Montana Farmers Union https://montanafarmersunion.com A statewide grassroots organization working for family farmers and ranchers Tue, 10 Dec 2019 19:21:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 https://montanafarmersunion.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/MFU-Favcon-150x150.png Montana Farmers Union https://montanafarmersunion.com 32 32 Congress, White House Come to Agreement on USMCA https://montanafarmersunion.com/congress-white-house-come-to-agreement-on-usmca/ https://montanafarmersunion.com/congress-white-house-come-to-agreement-on-usmca/#respond Tue, 10 Dec 2019 19:21:39 +0000 https://montanafarmersunion.com/?p=5753 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 10, 2019 Contact: Hannah Packman, 202.554.1600 hpackman@nfudc.org WASHINGTON – After many months of negotiations, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi announced today that the White House and Congress had come to an agreement on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). At its quarterly meeting in September, the National Farmers Union (NFU) Board […]

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Corporate Subsidies Instead of Trade https://montanafarmersunion.com/corporate-subsidies-instead-of-trade/ https://montanafarmersunion.com/corporate-subsidies-instead-of-trade/#respond Thu, 05 Dec 2019 20:36:57 +0000 https://montanafarmersunion.com/?p=5709 MFU President’s Blog by Walter Schweitzer; December 2019 To offset losses caused by trade wars the USDA created a taxpayer funded program called the Market Facilitation Program(MFP). Much of the $14.5 billion dollars of taxpayer funds targeted to help producers affected by the trade war ended up in corporate bank accounts. One outrageous example is […]

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Daines & Gianforte Must Take Immediate Action on CSKT https://montanafarmersunion.com/daines-gianforte-must-take-immediate-action-on-cskt/ https://montanafarmersunion.com/daines-gianforte-must-take-immediate-action-on-cskt/#respond Wed, 20 Nov 2019 17:48:50 +0000 https://montanafarmersunion.com/?p=5617 The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe (CSKT) Water Compact took over a decade to negotiate with water users on and off the CSKT nation. The CSKT will protect the rights of water users across Montana. It passed the Montana Legislature with bipartisan support and was signed by the governor in 2015. All major ag organizations […]

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Fix USMCA and Finish Trans Pacific Agreements https://montanafarmersunion.com/fix-usmca-and-finish-trans-pacific-agreements/ https://montanafarmersunion.com/fix-usmca-and-finish-trans-pacific-agreements/#respond Mon, 18 Nov 2019 17:37:16 +0000 https://montanafarmersunion.com/?p=5569 BY WALTER SCHWEITZER We currently have a trade agreement with Canada and Mexico called NAFTA.I support the resolution unanimously approved by the National Farmers Union(NFU) board of directors asking Congress to fix USMCA. To gain NFU support for USMCA, Congress must provide needed protections for American family farmers and ranchers.The agreement should include enforcement provisions; […]

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Members Gather for the 104th Annual State Convention https://montanafarmersunion.com/members-gather-for-the-104th-annual-state-convention/ https://montanafarmersunion.com/members-gather-for-the-104th-annual-state-convention/#respond Wed, 13 Nov 2019 17:34:51 +0000 https://montanafarmersunion.com/?p=5559 The 2019 state convention theme Exploring Ideas, Innovation and Impact brought members together from all over the state. The event was held October 25-26 at the Heritage Inn. The convention featured workshops on precision agriculture, trade, grizzly management, malt barley testing, suicide prevention and more. Keynote speakers included Dr. Sreekala Bajwa, Roger Johnson, Luc Swensson […]

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Tester Working to Bring COOL Back to Washington & Boost American Agriculture https://montanafarmersunion.com/tester-working-to-bring-cool-back-to-washington-boost-american-agriculture/ https://montanafarmersunion.com/tester-working-to-bring-cool-back-to-washington-boost-american-agriculture/#respond Fri, 08 Nov 2019 19:41:02 +0000 https://montanafarmersunion.com/?p=5512 By Sarah Feldman & Roy Loewenstein (U.S. Senate) – Aiming to Make COOL Cool Again and boost Montana’s agricultural producers, U.S. Senator Jon Tester today introduced a Senate resolution to support reinstating country of origin labeling for beef and pork. Country of origin labeling, or COOL, are laws and regulations that require retailers to inform […]

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MFU members elect state officers including Walter Schweitzer to serve as president at state convention https://montanafarmersunion.com/mfu-members-elect-state-officers-including-walter-schweitzer-to-serve-as-president-at-state-convention/ https://montanafarmersunion.com/mfu-members-elect-state-officers-including-walter-schweitzer-to-serve-as-president-at-state-convention/#respond Wed, 30 Oct 2019 19:49:53 +0000 https://montanafarmersunion.com/?p=5476 For Immediate Release October 28, 2019 Contact: Lyndsay Bruno 406-452-6406; cell: 406-788-8777 GREAT FALLS – At the annual MFU State Convention in Great Falls members elected state officers including Walter Schweitzer to serve as President of the statewide grassroots organization. In addition officers were re-elected to represent the following districts: Jan Tusick, District 6; Ben […]

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Montana Farmers Union Partners to Fund Industrial Hemp Fiber Testing for Construction https://montanafarmersunion.com/montana-farmers-union-partners-to-fund-industrial-hemp-fiber-testing-for-construction/ https://montanafarmersunion.com/montana-farmers-union-partners-to-fund-industrial-hemp-fiber-testing-for-construction/#respond Tue, 24 Sep 2019 17:46:55 +0000 https://montanafarmersunion.com/?p=5303 GREAT FALLS- Providing Montana farmers and ranchers with another crop option motivated Montana Farmers Union President Alan Merrill to seek out a partnership with Farmers Union Enterprises, Inc. (FUE) to provide funding research to understand the feasibility of producing Industrial Hemp fibers for us in building materials. Teaming up with Farmers Union member Kirby Hancock, […]

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MFU Advocates for Family Farms during D.C. fly-in https://montanafarmersunion.com/montana-farmers-union-members-and-staff-travel-to-washington-d-c-to-advocate-for-family-farms/ https://montanafarmersunion.com/montana-farmers-union-members-and-staff-travel-to-washington-d-c-to-advocate-for-family-farms/#respond Wed, 28 Aug 2019 17:46:22 +0000 https://montanafarmersunion.com/?p=5283 Montana Farmers Union members and staff joined nearly 400 National Farmers Union members for the annual D.C. fly-in. In addition to briefings at the USDA and on Capitol Hill, members met face-to-face with Senator Tester, Senator Daines and Representative Greg Gianforte and staff representing other congressional districts. “In early September, most farmers are busy harvesting, […]

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Members to attend NFU Fly-in https://montanafarmersunion.com/members-to-attend-nfu-fly-in/ https://montanafarmersunion.com/members-to-attend-nfu-fly-in/#respond Mon, 29 Jul 2019 21:08:15 +0000 https://montanafarmersunion.com/?p=5201 Farmers Union members from across the country will gather in Washington, D.C., in September for the 2019 Fall Legislative Fly-In! During their time in Washington, members will be afforded the opportunity to hear from U.S. Department of Agriculture officials about current events, opportunities, and other work the department is doing on behalf of farmers. They […]

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