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December 23rd, 2015: Montana Farm Bureau members selected for national issues advisory committees

Five Montana Farm Bureau members have been selected to serve on the American Farm Bureau Issues Advisory Committees (IAC).  This is the second year for the IAC programs which have been changed from the previous commodity committees. The IAC was formed so membership would have substantial input in refining and implementing AFBF policy objectives.  From […] Continue reading . . .

December 23rd, 2015: Montana Farm Bureau dismayed by governor’s bison decision

The Montana Farm Bureau has expressed dismay with the Montana Governor Steve Bullock’s decision to allow for the presence of bison year-round in Montana on the perimeter of Yellowstone National Park (YNP). According to the decision, bison will be permitted to occupy suitable habitat in Montana outside of the park within manageable confines and subject […] Continue reading . . .

December 21st, 2015: Culbertson couple selected for national Ag committee

Patrick and Nicole Hackley of Culbertson have been selected to serve on the American Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee. The Hackleys have a diversified small grains and cattle operation in the eastern part of Montana, raising wheat, oats, barley, corn, peas, lentils and canola. In addition, they raise grass and alfalfa hay for […] Continue reading . . .

December 21st, 2015: Passage of Omnibus and Tax Bill Good for Montana

In these last few days of the year, Congress has taken on a number of important issues. We are pleased that the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (PATH) and the Omnibus Spending bill have passed. Special thanks to Congressman Zinke for voting in favor of both bills. They include items that are […] Continue reading . . .

December 17th, 2015: Farm Bureau urges quick passage of Omnibus, tax extender bills

The Montana Farm Bureau applauds the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (PATH) and urges the House to vote “yea” on the Omnibus Spending Bill. MFBF hopes Senate will also promptly pass those bills, noting that they will benefit Montana agriculture. “The tax bills that will […] Continue reading . . .

December 17th, 2015: Farm Bureau board votes to support international trade agreement

The American Farm Bureau Board of Directors has voted to support the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement, stating that it would be economically beneficial for agriculture. Montana Farm Bureau President Bob Hanson, who sits on the AFBF Board, noted that Montana agriculture would benefit, as well. “There are many positive aspects for beef producers,” said Hanson. […] Continue reading . . .

December 14th, 2015: Montana Farm Bureau comments on GAO decision about EPA breaking the law

  The Montana Farm Bureau is applauding the legal opinion released today by the U.S. Government Accountability Office that found the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) broke the law with its social media and grassroots lobbying campaign advocating for its own Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule. “It’s rewarding to see a government office has found […] Continue reading . . .

December 8th, 2015: Agricultural issues indirectly covered by some presidential candidates

The Montana Farm Bureau is closely following the “Rural Route to the White House,” U.S. presidential election coverage produced and distributed by Agri-Pulse. The American Farm Bureau is officially the exclusive sponsor of this coverage. The coverage will be focused on the agricultural perspective of the presidential election, including the candidates’ positions on key farming […] Continue reading . . .

December 7th, 2015: Montana Farm Bureau comments on COOL issue

The World Trade Organization has issued a decision by its arbitration panel to allow Canada and Mexico to retaliate against U.S. goods with $1.01 billion in tariffs. The WTO Arbitrator determined annual impairment to Canada at $780 million and Mexico at $227.758 million. Canada had sought more the $2 billion in retaliation and Mexico more […] 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 . . .
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