought of as the day the modern environmental movement started. Even though the general public thinks about Earth Day as a time for rallies in the park, trash pickup and an uptick in recycling efforts, farmers and ranchers spend more time out […] Continue reading . . .

April 10th, 2014: Farm Bureau Calls for Tax Changes

Farmers and ranchers need tax certainty to thrive in a modern economy, and making permanent deductions that expired in 2013 is a good first step, the American Farm Bureau Federation told the House Ways and Means Committee. “One of the major goals of tax reform should be to provide stable, predictable rules for businesses so […] Continue reading . . .

April 4th, 2014: Bacon and egg prices increase

Higher retail prices for several food items used to prepare breakfast, including bacon, eggs and bread, among other foods, resulted in a slight increase in the American Farm Bureau Federation’s latest Semi-Annual Marketbasket Survey. The informal survey shows the total cost of 16 food items that can be used to prepare one or more meals […] Continue reading . . .

April 2nd, 2014: Statement: Regarding EPA’s Proposed “waters” Rule

Statement by Bob Stallman, President, American Farm Bureau Federation Regarding EPA’s Proposed ‘Waters’ Rule “Last week, the American Farm Bureau Federation carefully reviewed EPA’s March 25 release of the ‘waters of the U.S.’ proposed rule. The results of our review are dismaying. “The EPA proposal poses a serious threat to farmers, ranchers and other landowners. […] Continue reading . . .

March 25th, 2014: Montana Farm Bureau to closely examine EPA’s rule on water

Today the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) released a proposed rule to clarify protection under the Clean Water Act for streams and wetlands. The proposed rule is being lauded by the EPA as one that will “benefit businesses by increasing efficiency in determining coverage of the Clean […] Continue reading . . .
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