(WASHINGTON) - Earlier this year, the Department of Interior (DOI) announced its intent to reopen the 2015 Greater Sage-Grouse Management Plan for revision. The United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) and a coalition of rural and agriculture groups submitted official comments urging the Administration to maintain the framework of the 2015 Sage Grouse Management Plan and continue working with producers for a successful implementation.USCA President Kenny Graner issued the following statement:

(WASHINGTON) - On Tuesday, Senators Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) led a bipartisan effort to delay the implementation of the ELD mandate for livestock and insect haulers. In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, the Senators expressed support for language included in the House-passed Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations bill that effectively delays the ELD mandate for one-year to allow the industry to work with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to address the strict Hours-of-Service rules that transporters must abide by. USCA Transportation Committee Chairman Steve Hilker issued the following statement: 

The Montana Farm Bureau has submitted comments to the Department of the Interior regarding the Bureau of Land Management’s Greater Sage Grouse Land Management Plan. The state’s largest agricultural organization encouraged the DOI to make several improvements to the plan in order to make it more workable for multiple-use lands.

The comments highlighted issues in the plan that need to be addressed before the DOI moves forward.:

HUDSON, NY – Nov. 27, 2017 – America’s new generation of young farmers expect to overcome major barriers to their success in agriculture, including access to land, affordable health care, and mounting student loan debt, but success will require deliberate policy change at all levels of government, according to the 2017 National Young Farmer Survey. The survey was conducted by the National Young Farmers Coalition (NYFC) in partnership with Dr. Kathleen Merrigan, Executive Director of Sustainability at George Washington University and former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture.

The Montana Farm Bureau Federation has been selected to continue the mission of the Ag in Montana Schools (AMS) program. Under the direction of MFBF, the program will be titled Ag in the Classroom.

“Agriculture in Montana Schools was a very reputable program and we don’t want to see the efforts of that organization end. We plan to continue their mission and share the importance of Montana agriculture with students across the state,” said Rikki Murrill, MFBF regional manager who will coordinate the Ag in the Classroom program on behalf of Farm Bureau.