Thinking about running for office in 2018? Don’t miss Montana Farm Bureau’s Campaign School February 12-13 at the Radisson Colonial Hotel in Helena. This two-day comprehensive strategy session covers everything from selecting your campaign theme and issues to how to set up your campaign structure, how to manage money and how to win. It was developed by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) with input from political consultants and staff from both major political parties. It’s designed for candidates running for public office, their spouses, their managers, individuals interested in running for political office and prospective campaign managers

BOZEMAN, Jan. 18, 2018 – U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Montana reminds foreign persons with an interest in agricultural lands in the United States that they are required to report their holdings and any transactions to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.

(WASHINGTON) – The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) sent a letter yesterday to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) requesting clarification on faults found within the Brazilian beef audit, conducted May 15 to June 2, 2017 and just recently released to the public.

USCA strongly opposes the reopening of trade with Brazil, given the finding of blood clots, bone chips, and abscesses in beef imported from the country. These findings prove that Brazil mitigation efforts currently in place are not sufficient to keep products that carry Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) out of the country.

USCA Animal Health Committee Chairman Dwight Keller issued the following statement:

Denver, Colo. - On Friday, State Representative Kimmi Lewis and State Senator Vicki Marble introduced in Colorado's 2018 General Assembly a bill titled, "Beef Country of Origin Recognition System," also referred to as the "Beef COORS bill" by the sponsors.
 
If passed, the bill would require Colorado retailers to place a placard in the immediate vicinity of beef products, including ground beef, that informs consumers as to whether the beef was derived exclusively from animals that were born, raised, and slaughtered in the United States, or whether the beef was imported or derived from imported animals.

Thirty Montana Farm Bureau members heard American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall call on farmers and ranchers to redouble their efforts to advocate for agriculture during the American Farm Bureau Annual Convention in January 5-10 in Nashville. Duvall noted that the current administration has begun moving to undo some of the regulations that have burdened them for years.

 “We have had a seat at the table with the Trump administration,” Duvall told nearly 7,000 farmers and ranchers gathered for the organization’s annual convention in Nashville, Tennessee. “Folks, I can tell you that it has been a breath of fresh air to be able to advocate for getting things done…instead of having to constantly defend agriculture against a steady stream of challenges from our own government.”