Montana Farmers Union https://montanafarmersunion.com A statewide grassroots organization working for family farmers and ranchers Wed, 15 Jan 2020 20:38:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.5 https://montanafarmersunion.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/MFU-Favcon-150x150.png Montana Farmers Union https://montanafarmersunion.com 32 32 Hemp Meeting Examines Growers’ and Processors’ Perspective on Industry https://montanafarmersunion.com/hemp-meeting-examines-growers-and-processors-perspective-on-industry/ https://montanafarmersunion.com/hemp-meeting-examines-growers-and-processors-perspective-on-industry/#respond Wed, 15 Jan 2020 20:37:06 +0000 https://montanafarmersunion.com/?p=5851 The hemp industry in Montana is changing rapidly. Each year more growers are adding the crop to their operation and more processors are coming on board to turn the crop into a finished product. With the expansion of the industry come new challenges for growing, processing and marketing the crop. In January, Montana Farmers Union […]

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Hemp Meeting Examines Growers’ and processors’ Perspective https://montanafarmersunion.com/hemp-meeting-examines-growers-and-processors-perspective/ https://montanafarmersunion.com/hemp-meeting-examines-growers-and-processors-perspective/#respond Wed, 15 Jan 2020 20:33:10 +0000 https://montanafarmersunion.com/?p=5844 By Lyndsay Bruno The hemp industry in Montana is changing rapidly. Each year more growers are adding the crop to their operation and more processors are coming on board to turn the crop into a finished product. With the expansion of the industry come new challenges for growing, processing and marketing the crop. In January, […]

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MFU Hires Mangold to Lead Government Affairs https://montanafarmersunion.com/mfu-hires-mangold-to-lead-government-affairs/ https://montanafarmersunion.com/mfu-hires-mangold-to-lead-government-affairs/#respond Thu, 09 Jan 2020 21:42:36 +0000 https://montanafarmersunion.com/?p=5834 Kim Mangold has been hired as the Government Affairs Director for Montana Farmers Union. Mangold will help develop new legislative initiatives, support current issues and find effective approaches to improved laws and programs to benefit Montana producers. “Kim has a depth of policy knowledge that will elevate MFU’s effectiveness at the state legislature,” said MFU […]

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President Schweitzer: Funding in Appropriations Package a Win for Family Farms https://montanafarmersunion.com/president-schweitzer-funding-in-appropriations-package-a-win-for-family-farms/ https://montanafarmersunion.com/president-schweitzer-funding-in-appropriations-package-a-win-for-family-farms/#respond Fri, 20 Dec 2019 19:13:13 +0000 https://montanafarmersunion.com/?p=5797 MFU President Walter Schweitzer Issues Statement on Senator Tester’s Work on the Appropriations Package: “We would like to thank Senator Tester for securing several Montana provisions in the appropriations package that will benefit Montana agriculture immensely .In particular we are pleased to see expansion of the WHIP program, support for hemp growers to transport hemp […]

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MFU applauds Daines and Tester for taking action on the CSKT Water Compact https://montanafarmersunion.com/mfu-applauds-daines-and-tester-for-taking-action-on-the-cskt-water-compact/ https://montanafarmersunion.com/mfu-applauds-daines-and-tester-for-taking-action-on-the-cskt-water-compact/#respond Mon, 16 Dec 2019 16:20:35 +0000 https://montanafarmersunion.com/?p=5775 Great Falls, MT- Montana Farmers Union would like to thank Senator Steve Daines and Senator Jon Tester for introducing a bill to settle the Confederated Salish Kootenai Tribes Water Compact (CSKT). The CSKT Water Compact was passed by the Montana legislature in 2015 and has been awaiting congressional action. “Thanks to this legislation Montana water […]

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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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