Northern Ag Network
Northern Ag Network
Northern Broadcasting System    Northern News Network    Northern Sports Network
Search This Site...
Search This Site...

Featured Stories

Montana SB155 Would Provide for Consistent Regulation of Agricultural Seed

Montana SB155 Would Provide for Consistent Regulation of Agricultural Seed

2/9/2017 1:00:00 PM/Categories: General News, Today's Top 5, Grains, Ag Issues, State Government

 

BILLINGS MT (February 9, 2017) - Montana Ag groups seem supportive of a bill to clarify that agricultural seed will be regulated at the state level, much the same as agricultural fertilizer is currently.

 

Senator Mike Lang of Malta says his bill, SB 155 would provide consistency between Montana’s seed and fertilizer laws.   Farmers agree, pointing out that having both seeds and fertilizer regulated at the state level makes sense, and creates efficiencies for the state’s agri-businesses

 

Most important, farmers and ranchers say, is that SB 155 will protect them from a potential patchwork of local regulation, such as the kind that has recently caused much uncertainty in several western states like Oregon, Washington, California and most recently Colorado.   (CLICK HERE to read the recent Northern Ag Network report from Boulder County in Colorado, that recently voted to ban the growing of genetically modified corn and sugar beets on all county-owned farmland.) 

 

In Montana, property ownership often spans county lines, so to subject farmers and ranchers to different local regulations in each individual county could be extremely burdensome and cost prohibitive to agriculture. 

 

Specifically, SB 155 would prohibit local governments from regulating the cultivation, harvesting, production, processing, registration, labeling, marketing, sale, storage, transportation, distribution, possession, notification of use and planting of agricultural seeds or vegetable seeds.

 

The bill specifies on page 3, line 14, that the term “Agricultural Seeds” DOES NOT include Cannabis, so it does not prevent a local government from regulating or controlling Cannabis seeds that would be used to grow marijuana.

 

The Montana Association of Counties has asked for an amendment to make sure that the bill doesn’t prevent a local government from utilizing zoning to control placement of processing facilities.

 

A hearing on SB155 will be held in the Senate Agriculture Committee at 3PM on Thursday, February 9th


© Northern Ag Network 2017



 
Print

Leave a comment

Name:
Email:
Comment:
CAPTCHA image
Enter the code shown above in the box below
Add comment

Name:
Email:
Subject:
Message:
x

Recent Ag News

Possible Seed Shortage on the Horizon

7/19/2017 12:00:00 PM
Farmers should be mindful of escalating drought conditions and the outlook for seed supplies for 2018 planting. >> Read More
Article rating: No rating

Atypical BSE Case in Alabama

7/19/2017 7:38:00 AM
An atypical case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) has been identified in an eleven-year old cow in Alabama, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The cow did not enter any processing facilities and it presents no threat to the food supply. >> Read More
Article rating: No rating

Ag Policy Expert Gives President Trump a Mixed Report Card

7/19/2017 5:00:00 AM
President Donald Trump’s performance for agriculture during his first six months in office is a mixed bag, according to Barry Flinchbaugh, professor emeritus, agricultural economics at Kansas State University. 


>> Read More
Article rating: No rating

House Commitee Delays ELD Mandate

7/18/2017 9:06:00 AM
Language that was included within the bill will delay, for one year, the requirement mandating the use of Electronic Logging Devices (ELD's) for livestock and insect haulers. Now that the bill has passed the House it heads to the Senate. The industry expects to see some opposition to the delay in the Senate Chambers.  >> Read More
Article rating: No rating

WY Livestock Board Issues Notice of Delinquent Brands Renewal

7/18/2017 5:00:00 AM

Wyoming brand owners on the WY Livestock Board delinquent list have until December, 31, 2017 to renew brands.

>> Read More
Article rating: No rating
RSS

Find Articles by Date

«July 2017»
MonTueWedThuFriSatSun
2728293012
346789
101315
1720212223
24252627282930
31123456