8/2/2018 4:51:00 AM/Categories: General News, Today's Top 5, Livestock, Grains
The House and Senate have officially announced their respective conferees for the 2018 Farm Bill. In total, 56 have been assigned to the Conference Committee, including members from both the Senate and House Agriculture Committees as well as from committees with jurisdiction in the bill. NAWG President and Sentinel, OK wheat farmer Jimmie Musick made the following statement:
“NAWG applauds that the House and Senate for moving forward with the 2018 Farm Bill reauthorization process by assigning members to the Conference Committee. While there is still much work to be done, we are pleased that House and Senate leadership are keeping up the momentum by completing this crucial next step in finalizing a 2018 Farm Bill.
“While reconciling differences between the two bills, NAWG urges Members to put politics aside and growers first by completing one bill that works for all of agriculture. In our discussions with the Conference Committee, we will continue to fight to prevent cuts to crop insurance and ensure growers have access to a strong safety net program.
“NAWG remains committed to prioritizing working lands programs in the Farm Bill and ensuring that wheat growers have access to conservation stewardship and practices-based payments. Voluntary conservation programs should address the resource concerns of all production areas and especially semi-arid regions with dryland farming where there is significant wheat production.
“Additionally, we will work to make sure the final bill has a fully funded Research Title, so growers can have access to the innovative technology allowing them to continue to produce a healthy crop at a lower cost for the consumer.
“NAWG will also work with the Committee to make sure the 2018 Farm Bill includes strong investment in the Market Access Program (MAP) and the Foreign Market Development Program (FMD) which allow small agricultural businesses to build export markets overseas.
“We are looking forward to working with members and their staff throughout this process and hope to finalize a bill by the September 30th deadline.”
Northwest Farm Credit Services’ Montana State President Bill Perry has been promoted to Executive Vice President-Lending and Insurance at the company. Megan Shroyer, currently the company’s Montana Senior Vice President-Credit, has been promoted to replace Perry as Montana State President.
The premier event of the Montana Bale Trail is the annual WHAT THE HAY contest. This amazing display of whimsical, cleverly decorated and sculpted hay lines a 22-mile route from Hobson to Utica to Windham. This years event will be held on September 9th. Expect to see over 50 hay bale sculptures. People’s Choice Ballots will be handed out at the contest entrances in Hobson and Windham, beginning at 8 a.m. Live ballot voting ends at 5 p.m.
Helena, Mont. - The Montana Department of Agriculture’s annual Pesticide Disposal Events will be held in several locations across Montana during September. The collection events will be held September 18 in Havre; September 19 in Great Falls; September 20 in Bozeman; and September 21 in Columbus. The annual events have collected more than 586,860 pounds of waste pesticides since it began in 1994.