Policy Development Articles




Farm Bill Will Help Farmers and Ranchers Weather the Economic Storm


A storm is brewing in farm country in the form of a dragging agricultural economy, a shaky outlook for our export markets and ag labor shortage. Farmers and ranchers are used to dealing with tough and unpredictable weather, but that doesn’t mean they don’t hope and pray for a break in the clouds.

Advocacy, Hill visits essential part of Montana Farm Bureau D.C. Fly-In


Three MFBF members who earned a trip to the nation’s capital had an opportunity to tour the Capitol and the White House, meet with Congressmen, visit with the major decision makers at USDA, and glean critical information from AFBF’s public policy team.

National commodity conference covers realm of ag issues


Trade and the farm bill topped the list of topics discussed during the Joint National Commodity Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Two Montana Farm Bureau members were selected to serve on national commodity committees: Gail Vennes, beef and Russel Steinbeisser, sugar and pulse crops.

Farm Bureau advisory committee meetings, tours round out summer conference


Issues revolving around livestock health issues, the farm bill, noxious weeds or taxes, were discussed during the organization’s summer conference June 12-14 in Fairmont Hot Springs. More than 170 members met to discuss issues and develop Farm Bureau policy for 2019.

Conference workshops cover gamut of subjects for farmers and ranchers


MFBF members discussed issues and advocacy during the Montana Farm Bureau Summer Conference June 12-14. The Issues workshops covered items such as trucking regulations, the farm bill and Farm Service programs.

Montana Farm Bureau Applauds Delay of Unlawful WOTUS Rule


Farmers and ranchers expressed relief following today’s action by the U.S. EPA and Army Corps of Engineers to delay implementation of a 2015 rule that expansively defined waters of the U.S. (WOTUS).

Four Montanans to serve on national agricultural issues committees


Four Montana Farm Bureau members have been chosen to serve on National Issue Advisory Committees for American Farm Bureau Federation. These committees play an important role in AFBF’s policy implementation and development.

President's Top Three from D.C.


President Hans McPherson was in Washington D.C. last week attending meetings. Check out the highlights from his trip.

Montana Farm Bureau elects officers during annual convention in Billings


Hans McPherson, a diversified rancher from Stevensville, was re-elected as president of the Montana Farm Bureau Federation during the organization’s annual convention Nov. 12-15 in Billings. Cyndi Johnson, a Conrad small grains farmer, was re-elected as vice president.

Tax Bills are Out, It's Time to Act!


With new tax reform plans released, it's time for farmers and ranchers to weigh in.