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This version of the farm bill, called the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, is aptly named because the majority of funding is used to provide food for people in need.
"In these trying economic times for farmers and ranchers, it’s rewarding to see the Senate Ag Committee understands a farm bill needs have quick forward progress,” said Montana Farm Bureau President Hans McPherson.
Farmers and ranchers shipping livestock received good news from the Senate with the introduction of the Transporting Livestock Across America Safely Act, S.2938, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) updated rules.
Montana Farm Bureau was extremely disappointed that H.R. 2 failed by a 198 for and 213 against vote. The failure to pass this farm bill was a vote against the country’s hard-working farmers and ranchers.
The Montana Farm Bureau Federation is urging Congress to pass HR 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, but is asking that they resist any amendments that would hurt Montana’s farmers and ranchers.
Montana Beef Council is still working hard to keep Montana producer dollars in-state. In order to do that, they need you to complete the producer consent form. Have you signed yours yet?
Provisions for specialty crop programs, improvements on conservation and rural development programs are in this farm bill. Especially important to Montana farmers and ranchers is improvement to crop insurance and disaster assistance.
Congressman Greg Gianforte (R-MT) held a round-table discussion with seven Montana Farm Bureau members March 23. The wide range of issues discussed included trade and taxes, the farm bill, brucellosis, forestry and Wilderness Study Areas.
MFBF is applauding the U.S. Senate and House for introducing two bills that clarify air emissions from animal waste on the farm are not applicable under the CERCLA act.
Under current regulations, approximately 200,000 farms and ranches could be legally obliged to report emissions from animal agricultural operations, even though those rules were written to cover industrial emergencies, rather than routine, low-level emissions from farms and ranches.