Boots On The Hill Articles
Fort Benton representative receives Outstanding Friend of Farm Bureau Award
Representative Josh Kassmier, HD 27, Fort Benton, received the Outstanding Friend of Farm Bureau Award during the Montana Farm Bureau Summer Conference June 7-9 in Great Falls. This award is given to the Senator and Representative who had the highest overall scores on MFBF’s legislative scorecard.
Malta senator receives Outstanding Friend of Farm Bureau Award
Senator Lang, who served as chairman of the Senate Ag Committee, gained one of the highest scores from the Montana Farm Bureau in the organization’s history.
Twin Bridges representative receives Farm Bureau Rookie of Year Award
Representative Kenneth Walsh, HD 71, Twin Bridges, received the 2021 Rookie of the Year Award from Montana Farm Bureau during the organization’s summer conference June 7-9 in Great Falls. This award is given to a freshman legislator who went above and beyond in learning the legislative process and doing his best to serve agriculture and rural Montana.
Colstrip senator receives Farm Bureau Golden Plow Award
Senator Duane Ankney, SD 20, Colstrip, received the Montana Farm Bureau Distinguished Service Golden Plow Award during the organization’s summer conference June 7-9 in Great Falls.
Great Falls senator receives Golden Plow Award from Montana Farm Bureau
Senator Brian Hoven, SD 13, Great Falls, received the Distinguished Service Golden Plow Award from the Montana Farm Bureau during the organization’s summer conference June 7-9 in Great Falls.
2021 Montana Legislative Summary
Legislators and lobbyists have packed up and headed out of Helena, but the work of the 67th Montana Legislature is not yet complete. Governor Greg Gianforte has up to ten business days to sign, veto or ignore the bills that have reached his desk to determine the full fate of the session.
Broadband proposal to help fund, activate connectivity in rural Montana
After a slight delay in legislative action due to COVID-19 concerns, the session was back in action and made progress toward the finish line this week. More than half of the bills we tracked this session have come to a conclusion in our farmers’ and ranchers’ favor, with the majority remaining on their very last leg to completion.
‘Made in Montana’ program up for additional funding to support local marketing efforts
More than half of the agriculture-related bills Montana Farm Bureau member policy supported or opposed have either became law or died so far in the session, accordingly. An ever-growing number of other bills we’ve supported are through the second chamber and are headed to the Governor’s desk for his signature.
Lawmakers consider creating account to bolster port authorities in Montana
This week of the session saw progress on some important fiscal bills. House Bill 2: the General Appropriations Act has been passed through both chambers. This is the state’s budget that funds many of the programs and agencies important to us, and the completion of this bill often signals a race to the session’s finish line.
Water users given notice for extended authorization deadline
We continue to monitor the progress of House Bills 14 and House Bill 2, which include funding for major agricultural priorities including the Montana Agricultural Experiment Stations, a new Veterinary Diagnostic Lab and a new Wool Lab for the state. House Bill 14, which covers the long-ranch building bonding program needed for these major building projects, has now passed the House and will be heard in the Senate.