Net farm incomes are in for a 27 percent drop this year, according to federal economists, though Montana agriculture groups say they may miss the worst of it.
As House Republicans consider slicing up their failed 2013 farm bill and voting on its parts separately, Montana agriculture groups are saying no thanks.
Warning of financial jeopardy without a new farm bill, Montana agricultural groups are flying to Washington to urge House Republican leaders to act by month’s end, though it may be too late.
This year Montana farmers and ranchers are battling a record drought and reeling from historic wildfires. Agriculture, our state’s top industry, needs the certainty and predictability provided by the Farm Bill.
Montana right now is facing two kinds of disasters: the drought that is changing our physical landscape, and the unwillingness of congressional leadership in the House to act responsibly and immediately on Farm Bill legislation.
The House adjourned for its five-week August break on Friday without passing a controversial farm bill, revealing a widening split between conservative farmers and Republicans opposed to subsidies.
With the largest drought in a half century chewing up farm acres, the call for federal assistance is growing.
KINTYRE FLATS -- One town or another on this northeastern Montana plain seemingly turns 100 about every other month, and for some the date seems more like a finish line than a milepost.