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After last week’s jam-packed summary of new laws and lost legislation from the 2017 Montana Legislative session, we saw little concrete action on the remaining bills we’re following.
During a meeting with farmers and ranchers in Washington, D.C., President Donald Trump pledged today that his administration, including newly installed Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, would work to address critical challenges faced by agriculture.
We have about a dozen bills still pending in the final week of Montana’s 65th Legislative Session, but we’d say this session has been a win for Montana agriculture.
As the session winds into its final few weeks, lawmakers aren’t slowing down – we’re still wading through a few big bills that were thrown in the hopper at the last minute.
The Montana Farm Bureau leadership and members are strongly urging Governor Steve Bullock to sign SB 155 sponsored by Sen. Mike Lang (R) SD 17. SB 155 is what Farm Bureau calls the “Seed Bill.”
Late last week, a bundle of bills targeted to deal with aquatic invasive species were dropped in the hopper.
The Seed Bill will protect the private property rights of landowners by preventing a potential patchwork of regulation on a county-by-county basis. It’s important that Montana’s farmers and ranchers now reach out to Governor Bullock to tell him how much we value our right to make our own decisions about what we plant and grow in our fields.
Montana’s seed bill is a proactive measure to keep seed regulation decisions in the state’s hands so that local farmers and ranchers know exactly where to look for guidance, just like they do with fertilizer laws. Please reach out to your urban Legislators especially to share why the regulatory consistency offered in the seed bill is important to you.
Ten outstanding farm and ranch leaders have been honored by AFBF as graduates of the organization’s eighth Partners in Advocacy Leadership class. One of those leaders was Jennifer Bergin, who not only serves on the Montana Farm Bureau Board of Directors and is president of Musselshell County Farm Bureau, but is on the American Farm Bureau Promotion & Education Committee.
America’s farmers and ranchers have to make their voices heard on trade and regulatory issues.