(WASHINGTON) - On Friday, June 15th, United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) President Kenny Graner was invited by Congressman Kevin Cramer (R-North Dakota) to the White House for a meeting with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. President Graner joined a delegation of ranchers and farmers from North Dakota to discuss international trade issues and impacts to U.S. agriculture.The meeting was timely given recent action on international trade agreements and discussions.

Although the news on trade negotiations might sound grim, Angela Hofmann, deputy director of Farmers for Free Trade, told Montana Farm Bureau members at their summer conference in Fairmont Hot Springs that negotiations are part of the process and urged farmers and ranchers to speak up and make their voices heard about how trade tariffs impact them.

(WASHINGTON) - The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) will bring cattle producers from across the country this week to Washington, D.C. for its annual fly-in.  A main focus of the week’s legislative meetings will be in support of a bipartisan Farm Bill.

USCA applauds the leadership of Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Robers (R-KS) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) in releasing draft text for a bipartisan Farm Bill, which will be taken up by the Committee this week.

The American Farm Bureau Federation, together with a broad coalition of other farm and business groups, has filed a brief in support of 13 states—including Montana— challenging the EPA’s 2015 “Waters of the United States” rule before a federal district court in North Dakota.

The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, (also known as the farm bill) was posted today by the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee and was met with optimism by the Montana Farm Bureau.

“In these trying economic times for farmers and ranchers, it’s rewarding to see the Senate Ag Committee understands a farm bill needs have quick forward progress,” said Montana Farm Bureau President Hans McPherson. “Montana’s farmers and ranchers deserve to have the farm protection tools they need when the weather is uncooperative. They need to have support in uncertain times surrounding international trade, a mainstay for farmers and ranchers.”