BOZEMAN – When Golden Bobcat Pale Ale was unveiled at Montana State University's Bobcat Birthday Bash on Feb. 16, revelers got a taste of the alchemy involved in making the commemorative beverage in Great Falls.

When five varieties of hops are added to a mix of malted barley — most of it produced nearby — and filtered water from the Missouri River, “this brewery has never smelled so good,” said brewmaster Tristan Bradford, who oversees the rows of shiny stainless steel brewing tanks at Jeremiah Johnson Brewing Company.

"It really brings a lot of Montana agriculture into the taste," said Bradford of the beer, which was commissioned by MSU to celebrate the university’s 125th anniversary.

(WASHINGTON) – On Tuesday, Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE) and Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN) introduced bipartisan legislation that would prevent farms, ranches, and other agricultural operations from having to report livestock ‘emissions’ under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), which monitors toxic Superfund sites.

USCA applauds Senators Fischer and Donnelly and the 21 other Senators who co-sponsored the bill for their initiative in introducing this commonsense legislation. Other Members who joined this effort to introduce S. 2421, the Fair Agriculture Reporting Method (FARM) Act include:

Montana’s farmers and ranchers can look forward to better roads, bridges and other essential infrastructure thanks to President Trump’s ‘Building Stronger America’ plan. Montana Farm Bureau President Hans McPherson said the proposed $50 billion in rural spending will greatly help to restore deteriorating infrastructure.

(WASHINGTON) – Today, the United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) submitted a petition for rulemaking to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) requesting the agency to establish accurate beef labeling requirements to better inform consumers on the difference between beef products derived from cattle and those created in a laboratory.
 
Following recent investment interest by major U.S. and international companies, USCA’s membership initiated the effort to clearly label and identify alternative “beef” products that are not derived from cattle. These alternative “beef” products include synthetic product that is made from plant and/or insects and lab-grown product derived from animal cells in a petri dish.
 
USCA President Kenny Graner issued the following statement following the submission:

Montana Farm Bureau Foundation Youth Speech Contest to be held at FFA State Convention

The Montana Farm Bureau Foundation is holding their annual Youth Speech Contest during the Montana FFA State Convention, April 4-7 in Billings.  One of the Foundation's most important goals is to help with agricultural education and the leadership development of Montana's youth. The MFB Youth Speech Contest is open to students who are not able to participate in the State FFA Prepared Speech Contest. The actual competition will take place Thursday, April 5 from 8 - 10 AM.