Montana Farmers Union
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.
As House Republicans consider slicing up their failed 2013 farm bill and voting on its parts separately, Montana agriculture groups are saying no thanks.
The $500 billion farm bill passed Monday by the Senate won mostly soft praise from Montanans most affected by the bill's farm, conservation and food stamp programs.
GREAT FALLS — Farmers told U.S. Sen. Max Baucus on Wednesday that planned cuts to the farm bill could make the crop insurance safety net too expensive.
A new bill requiring labels on foods with genetically modified ingredients is dividing Montana farmers and consumers.
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.
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.
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.
With one in five Montana jobs tied to agriculture, the U.S. Senate’s work on the 2012 farm bill this month couldn’t be more crucial to the state’s economy, Sen. Max Baucus told lawmakers Thursday.
John Evans, a geologist from Butte with Oilfield Consultants, speaks during an oil and gas seminar put on by the Montana Farmers Union at the Billings Depot Tuesday.
Robert Lee from the Broadview area listens to speakers during an oil and gas seminar put on by Montana Farmers Union at the Billings Depot Tuesday.
To Montanans with mineral rights and land men bearing oil leases at their door, Ralph Montgomery has five cautionary words -- be careful what you sign.
Got mineral rights? The Montana Farmer’s Union will hold an oil and gas leasing class Tuesday in Billings after attracting large audiences of property owners in other communities.
On the off-chance that a central Montana farmer might be America's next Jed Clampett, the Montana Farmer's Union is holding oil and gas leasing classes next month.
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.
Montana agriculture groups are balking at proposed federal rules that could ban children from farm work.