Conferees for the 2018 farm bill filed their report Monday night, which paves the way for a House vote on the bill later this week.
Recently, some Montana ranchers traveled to Reno, Nevada to attend the 7th National Grazing Lands Coalition Conference (NGLCC). The event gave ranchers and researchers the opportunity to share and gain knowledge to improve the environment and their family businesses.
Locals and rodeo-fans nationwide know that, as its name implies, the annual Bucking Horse Sale is closely tied to today’s amateur and professional rodeo circuits. Started in 1950, this annual event has evolved from showcasing bronc and bareback riding stock to include bull riding, pari-mutuel horse racing, a concert, street dance and parade.
Formerly the Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative or GLCI, the National Grazing Lands Coalition was founded to provide high-quality technical assistance on privately owned grazing lands on a voluntary basis and to increase the awareness of the importance of grazing land resources.
This week Montana Federal District Court Judge Brian Morris granted a motion by R-CALF USA to expand its beef checkoff lawsuit against USDA to include at least 13 states in addition to Montana. Under the injunction, the $1 beef checkoff is still collected, and the money is sent to the Cattlemen’s Beef Board. Montana ranchers who wish for half of their dollar to go to the Montana Beef Council to promote beef must complete a producer consent form that allows the CBB to send the funds to Montana.
Each year the National FFA Organization invites the sitting President of the United States to attend the National FFA Convention and Expo. The tradition started with former President Harry Truman. President George H.W. Bush was the last sitting president to attend the event. First Lady Michelle Obama brought pre-recorded greetings back in 2015 as did vice president Mike Pence last year.