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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 . . .

March 3rd, 2016: Montana Farm Bureau Member’s Family Ranch is Older than the State

The Nelson family had been ranching in Montana for two years by the time it became a state in 1889. “My grandfather, Marcus Nelson, arrived here from Norway in 1887 and started Half Moon Ranch,” says Art Nelson. “We’ve been in the cattle business here ever since. We’ve got 600 mother cows, and we grow […] Continue reading . . .

March 1st, 2016: Montana Farm Bureau applauds committee approval of GMO bill

The Montana Farm Bureau applauds the Senate Agriculture Committee’s approval of Chairman Pat Roberts’ labeling bill. It sets a nationwide standard for labeling food made with biotechnology ingredients, ensuring consumers and farmers aren’t forced to deal with a confusing different state labeling mandates. “Farm Bureau is very supportive of new technologies,” noted MFBF President Bob […] Continue reading . . .

February 26th, 2016: Farm Bureau members work on agricultural advocacy, issues in D.C.

Members of Montana Farm Bureau traveled to Washington, D.C. for the American Farm Bureau Issues Advisory Committee Meetings and Agricultural Advocacy Conference. The meetings, held February 22-25, centered around topics of importance to farmers and ranchers.  MFBF members were appointed to serve on five of the 15 committees. Turk Stovall, a rancher from Billings serving […] Continue reading . . .

February 24th, 2016: Farm Bureau: TPP Will Boost Farm Exports, Income

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) has released its findings about how the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will tear down trade barriers and help level the playing field for U.S. agricultural exports to 11 nations across the Pacific Rim. Ratifying TPP will boost annual net farm income in the United States by $4.4 billion, compared to […] Continue reading . . .

February 17th, 2016: Montana Farm Bureau urges ‘no action’ on bison quarantine plan

The Montana Farm Bureau is urging Montanans to oppose any changes to the National Park Service (NPS) Environmental Assessment (EA) of the Yellowstone National Park’s Bison Quarantine Plan. In January, the NPS released an EA with three proposed alternatives establishing additional quarantine facilities for park bison. Public comments on the EA had the deadline of […] Continue reading . . .

February 12th, 2016: Farm Bureau Foundation holds speech contest during FFA Convention

The Montana Farm Bureau is holding their annual Youth Speech Contest in conjunction with the Montana FFA State Convention, March 30 ‐ April 2, 2016 at Montana State University in Bozeman. The contest is open to seventh, eighth and ninth grade students. Each speech must be two and a half to four minutes in length […] Continue reading . . .

February 10th, 2016: PAL Program provides in-depth advocacy training

Why did you decide to apply for the PAL program? New York. Washington, D.C. Brazil.  Jennifer Bergin, a Young Famer & Rancher member who also serves as District 3 Director on the MFBF Board, is attending ag advocacy training in urban settings as part of the American Farm Bureau Partners in Agricultural Leadership program (PAL). […] Continue reading . . .

February 5th, 2016: Farm Bureau members impressed with AFBF Convention

The American Farm Bureau Convention with its large numbers of farmers and ranchers, thought-provoking workshops, high-energy general sessions and IDEAg Trade Show is always impressive, but especially when it’s your first time in attendance. This year, Barry and Bonnie Kinsfather from Yellowstone County Farm Bureau, along with Gil Gasper from McCone County Farm Bureau, joined […] Continue reading . . .
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