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Priority Issues
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Priority Issues

Setting goals on state and national agriculture issues.

The members of the Montana Farm Bureau adopt state policies each year at the organization’s annual meeting held in November. Policymaking is a grassroots process that begins at the county Farm Bureau level, where resolutions are passed by farmer and rancher members and are brought to the state level for consideration.

Click here for the 2016 MFBF Policy Book.

STATE PRIORITIES

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  • Eminent Domain
    Ensure property owners’ rights are protected under eminent domain law.
  • Producer Financial Protections
    Protect agricultural producers’ ownership in the crops they produce and deliver to a contract purchaser or a warehouse. Ensure that agricultural lien searches and notification procedures protect agricultural producers.
  • Water
    Protect the rights of landowners and agricultural producers to surface water and groundwater. Oppose legislation that attempts to take any constitutionally protected rights to water.
  • Taxes
    Ensure state tax policy does not adversely impact or burden agricultural producers or the agricultural industry. Protect the current state tax provisions that limit the burden on producing food, fiber and other agricultural products for consumers.
  • Land Use Regulation
    Protect the rights of agricultural producers to engage in normally-accepted agricultural practices on their land. Oppose unnecessary regulatory authority over rural land.
  • Transportation
    Ensure vehicle, trailer and driver’s license regulations do not adversely impact or burden agricultural producers or the agricultural industry.

NATIONAL PRIORITIES

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  • Trade
    Support the passage of trade agreements that benefit production agriculture.
  • Taxes
    Support comprehensive tax reform, including the permanent repeal of the estate tax.
  • Regulatory Reform
    Support comprehensive reform of the federal regulatory process to ensure the right of agricultural producers and property owners to provide meaningful input and challenge regulatory proposals.
  • Farm Bill
    Participate in the formulation of the 2018 Farm Bill to ensure the concerns of Texas agricultural producers are addressed and an effective safety net is maintained.
  • Agricultural Technologies
    Defend against legislation that would reduce or eliminate access and/or use of approved agricultural technologies (GMO, feed additives, antibiotics, etc.).
  • Property Rights
    Seek to resolve BLM claims of ownership of private property across the state.