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Regulating Lab-Based Products

11/16/2018 4:16:00 PM

USDA, FDA Heads Announce Joint Regulatory Oversight of Cell-Cultured Proteins

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Farm Bureau Continues Work for Common Sense Livestock Hauling Rules

11/1/2018 7:51:00 AM

Ag organizations are petitioning the FMCSA and DOT to be more flexible with the Hours of Service Rules for livestock haulers.

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United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Text

10/1/2018 9:52:00 AM

The United States, Mexico and Canada have reached an agreement to benefit American farmers, ranchers, and agribusinesses.  While agriculture has generally performed well under NAFTA, important improvements in the agreement will enable food and agriculture to trade more fairly, and to expand exports of American agricultural products.


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Grizzly Bears Are Not Always Good Neighbors

9/5/2018 2:28:00 PM
"The federal government controls the management of this bear although the original intent of the ESA was to include state and local governments, as well as farmers and ranchers, in the decision-making." >> Read More

USDA Announces Details of Assistance for Farmers Impacted by Unjustified Retaliation

8/27/2018 4:11:00 PM

(Washington, D.C., August 27, 2018) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced details of actions the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will take to assist farmers in response to trade damage from unjustified retaliation by foreign nations. President Donald J. Trump directed Secretary Perdue to craft a short-term relief strategy to protect agricultural producers while the Administration works on free, fair, and reciprocal trade deals to open more markets in the long run to help American farmers compete globally. As announced last month, USDA will authorize up to $12 billion in programs, consistent with our World Trade Organization obligations.


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USDA Forest Service Announces New Strategy for Improving Forest Conditions

8/27/2018 6:04:00 AM
(Washington, D.C.) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Service (USFS) announced today a new strategy for managing catastrophic wildfires and the impacts of invasive species, drought, and insect and disease epidemics. >> Read More

Farm Bureau: Now, More Than Ever, We Must Ditch the Rule

8/20/2018 9:50:00 AM
The Montana Farm Bureau has expressed strong dismay regarding the South Carolina District Court’s injunction of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) Applicability Date Rule. >> Read More

Recent Livestock ELD Waiver Passed By Senate Causes Mixed Reactions

8/17/2018 2:49:00 PM
The recent one-year extension to the electronic logging device (ELD) waiver for livestock haulers and live insect haulers recently passed by the Senate has caused mixed reactions throughout the trucking industry.  >> Read More

MDA to Hold Waste Pesticide Disposal Events in September

8/13/2018 7:54:00 AM

Helena, Mont. - The Montana Department of Agriculture’s annual Pesticide Disposal Events will be held in several locations across Montana during September. The collection events will be held September 18 in Havre; September 19 in Great Falls; September 20 in Bozeman; and September 21 in Columbus.  The annual events have collected more than 586,860 pounds of waste pesticides since it began in 1994. 


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First Confirmed Equine Case of West Nile Virus in Montana for 2018

8/7/2018 2:00:00 PM

Helena, Mont. – The Montana Department of Livestock has received the first reported cases of equine West Nile Virus in Montana for 2018 in Musselshell and Lake Counties. This follows detection of the virus in mosquito surveillance pools from Cascade, Hill, and Lewis and Clark Counties. Montana typically sees cases of West Nile Virus through late summer and into fall.


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Montana Ag Leaders Praise Farm Bill Passage

12/13/2018 9:05:00 AM
America’s farmers and ranchers are about to get an early Christmas present-a new farm bill.  >> Read More
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MT Stockgrowers Host 134th Annual Convention in Billings

12/12/2018 8:42:00 PM
This week the Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA) is celebrating 134 years of serving the state’s ranchers at their Annual Convention & Trade Show. This year’s meetings at the Northern Hotel and DoubleTree Hotel in Billings will feature a trade show, educational workshops, and policy meetings. >> Read More
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New WOTUS Rule Dials Back Federal Reach

12/12/2018 4:10:00 AM
EPA on Tuesday released a newly proposed waters of the United States, or WOTUS, rule that would erase many of the concerns farmers and ranchers had about the 2015 rule. >> Read More
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Senate Passes Farm Bill

12/11/2018 4:15:00 PM
The U.S. Senate voted overwhelming Tuesday afternoon to finalize the new farm bill, the "Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018," just a day after putting the finishing touches on the conference report. >> Read More
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Montana Stockgrowers on U.S. Beef Heading to Morocco

12/11/2018 8:40:00 AM
Last week U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced today that the government of Morocco has agreed to allow imports of U.S. beef and beef products into Morocco. The deal would be worth $80 Million Dollars for the U.S. Beef industry.  2018 is the first year that U.S. beef exporters have access to Morocco’s market under the terms of the U.S.-Morocco Free Trade Agreement (FTA). >> Read More
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