Boots On The Hill Articles
Broadband proposal to help fund, activate connectivity in rural Montana
4/23/2021 1:56:00 PM
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
4/16/2021 3:32:41 PM
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
4/9/2021 4:28:16 PM
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
4/6/2021 4:25:00 PM
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.
National Ag Week makes a splash in Helena
3/29/2021 9:52:21 AM
Montana agriculture was center stage this week at the Capitol. In the midst of challenges, frustrations and sometimes fears for the future on a national scale, it is encouraging and important to recognize the support we have in our state for Montana’s No. 1 industry.
Spending stimulus money in Montana, studying its impact on agriculture
3/22/2021 2:45:00 PM
The nearly $3 billion in funding coming to Montana through the American Rescue Plan Act is roughly equal to our state’s typical annual budget, so the legislators have a big job to do in strategically and thoughtfully distributing the money. We're offering feedback to benefit Montana's rural community and its farmers and ranchers.
Farmer, rancher representation needed on Fish and Game Commission
3/17/2021 9:40:00 AM
In the first week back in Helena after transmittal break, the bills are flying through committees in the second chamber. There were 181 bill hearings this week, which means our citizen legislature is moving quickly to accomplish the people’s business. Here’s where our focus for Montana’s farmers and ranchers’ business landed this week:
At the halfway mark, Montana agriculture is in good hands
3/10/2021 4:50:14 PM
As we review the official first half of the Montana Legislative session, it’s safe to say the session is looking good for Montana agriculture. Of the 3,357 total bill draft requests, 1,121 have been formally introduced. Montana Farm Bureau has taken a stance and lobbied for or against 60 of those, based on the policy directives of our farming and ranching members.
Protecting meat processing capacity and private property rights in Helena
2/26/2021 2:48:39 PM
Montana Legislators have heard more than 400 bills this week, which shows the staggering pace that comes on the eve of transmittal deadline. We’ll cut straight to the chase here in week eight of the Montana Legislative Session, with a focus on meat processing bills and private property rights.