Less than one year after launching the Feed a Bee 50-state forage grant program, the Bayer Bee Care Program today revealed the list of 20 new organizations that have received funding for important forage initiatives around the country, bringing the total number of projects funded to more than 100. After a rigorous review and evaluation process by the Feed a Bee steering committee, 20 organizations were chosen in the latest round of review to receive awards ranging from $1,000 - $5,000. This brings the total for the program to 112 funded projects in 39 states and Washington, D.C.

In 2017, Bayer announced the Feed a Bee forage initiative, with the goal of distributing $500,000 for projects focused on establishing or restoring pollinator forage in every state by the end of 2018. Since then, 215 organizations and private individuals have applied for the grants, all with one goal in mind: providing more diverse, abundant sources of nutrition for pollinators.

Members of the Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Women’s Leadership Committee (WLC) will participate in a D.C. Fly-In during National Agriculture Week March 18-24.  The Fly-In has been coordinated so WLC members could celebrate Ag Day March 20 as well as attend advocacy and leadership training, and conduct visits to the Congressional offices. Women of all ages have been encouraged to take part in the fly-in, in hopes the event will spark interest in political involvement.

The Montana Farm Bureau has voiced strong support for the Fair Agricultural Reporting Method (FARM) Act, S. 2421. The state’s largest agricultural organization is urging its members and other livestock owners, to contact Senator Jon Tester and Senator Steve Daines and Congressman Gianforte for a ‘yea’ on a bill that provides common sense legislation that exempts agricultural producers from reporting low-concentration manure odors to the federal government.

This legislation is urgently needed due to a recent court decision that eliminated an agricultural exemption in place for ten years. The bill is narrowly tailored to exempt agricultural reporting under the Comprehensive Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) for air emissions due to the natural breakdown of manure at a farm.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 14, 2018) – The National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) applauds the introduction of a bipartisan bill (HR 5259) that would provide critical resources for farmers experiencing emotional, physical, and financial distress. The STRESS Act, led by U.S. Reps. Tom Emmer (R-MN) and Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ), would establish the Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network (FRSAN) to coordinate stress assistance programs for farmers and ranchers, including crisis hotlines, educational and outreach services, and training for farmer advocates. The program was authorized by Congress in 2008 but has never received funding.

Spokane, WA: On Tuesday, independent, domestic rancher groups R-CALF USA and the Cattle Producers of Washington (CPoW) made arguments in a pivotal hearing on their lawsuit to reinstate a section of the recently repealed Country-of-Origin Labeling law that required beef and pork imported from foreign countries to retain their origin labels all the way to the consumer. The argument for granting summary judgment took place in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington in Spokane, Wash.