(WASHINGTON) – Today, Senators Ben Sasse (R-NE), Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Joni Ernst (R-IA),  Jon Tester (D), John Hoeven (R-ND), Tina Smith (D-MN), Pat Roberts (R-Ks), Rand Paul (R-KY), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Doug Jones (D-AL) introduced the Transporting Livestock Across America Safely Act (TLAAS).

WASHINGTON, May 22, 2018 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) encourages America’s farmers and ranchers to nominate candidates to lead, serve and represent their community on their local county committee. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will accept nominations for county committee members beginning Friday, June 15, 2018.

Producers across the country are already serving on committees where they play a critical role in the day-to-day operations of FSA, making important decisions on programs dealing with disaster and conservation, emergencies, commodity price loan support, county office employment and other agricultural issues.

The Montana Farm Bureau Federation is urging Congress to pass HR 2, the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, but is asking that they resist any amendments that would hurt Montana’s farmers and ranchers. The farm bill needs 218 votes to pass, with the vote expected by Friday morning.

BOZEMAN -- Montana State University is hosting the Honey Bee Research Site and Pollinator Garden volunteer days from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, May 18, and from 8 to 11 a.m. Friday, June 15.  The volunteer events will be held at the MSU Horticulture Farm located at 2730 West Garfield Street in Bozeman, near the Bozeman Agricultural Research and Teaching Farm, or BART.

BOZEMAN – Lynne Peterson had been employed as a school teacher in Red Lodge and Salt Lake City for more than two decades when she decided, in 2013, to pursue a master of education in educational leadership. The Montana State University program in which she enrolled enabled her to earn the degree while continuing to teach. After earning a master’s in 2015, Peterson transitioned from a 28-year teaching career to become a superintendent and high school principal in her hometown of Savage, a rural community in northeastern Montana.