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  • Montana Farm Bureau Continues To Champion Water Rights

    Montana Farm Bureau Federation, For the Courier|Jul 10, 2024

    Montana Farm Bureau has a long history of advocating for and protecting their members’ property rights including water rights. The state’s largest general agricultural organization helped craft and support HB 286 during the 2019 Legislative Session which called for the DNRC to remove the state’s name from water rights that were added without due process. The now law also created a process for State Trust Lands to follow, should they wish to exert co-ownership on post-1973 water rights. The new process ensures that water right holders are notif...

  • MFBF Submits Comments On Proposed Sage Grouse Management Plans

    Montana Farm Bureau Federation, For the Courier|Jun 19, 2024

    The Montana Farm Bureau has submitted comments to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) regarding changes that could reduce or eliminate grazing on BLM lands. Montana Farm Bureau supports the current management plan that is based on the Draft Sage Grouse Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement. Montana developed the successful Montana Sage Grouse Habitat Conservation Program which was created by the Montana Legislature’s passage of the Greater Sage Grouse Stewardship Act in 2015 taking an “all hands, all lands” approach. Montana’s Sage...

  • Farm Bureau Urges Federal Agency To Rethink Removing Ag From Refuges

    Montana Farm Bureau Federation, For the Courier|May 29, 2024

    Montana Farm Bureau has expressed strong concern at the proposal by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to remove agriculture from Refuge lands. In a letter to the federal agency, the state’s largest general agricultural organization pointed out that hard-working, family businesses raise food and fiber on a combination of private, federal and state land and some of those families have cooperative agreements on wildlife Refuge lands. MFBF President Cyndi Johnson explained that with 22 wildlife refuges in Montana, such as the C.M. Russell W...

  • Celebrate Farmers And Ranchers During National Ag Week

    Montana Farm Bureau Federation, For the Courier|Mar 20, 2024

    Consumers, farmers and ranchers have plenty to celebrate during Ag Week, held this year March 17-23. Ag Day was March 19 with the theme, “Agriculture. Growing a Climate for Tomorrow.” America’s farmers and ranchers are proud to grow the safe and sustainable food, fiber and renewable fuel we all rely on. “Farmers have voluntarily placed millions of acres into conservation and forestry programs through the farm bill,” noted MFBF President Cyndi Johnson, a wheat farmer from Conrad. “Farmers are using less land than ever before while producing m...

  • Montana Farm Bureau Representatives Share Successes Of Recent Trade Mission To Taiwan

    Montana Farm Bureau Federation, For the Courier|Dec 6, 2023

    Six representatives of the Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) traveled to Taiwan in early November to visit with trade officials and business leaders about further opportunities for partnership with the country that ranks sixth in agricultural products trade with the United States. This trade mission was led by Governor Gianforte and included representatives from Montana’s agricultural, manufacturing, photonics, and bioscience industries. Montana Farm Bureau representatives included President Cyndi Johnson, MFBF Executive Vice President S...

  • Cost Of Thanksgiving Dinner Down Slightly From Record High In 2022

    Montana Farm Bureau Federation, For the Courier|Nov 22, 2023

    Gathering around the table for a Thanksgiving dinner won’t take as much of a toll on your pocketbook this year compared to 2022, but the meal still reflects historically high costs. The American Farm Bureau Federation’s 38th annual survey provides a snapshot of the average cost of this year’s classic holiday feast for 10, which is $61.17 or less than $6.20 per person. This is a 4.5 decrease from last year’s record-high average of $64.05, but a Thanksgiving meal is still 25 percent higher than it was in 2019, which highlights the impact high su...

  • Ag In Color Drawing Contest Open For 2023-2024

    Montana Farm Bureau Federation, For the Courier|Oct 4, 2023

    The Montana Farm Bureau Ag in Color Drawing Contest is underway for students in kindergarten through sixth grade. Teachers who participate in this contest must submit the drawings from their classroom directly to county Farm Bureau leaders. The County Farm Bureau will select local winners to proceed to the state level of the contest. Entries will be judged on agricultural content, neatness, reproducibility and originality. There will be seven total state winners, one from each grade level. Judges will choose one drawing from the winners to...

  • Time To Think About Fire PreventionAnd Fire Safety This Summer

    Montana Farm Bureau Federation, For the Courier|Aug 2, 2023

    Much of Montana has enjoyed a wet spring, and green grass has stretched well into mid-summer resulting in fat cattle and extensive haying. However, as the days grow warmer and the chance for moisture lessens, the odds of late summer fires increase whether man-made or from natural causes. For those ranchers and farmers haying, it’s important to check bales for moisture content. “This year, we may see folks putting up wet hay for the first time in a while, especially if they are running behind and want to catch up,” says Montana Ag Safety Progr...