Focus on Ag

Focus on Agriculture is a weekly feature produced by the American Farm Bureau Federation focusing on various topics impacting Montana agriculture and farmers across the country.

Focus on Ag Updates

November 4th, 2010: A Tale of Two Farmers

There’s one American farmer who farms large acreages of soybeans, sugar beets, wheat, barley and corn over several areas.  He grows potatoes for a large national agribusiness company. He uses biotechnology for some of his crops. He is responsible for many of the business decisions for the operation, including which varieties to plant, when to […] Continue reading . . .

October 20th, 2010: October 2010 Wheat Market Outlook

From the American Farm Bureau Department of Economic Analysis The wheat market has settled down some following the excitement of July and August. Nearby (October) wheat futures fell sharply at the end of last month as more widespread rainfall in key Russian production regions improved prospects for next year’s crop. Wheat futures got back on […] Continue reading . . .

March 3rd, 2007: Property and the Public Trust Doctrine

The public trust doctrine is a little-known bit of legal history that is now touted as an ancient rule of law that allows governments to control property long presumed to be privately owned. Eminent domain, or a regulatory taking that destroys all property value, requires compensation to be provided to the owner. The public trust […] Continue reading . . .

February 2nd, 2007: Aware of the Dangers

By Mike Deering As spring presents itself, so does the risk of farm and ranch fatalities. A clear and present danger exists that is too often taken for granted. Farmers and ranchers are undoubtedly good at what they do, making it through treacherous weather and mercurial markets. However, along with being skilled, comes a routine […] Continue reading . . .

January 1st, 2007: A Gourmet Food Revolution

By Stewart Truelsen Is this a fast-food, trans-fatty nation or a gourmet food nation? While fast food gets more media attention and criticism for supposedly making us fatter, the trend is in the direction of gourmet foods. We include specialty foods, specially prepared foods and natural, less-processed foods in this category. At the very least […] Continue reading . . .

December 12th, 2004: Maintain the Real Tree Tradition

By Richard Keller Real American grown Christmas trees are a great example, particularly this time of year, of yet another of the many contributions that American agriculture makes to the lifestyles and family traditions of American families. The tradition of decorating a Christmas tree evolved in the mid-1800’s, when trees were cut from natural stands […] Continue reading . . .

November 1st, 2004: Milk Still does a Body Good

By Lynne Finnerty It used to be generally accepted that drinking milk was important for maintaining strong bones and overall good health. Drink your milk, parents across America would say. It’s good for you. School lunches were always accompanied by a pint-sized carton of milk, a delicious way to wash down lunch or cookies (and […] Continue reading . . .

November 1st, 2004: Get Ready for Extreme Climate Forecasts

By Stewart Truelsen The 1991 Albert Brooks movie, “Defending Your Life”, is a humorous look at what happens after you die. In the movie, Brooks is killed in a car accident and goes to Judgment City to have his life evaluated by a panel of judges. Everything in Judgment City is perfect, including the weather. […] Continue reading . . .