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 President Walter Schweitzer. “She has a real understanding of the issues affecting Montana producers and has dedicated her career to advocating for Montana agriculture. Kim will be an asset as we prepare for the 2021 legislative session and beyond.”
Mangold said her work will also involve maintaining and enhancing relations with other agriculture, commodity and business partners. “I have worked with MFU for 20 years on federal and state policies. This has involved supporting efforts in Farm Bills, EPA water issues, improvement of streams and river projects, pest and disease management, etc. The most significant issues facing Montana producers today is a fair and accessible market. Montana is dependent on national and international markets and current barriers restrict trade access.”
Mangold began working on policy for education programs at the University of Great Falls. She spent 20 years working on state and federal policies most recently as Bureau Chief and Deputy Director for the Montana Department of Agriculture. In addition, she is as an agriculture mediator working with disputes between Montana producers and the USDA.
Mangold is originally from the Hi-Line area and has family in farming and ranching. She serves on the Helena YWCA Board of Directors. She has two children and three grandchildren living in Helena and Great Falls.