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USDA to conduct survey on farm labor

DENVER, COLORADO – Throughout October, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will conduct its biannual Farm Labor Survey. NASS will reach out to more than 1,000 of Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming producers to accurately measure hired labor on farms located in the NASS Mountain Region States.

“Farm labor is one of the most important aspects of farm businesses today,” said Bill Meyer, Director of the NASS Regional Field Office. “By responding to this survey, farmers will provide accurate farm labor data that help ensure agriculture decision-makers have the accurate, timely information they need.”

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Subway finally caves on meat raised without antibiotics

After months of pressure from the National Resources Defense Council, Consumer Reports and others to do so, Subway officials said that they plan to switch their chicken supply to meat from animals raised without antibiotics important to human medicine in 2016, with other proteins to follow as supply allows, according to a report in Nation’s Restaurant News.

“We have been working toward the elimination of antibiotics, as are many other companies, which makes securing supply challenging for a chain our size,” a Subway spokeswoman is quoted as saying. “We are working with our suppliers to find a cost-effective, quality solution for our franchisees and customers.”

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Late blight discovered in Gallatin Valley

BOZEMAN - Late blight, a disease of potatoes and tomatoes, was discovered in the Gallatin Valley late last week, according to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , director of the Montana State University Seed Potato Certification Program. While late blight has been found very sporadically in other parts of Montana in the past, this is the first identification of the disease in the Manhattan area, where almost half of the state’s seed potatoes are grown, Zidack said.

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MFBF announces dates for 2015 campaign management seminar

The Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) will be holding a Campaign Management Seminar at the Red Lion Inn in Helena, November 19-20, 2015. The campaign management seminar was developed by the American Farm Bureau Federation with input from political consultants and staff of both major political parties. MFBF hosts the in-depth seminar in non-legislative years to help educate and prepare candidates for running successful campaigns. This seminar includes how to evaluate the candidate and the electorate, build a campaign structure, raise money, enlist allies, create coalitions, and get last-minute Election Day voter attention.  

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Top 10 reasons independent U.S. cattle producers support mandatory COOL

Billings, Mont. - Detractors of the United States' country of origin labeling (COOL) law are reenergized as a result of a recent World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling that determined that COOL violates international trade laws because it results in foreign livestock being treated differently than U.S. livestock. Despite polls indicating overwhelming support for COOL, and although the WTO dispute process has not yet concluded, Congress worked feverishly before the August recesses to either repeal COOL or to weaken it by establishing a wholly voluntary program in its place.

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