3/9/2018 2:22:00 PM/Categories: Popular Posts, General News, Today's Top 5, Livestock, Grains, Ag Issues
Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Pat Roberts hopes to begin Senate farm bill work next month. This week, Roberts said that he wants to mark up the bill in April, adding that his staff and the staff of the committee’s ranking Democrat, Debbie Stabenow, have begun work on the bill.
The key to the bill, Roberts told the Hagstrom Report, is coming up with language that has majority support so the committee can seek Senate floor time. Roberts said he would like to move the bill in March, but the omnibus appropriations bill and immigration will be priorities. He also said it is important to get the bill “right” before marking it up. Speaking on tariffs, Roberts said “I don’t like tariffs,” saying the farm bill and tariffs “are not a separate issue” because farmers need to export. Roberts says the benefits of the recent tax bill could be negated by the tariffs and a trade war, further harming U.S. farmers and ranchers at an already critical time.
This week members of the Montana Farm Bureau Federation are in Washington, DC as part of the American Farm Bureau Federation's Advisory Committee Meetings and Chester, MT farmer Megan Hedges talked with Russell Nemetz on Friday about what they've heard regarding the new Farm Bill's timeline.
Source: Northern Ag Network
The Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center announced their inductees for 2018.
WATCH: Ranchers took to Main Street in Bozeman this past weekend to share agriculture's story ahead of the viewing of a vegan documentary and discussion panel on the MadisonFood Park. Ranchers were disappointed that they were unable to be apart of the discussion panel on the processing facility. Organizers of the event explained that they felt threated by the ranching community on social media in regards to the event. Watch the above clip for more on this story.
Rangeland education program offers hands-on experience to prove there's more to ranching than cows.
India and the United States are currently in negotiations on a trade package. Washington and New Delhi are looking to remove some long-standing disagreements between the two countries that would strengthen ties.