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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 . . .

April 13th, 2016: Farmers Do More than Feed the World

By Katie Heger, dedicated advocate for agriculture who blogs at hegerfamilyfarms.wordpress.com and shares at Heger Farms on Facebook.  Katie and her husband farm corn, soybeans and wheat in central North Dakota. We’re probably all familiar with the phrase, “Farmers feed the world.” And, yes, farmers truly do feed the world. Some from a very small-scale farm […] Continue reading . . .

April 1st, 2016: 2016 Young Farmer & Rancher Ag Tour

2016 Young Farmer & Rancher Ag Tour May 20-21 ♦ Lewistown You are invited to bring yourself or the whole family and get away for the weekend!  The YF&R Ag Tour offers you a great opportunity to visit local farms, ranches and agri-businesses with plenty of time to meet and network with fellow YF&Rs. Tentative Tour […] Continue reading . . .

March 24th, 2016: Eggs For Your Spring Basket Up, Salad and Orange Juice Down

For the first time since spring 2014, American Farm Bureau’s Spring Picnic “market basket” survey of grocery store prices has indicated a decrease in food prices. Lower retail prices for several foods, including eggs, cheese and beef, were responsible for the decrease. The informal survey shows the total cost of 16 food items that can […] Continue reading . . .

March 23rd, 2016: BNSF Railway Trims Freight Rates

BNSF Railway, Montana’s primary freight carrier, has announced a decrease in its tariff rates for shipments of wheat in the Northern states. BNSF’s Vice-President of Ag Products, John Miller discussed the reduction of wheat rates by $100 per car with a meeting of farm group leaders in Great Falls on Wednesday. Miller indicated that this […] Continue reading . . .

March 21st, 2016: Montana Farm Bureau scholarship deadlines loom

The Montana Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee is offering two $1,000 scholarships to deserving high school students judged on scholastic achievement and goals for college courses as well as community and school activities. Applications for the WLC Scholarships must be submitted to your county Farm Bureau president by April 1. Don’t have the county president’s […] Continue reading . . .

March 16th, 2016: Montana Farm Bureau expresses strong disappointment on labeling bill vote

The Montana Farm Bureau expressed disappointment that the Senate failed to invoke cloture on Senate Ag Committee Chairman Pat Roberts’ voluntary national GMO labeling bill. The bill would have pre-empted a damaging patchwork of state measures and provided a uniform labeling standard. “We are very disappointed that the Senate did not get enough votes for […] Continue reading . . .

March 7th, 2016: Agriculture Safety Awareness Week emphasizes family safety on the farm

Keeping family safe on the farm ranch should be a top priority, according to the Montana Farm Bureau Federation. The Montana Farm Bureau urges farmers and ranchers to review their safety programs as part of the Agricultural Safety Awareness Program (ASAP) March 6-12. The theme for this year is “Caution: Safety is No Accident.” “Farming […] Continue reading . . .

March 3rd, 2016: Farm Bureau and Coalition Partners Lead the Way in Protecting Farm Data

By Mary Kay Thatcher, senior director of congressional relations at the American Farm Bureau Federation. The American Farm Bureau Federation recently launched an online survey to collect feedback from farmers about farm data. The survey, which is open to all farmers and ranchers, will help gauge progress on big data issues and give some important insight […] Continue reading . . .
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