(BOZEMAN, Montana, August 15, 2017) – Acting Montana USDA Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Amy Webbink announced today that Montana will participate in a recently announced effort to mentor new and beginning farmers and ranchers, veterans, women, socially disadvantaged Americans, and others to enable them to better succeed in agri-business. Today’s announcement is part of a partnership announced in August by Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, which established a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors.

“Beginning farmers want help in developing business plans,” said Webbink. “They need to obtain financing and work with long-term farmers who can help them succeed. This partnership with SCORE will help give them the tools they need.”

American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), The Canadian Federation of Agriculture (CFA) and Mexico’s Consejo Nacional Agropecuario (CNA) today sent a joint letter to Canadian, United States and Mexican government officials reiterating their calls that NAFTA re-negotiations should aim to modernize the agreement, rather than dismantle it.

The AFBF, CFA, and CNA agree that agriculture represents one of NAFTA's biggest success stories. Agricultural reciprocal trade between the three countries has grown exponentially since the agreement was implemented more than 20 years ago.

A commanding majority of American voters support tax reform, a nationwide poll shows, while most voters also support tax changes that would benefit America’s farm and ranch families.

The survey conducted by Morning Consult found that seven out of 10 voters agreed passing tax reform legislation should be a priority for Congress. More than half of voters polled also expressed support for specific tax reform provisions that would benefit farmers and ranchers, such as:

On August 4, 2017, the Western Livestock Journal, through its publisher Pete Crow, rallied to provide editorial reinforcement to the CEO of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association (NCBA) who made an embarrassing attempt in Drovers to accuse R-CALF USA of working with activist organizations to destroy the cattle industry.

"We understand why these groups are throwing such tantrums.  It's because R-CALF USA did what it said it would do:  it successfully fought for the independent U.S. cattle producer. Our successful checkoff lawsuit stopped the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) from violating the Constitution of the United States. It did so by prohibiting the USDA from taking money from independent cattle producers and giving that money to a private entity to fund its private speech without the cattle producers' permission. 

(WASHINGTON) – The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) announced the 2017 Annual Meeting and Cattle Producer’s Forum, to be held September 15th & 16th at the Big Horn Resort in Billings, Montana.

USCA will host its Annual Meeting September 15th, followed by the Forum on Saturday, September 16th. Building on the success of last year’s event, the 2017 Cattle Producer’s Forum will once again bring industry experts from Washington, D.C. and across the country to a shared stage in Billings, Montana to discuss the current state of the U.S. cattle industry. The Forum will feature panel discussions on: Bull or Bear? Trade Under the New Administration, The Next Big Thing is Already Here: How to Capitalize on a Changing Industry, and much more.  Attendees can expect to walk away from this year’s event having gained a better understanding of the forces shaping today’s industry.