With less than a week before the federal farm bill expires and nothing suggesting a new one is in the works, September 2013 is beginning to look a lot like 2012 — and 2011.
Montana farm groups are hopeful that Congress can pass a farm bill in the next five months, but time is running out.
Montana farmers who sued the Department of Revenue over the agency’s handling of the last reappraisal say they want nothing to do with the state’s latest tax plan before the Legislature.
Between now and Sept. 30, Congress will work 21 days and that has Montana Farmers Union lobbyist Chris Christiaens doubtful a farm bill can be passed.
Farm and ranch chores are part growing up for many rural children. The youth work force is more than a lifestyle; it’s an important part of family farm economics.
Federal regulators pledged Monday to take their foot off the gas in revving up new rules for fuel storage tanks and also said they weren't cracking down on farm dust.
After nearly six years, a trio of trade agreements capable of generating 250,000 U.S. jobs and boosting farm profits is almost complete, but needs a push from manufacturing and farm-state lawmakers to succeed.