I am Bonita Cremer and along with my husband, Matt and son, Justin operate Sweet Grass Land & Cattle a black Angus cow/calf and haying operation in Melville, located in northern Sweet Grass County. Our daughter, Chelcie Cargill, is well known to the Montana Farm Bureau family. For the past four years, I have been President of the county Farm Bureau and prior to that was our county Women’s Leadership Chair. This is my third year chairing the Health & Safety Committee and I also serve on the MFBF Budget Committee and PAC Board. I am currently at the halfway point in REAL Montana Class III, a natural resources education and leadership training program and am our class President.
I became interested in being on the Health & Safety Committee when I helped with my first ATV Safety and ABCs of Farm Safety presentations at our local Farm Fair. I have also been an EMT and volunteered for 16 years with the Sweet Grass County Ambulance Service, so health and safety have long been a focus of mine.
For many years, the committee has emphasized ATV safety. I felt that much of what we were talking about was already being covered by the existing work of the Women’s Leadership Committee. There really is no need to duplicate that effort. Instead, I asked our committee to take a look at the bigger picture and broaden our scope to encompass total farmer/rancher health and safety.
The Montana Farm Bureau Board of Directors approved our request for budget dollars and have committed $4150 to support our efforts in increasing awareness and educating our members in the following four areas we identified during our committee meeting:
- Impaired Driving
- Engaged Parenting
- Limiting Screen Time
- Wear Your Helmet