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State Level:

Montana Farm Bureau members have two full-time lobbyists representing the interests of Montana farms and ranches at the state capitol. Several hundred bills are introduced each session and all are reviewed for potential impact to our member farmers and ranchers. In addition to the legislative session, Montana Farm Bureau lobbyists keep in close working contact with the administration and all agencies.

National Level:

Montana Farm Bureau members have their own national lobbying team in Montana as well as the entire lobbying staff housed by American Farm Bureau. Montana representatives make weekly contact with our Montana Congressional Delegation in D.C. and keep them updated to our agriculture positions.

Montana Farm Bureau volunteer leaders maintain an active presence at the state Capitol and in D.C. At several times during the legislative session, volunteer leaders testify before committees. On both levels, when there are critical issues before lawmakers, Montana Farm Bureau issues a “Call to Action” that activates our extensive grassroots network – members by calling, writing and sending e-mails to their legislators on specific bills.

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Latest Legislative Updates

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November 2nd, 2016: Government and Industry Groups Ask Court to Overturn EPA Water Rule

The American Farm Bureau Federation, along with dozens of agricultural, business and municipal entities, have asked a federal court to vacate the EPA’s and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ “Waters of the United States” rule. The brief filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit lays out in detail the substance […] Continue reading . . .

October 24th, 2016: Farm Bureau members participate in farm bill listening session

Three Montana Farm Bureau members participated in Senator Jon Tester’s Farm Bill listening tour October 17 in Billings. Tester is holding listening sessions to hear farmers’ hopes and concerns for the new Farm Bill. Montana Farm Bureau Vice President Hans McPherson, who served on the livestock panel, said one of the difficulties livestock producers have […] Continue reading . . .

July 29th, 2016: Farm Bureau applauds signing of the National Biotech Disclosure into Law

The Montana Farm Bureau is pleased that today President Obama has signed the National Biotech Disclosure bill into law. “This bill will prevent the state-by-state patchwork of laws that would have been harmful and confusing to consumers and incredibly onerous to implement,” said Montana Farm Bureau President Bob Hanson. “We recognize how important, safe and […] Continue reading . . .

March 16th, 2016: Montana Farm Bureau expresses strong disappointment on labeling bill vote

The Montana Farm Bureau expressed disappointment that the Senate failed to invoke cloture on Senate Ag Committee Chairman Pat Roberts’ voluntary national GMO labeling bill. The bill would have pre-empted a damaging patchwork of state measures and provided a uniform labeling standard. “We are very disappointed that the Senate did not get enough votes for […] Continue reading . . .

January 21st, 2016: Farm Bureau dismayed with President Obama’s Veto of Senate Resolution on Waters of the U.S.

The Montana Farm Bureau has expressed strong disappointment regarding President Obama’s veto of a Senate Resolution that would have halted the Environmental Protection Agency’s overreach on the Water of the U.S. Rule. The Environmental Protection Agency changed the definition of the water it may regulate under the Clean Water Act, unlawfully arrogating to itself the […] Continue reading . . .

December 2nd, 2015: Conversations from the Capitol…

The 2015 Legislature concluded in April, but that doesn’t mean the policy talk has ended for the next two years. Throughout the Interim, MFBF staff continues to follow many topics and participate in meetings to further our policies in state politics. Sage Grouse Plan to be Up and Running in 2016 In September 2014, Governor […] Continue reading . . .

December 2nd, 2015: Comparison of Proposed Changes to EPA’s Certification of Pesticide Applicator Rules

Click here to download a comparison of proposed changes to EPA’s Certification of Pesticide Applicator Rules. Continue reading . . .

September 15th, 2015: Environmental Quality Council Sets Roadmap for Interim Work

MFBF attended the second interim meeting of the Environment Quality Council (EQC) in Helena on September 9-10. The council, comprised of legislators and a slate of private citizens appointed by the Governor, met to finish outlining their program of work for the interim. A topic that saw a lot of discussion was Sage Grouse conservation […] Continue reading . . .

June 30th, 2015: Montana Farm Bureau applauds Senate passage of Trade Promotion Authority

The Montana Farm Bureau applauds the Senate’s passage of Trade Promotion Authority today. “TPA is very important for Montana agriculture,” noted MFBF President Bob Hanson. “This sends a strong signal to foreign governments that our country is ready to work on new agreements that will open markets and break down trade barriers. This says we […] Continue reading . . .

April 10th, 2015: Farm Bureau applauds restoration of Department of Livestock funding in bill

The Montana Farm Bureau applauds the Senate’s passage of HB 2, the General Appropriations Act, by the Montana House of Representatives.  Of interest to Montana Farm Bureau and other agricultural groups was the funding for the Department of Livestock, namely for the State Animal Diagnostic Lab in Bozeman and for the Designated Surveillance Area (DSA) […] Continue reading . . .
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