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HEMP SPROUTING UP AS NEW CROP IN MONTANA

BY CHRIS CHRISTIAENS P R O J E C T & L E G I S L AT I V E SPECIALIST

During the 2001 legislative session of the Montana Legislature, Senate Bill 261 was introduced and passed by both the members

of the Senate and House. The bill was signed by former Governor Judy Martz and the legislation joined Hawaii and North Dakota with laws allowing the growing and production of industrial hemp. Since that time we have worked with the Montana Department of Agriculture, our congressional delegation and the drug enforcement agency to be allowed to add this crop to the diversity of Montana producers. Since the bill passing in Montana other States have also passed laws allowing the growing of this crop.

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EVENT EXAMINES POTENTIAL OF 2018 FARM BILL

Montana Farmers Union is getting a jumpstart on the 2018 Farm Bill conversation and more broadly on encouraging a stronger farmer to consumer connection. MFU held a Farm Bill informational session at the Heritage Inn in Great Falls in late June. In addition to talking about the expiration of the 2014 Farm Bill and projections for the 2018 Farm Bill, two panels of four industry experts talked about the ways the Farm Bill impacts the consumer. The panel included the Director of the Montana Department of Agriculture Ben Thomas, Director of the Montana Department of Livestock Mike Honeycutt, Lor-

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ianne Burhop with the Montana Food Bank Network, Brian Hoven of Hoven Equipment, Janet Smith and Rusty Cowan with Farm Service Agency, Matt Perdue of National Farmers Union and Jeff Dow of Farmers Union Insurance. The goal of the diversity of the panels was to provide education on the effects the Farm Bill has on rural Montana, producers, consumers and agribusiness. “The Farm Bill really should be called a food bill,” said Alan Merrill, MFU President. “The program was to inform the consumer of not only what it takes to make a successful Farm Bill, but also to teach the public on what farmers and ranchers go through. We certainly appreciate the panelists’ time and expertise. It made for great conversation and an excellent learning opportunity.” C O N T I N U E D PA G E 5


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IN THIS ISSUE A Message from the President Page 4 Farm Bill Session Continued/ NFU Fly-In   Page 5

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JOIN US FOR THE ANNUAL CONVENTION AND WOMEN’S CONFERENCE! DETAILS TO COME!

Good News for Montana Breweries & Barley Producucers   Page 6 Membership Update Page 7 Ag Summit Puts Montana Agriculture in the National Spotlight Page 8 Member Profile Page 9 Watts Agency/ Agent Spotlight Page 10 MFU Particpates in Farm Bill Listening Session Hosted by Senator Tester Page 13

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR: Producers Turn to Hemp To Diversify Operations Page 16 Highlights of the 2017 Arrowpeak Camp Season Page 18-19

THE 2018 WOMEN’S CONFERENCE FEBRUARY 23-25, 2018 FAIRMONT HOT SPRINGS, ANACONDA

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Member

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WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!!! Recruited by

Grant & Tracey Peterson, Bridger Seteren Family Ranch LLC, Billings Kenneth Wayne Ryan, Jordan Kenneth Graham, Billings Quinn Montana Properties LLC., Lexingston MI Patrick & Kirsten Kainz, Belgrade Carl Buechler, St. Xavier Carole & Jimmy Riley, Crow Agency Veebaray Company, Great Falls Mark & Annette Williams, Helena Jessica Bliss, Fort Shaw KBJ Farm Inc., Belt Denise Edwards, Corvallis Albert Browning, Plains Dustin Collen, Hamilton Gary Peters, Florence Charles & Judy Chowning, Ronan Ronald & Marilyn Garner, St. Ignatius Helmut & Nina Hintz, Terry Shannon McKiernan, Great Falls Mickey & Key Anderson, Geyser Victoria Lising, Great Falls Richard & Linda Lodmell, Salt Lake City UT Mikell & John Bodner, Raynesford Mandy & Derek Lee, Great Falls Valerie & Chad Beck, Chinook Victoria Torrez & Kelly Rivera, Great Falls G & S Partners, Hogeland Jill Batungbacal & Jesse Waldenberg, Great Falls Allyson & Cole Wilson, Great Falls Jay & Phyllis Worrall, Loma Robert & VerNel Carver, Moscow ID Keith & Vicky Reeves, Belt Jeffrey Thorp, New York, NY Edward Thorp, Newport Beach, CA Raun Thorp & Michael Tichenor, Los Angeles, CA Henchy Enden, New York, NY Edward Rosenfeld, Los Angeles, CA Richard Goul, Laguna Beach, CA MFP Partners, New York, NY

Ron Watts Ron Watts Ron Watts James Mathews Daryl Hansen Craig Parker Melissa Wacker Melissa Wacler Aeric Reilly Todd Crum Jeff Thill Jeff Thill Pam Jacobsen Sally Miller Bryan Jones Bryan Jones Andrew Luedtke Andrew Luedtke Cathy Hintz MFU Camp MFU Camp MFU Camp MFU Camp MFU Camp MFU Camp MFU Camp MFU Camp MFU Camp MFU Lodge MFU Lodge MFU Lodge MFU Lodge MFU Office

In Memoriam Mrs. Willard (Willa June) Cook, Great Falls James Pester, Rudyard Russell Wikstrom, Brady George Paul, Great Falls

TO: ALL MEMBERS OF LOCAL AND COUNTY ORGANIZATIONS OF THE FARMERS EDUCATIONAL AND COOPERATIVE UNION OF AMERICA, MONTANA DIVISION( MONTANA FARMERS UNION) You are hereby notified that the 102nd Annual State Convention of the Montana Division of the Farmers Educational Cooperative Union of America will be held in Great Falls, Montana at the Heritage Inn, October 20-21, 2017, for the purpose of hearing reports from state officers, to elect a president to a two-year term, two district members, from Districts 4 and 5 to three-year terms; and an At-Large Director for Districts 1 & 2 to a three-year term. A conductor and doorkeeper will be elected to one-year terms; further, to transact such business and adopt such resolutions as may be desired by the members of Montana Farmers Union. Nominations of board members and officers shall be made from the floor during the afternoon session of October 20. Ballots will be distributed at the time of election, during that morning session of October 21 and all ballots must be in the ballot box no later than 10:30 AM on October 21.

Jeffrey Thorp

It will be appreciated if resolutions be sent to state headquarters by October 13. Resolutions for submission after that date should be given directly to the Resolutions Committee at the Convention site during designated times announced at convention.

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A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT Farm Bill Session

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locally grown food to be processed and distributed throughout a large area of Montana. This project is in the beginning stages, but I am very optimistic we will have a co-op food hub that will benefit its members. Thank you to the committee members and the Montana Cooperative Development Center(MCDC) for kick starting this project. As president of Montana Farmers Union and as a FUE board member I promise to do all I can not only this year but in the years to follow to get this food hub up and running.

Montana Farmers Union held a Farm Bill informational hearing the latter part of June in Great Falls. The event was non-specific on what is actually in the Farm Bill, but instead covered the different titles that make up the Farm Bill including forestry provisions, the Snap Nutrition Assistance Program(SNAP), crop insurance and of course Farm Service Agency programs. As a group we learned that what is included in the Farm Bill affects 2017 Fly-In Summer is flying by with com- not only farmers and ranchers, bines and haying going on where but consumers, rural communi- The 2017 National Farmers Union there is something to harvest ties and the economy. Fly-In is scheduled for September or hay. I drove from Big Sandy 10-13 in Washington D.C. Topics to Jamestown, North Dakota in FUE Trip to be discussed include healthmid-July for the a week-long Nacare, the Farm Bill and the use of tional Farmers Union Board of Farmers Union Enterprise(FUE) E30 blend ethanol. This is a very Directors meeting. I wanted to Presidents met the 3rd week of important time in agriculture and see the conditions in the East- June at the Grouse Mountain we need to be a unified voice in ern part of Montana, along with Lodge in Whitefish, MT. There Washington D.C. North Dakota. The conditions was a session to plan upcomfrom a first-hand perspective are ing projects at the meeting. The Arrowpeak Camp News as bad as I have seen. Pastures Farmers Union Industries(FUI) are gone and the crops are mostly Executive Committee was also in On a final note one of my goals un-harvestable. With that being attendance and discussed over- when elected president was to said, the point of having a strong all goals for both. We all agreed increase the number of youth safety net in the new Farm Bill is that the members of the five FUE camps at Arrowpeak Lodge. The imperative. Disasters happen and states which include Montana, program started with two camps with a strong safety net a pro- Minnesota, North Dakota, South and has since grown. For the ducer may be able to survive an- Dakota and Wisconsin, should 2018 camp season we have added other year despite having a down benefit from the programs that an additional camp to a total of year. I encourage you to become each state funds through FUI. five youth camps. involved in policy making at our The programs are very positive state convention and express your and proactive. I look forward to I want to thank our camp direcconcerns for the next Farm Bill. what the future holds for FUE tor Violet Green and her staff for another great camp season! I and FUI! World Farm Organisation am very proud of how the camps Assembly continue to grow. This success is Food Hub due in large part to past campers This year I was unable to attend the One possible project on the ho- who are now staff. They are helpWorld Farm Organisation(WFO) rizon is potential for a new food ing to pass down a great tradition meeting in Helsinki. In talking hub in Great Falls. Being presi- of the Arrowpeak experience. to some of the members who at- dent of Montana Farmers Union tended they said the overall con- and a member of the FUE states, I cern for the sustainability of the requested a FUI foundation grant family farm is still the top prior- to do a feasibility study which is ity of the members in attendance. now complete. The project is on For more information on WFO the ground floor, but could povisit wfo.org. tentially have a huge impact on

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MONTANA FARMERS UNION PO BOX 2447 300 RIVER DRIVE NORTH GREAT FALLS MT 59403 PHONE: (406) 452-6406; 1-800-234-4071 FAX: (406) 727-8216 mfu@montanafarmersunion.com www.montanafarmersunion.com Board of Directors: Alan Merrill, President Rollie Schlepp, Vice President, Conrad Erik Somerfeld, District 2, Power Bill Courtnage, At-Large director, Geraldine Brett Dailey, District 4, Jordan William Downs, District 5, Molt Ben Peterson, At-Large director, Judith Gap Kelly Rutledge, District 1, Big Sandy Sig Rudie, Fairview, At-Large director Paul Kanning, District 5, Flaxville Jan Tusick, District 6, Ronan State Office Staff: Jan Johnson, Office Mgr., Assistant Secretary/ Treasurer Lyndsay Bruno, Communications Director Chris Christiaens, Legislative & Project Specialist Violet Green, Youth Education & Camp Coordinator Justin Loch, Membership Director Dave Snuggs, Facility Director Maggie Shane, Continuing Education Copyright Š Montana Farmers Union, 2017. Montana Grassroots is the official publication of the Farmers Educational and Cooperative Union of America, Montana Division. MFU reserves the right to reject any advertisements. Third Class bulk postage paid at Great Falls MT 59401. Membership: $50.00 per year Montana Grassroots is published 10 times each calendar year with two combined issues. Article submissions are requested by the 15th of the month. Advertising space is available. Copy Editor: Jan Johnson Editor/Designer: Lyndsay Bruno


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Farm Bill Session Continued from page 1 Among the topics addressed were farm payments including the Agriculture Risk Coverage program (ARC)and the Price Coverage Loss Program(PLC) led by Rusty Cowan and Janet Smith with Farm Service Agency. In addition, very a important piece of the Farm Bill includes crop insurance as a risk management tool. There is talk of a cap on the subsidies and a reduction in coverage level. Jeff Dow of Farmers Union Insurance talked about the potential cuts and how they could impact producers. “It’s a safety net for mother nature. Revenue protection is the most popular policy out there,” said Dow. One question from the audience was the issue of who will pay the difference if premiums are increased. “It’s possible that the additional cost in premium will be placed on the grower,” said Dow. “As agents it’s our job to look at the whole picture when analyzing for coverage level including the type of crop and location.”

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One component of the Farm Bill often overlooked is the Supplemental Nutrition Program known as SNAP. Nearly 80 percent of the Farm Bill supports nutrition programs such as SNAP. Lorianne Burhop with the Montana Food Bank Network talked about the importance of SNAP for Montana families and why it’s necessary for groups like the Food Bank Network and Montana Farmers Union to work together.” SNAP is truly the cornerstone of our anti-huinger safety net,” said Burhop. The program provides $1.30 per person per meal in Montana. Burhop provided some hard statistics on hunger in Montana. One-hundred and twenty thousand Montanans participate in the SNAP program with 30 percent being seniors and the disabled and 70 percent with families who have children living in the home. “The Farm Bill is really a food bill bringing together both sides of our food system the food producers and consumers. It demonstrates the connection between agriculture and nutrition. We all have a stake in a well-nourished, food secure population.”

Honeycutt also discussed a need to address the issue of poor health coverage for rural Montanans and urgency to help beginning farmers and ranchers with student debt. Ben Thomas, Director of the Montana Department of Agriculture, provided his department’s take on funding for the Farm Bill, and his hopes for the 2018 bill. This includes the specialty crop block grants and the impact that grant program has on funding for agriculture projects in the state. “We are hopeful negotiations for the next Farm Bill will go smoothly and that the needs of producers in our state will be taken into account,” said Thomas. Matt Perdue of National Farmers Union also served on the panel. Perdue provided a unique perspective on rural development and how it relates to the Farm Bill. Perdue worked for the USDA in rural development before joining NFU. He is a fifth generation Farmers Union member and farmed for five years before moving to Washington D.C. Perdue works on rural development, energy, the Conservation Title and National Farmers Union’s Quality of Life Policy which encompasses healthcare. “When we look at the upcoming Farm Bill we are looking at quite a different situation then the 2014 Farm Bill,” said Perdue. “Net Farm income is expected to be 50 percent lower than in the 2013 when the 2014 Farm Bill was written. There is a real incentive from Congress’ perspective to make sure that we get a new Farm Bill passed that will have the protection and safety nets necessary for producers.”

SNAP contributes 170 million dollars each The Farm Bill also has a direct effect on the year to the Montana economy. Burhop said business community particularly on agribusi- they expect to see significant threats to SNAP at the federal level. She says they must keep ness. Ag and nutrition unified and maintain the NuThis includes companies like Hoven Equip- trition Title. ment. Brian Hoven, owner of Hoven Equipment and a state senator, talked about his op- Also at the event was the Director of the Moneration from the inception and the effect the tana Department of Livestock Mike Honeycdrought years of the 80’s had on his opera- utt who talked about how the Farm Bill relates tion, and what the business climate is today. to the livestock industry and agency. Honeyc“Producer incomes come from a lot of differ- utt was appointed to the position in February ent sources, but most of it from production of 2016.He began his career working in agand the farm program. We started in 1978. In riculture education in North Carolina before The bulk of work on the Farm Bill is expected the early eighties we had reasonable pricing. working for the National FFA organization. to begin late this year. Then by the mid to late 80’s we were broker Most recently he was the Managing Director than broke. We repossed a lot of equipment, for the National Council for Agricultural Edbut thank goodness for disaster loans. By ‘99 ucation in Helena. we were solvent.” In respect to the Farm Bill Honeycutt said Hoven went on to talk about how drought and awareness of the different types of the fundcommodity prices over the years affect not ing within the Farm Bill is critical in supportonly his bottom line, but his ability to main- ing state programs. “We receive 20 percent tain his business and provide benefits for his of our budget from the federal government,” employees. “When you take a 40 percent hit said Honeycutt. “This includes funding for to the family budget and then borrow more meat inspection, milk and eggs inspection and money it can be very difficult. We didn’t have livestock disease mediation. If we don’t get lay off any employees, but through attrition the current level of funding from the Farm we didn’t replace them. The farm program is Bill we will be forced to increase user and proa big deal to us and I certainly hope that a ducer fees and make some tough choices as to reasonable plan will get passed.” what programs we can and can’t support.”

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BARLEY GROWERS & BREWERIES SATISFIED WITH GOVERNOR’S DECISION TO RAISE PRODUCTION CAP In June, Governor Steve Bullock signed House Bill 541 which raises the production cap on state breweries who want to sell their product on-site. The governor signed the bill at Missoula’s Bayern Brewing Co. The bill raises the production cap from 10,000 bbls to 60,000 bbls of annual production. Erik Somerfeld is a producer from Power and Montana Farmers Union Board of Director. He represented the organization at the bill signing in Missoula. Somerfeld is encouraged by the new legislation. “It’s a real simple equation,” said Somerfeld,. “More beer production means more malt barley being used, means more malt barley needs to be grown, which means more money in the farmers’ pockets, which is good for the Montana economy. Photo courtesy of Governor’s Office

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WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

BY JUSTIN LOCH M E M B E R S H I P D I R E C TO R

Recently I attended the National Farmers Union State to State Conference in Jamestown, North Dakota. At this conference staff from across all Farmers Union states get together and work on areas of membership, media, government relations, and education. As most of you know, my main focus area is membership. After the State-to-State conference I began to think about the overall membership of Montana Farmers Union.

several sources, it raises the questions “Why am I a MFU member?” Secondly, “What do I expect from my membership?” There are several different answers to the question, but I need to find out from you the members, what you hope to gain from being a member and why you are a member to better serve you. Some belong because of member benefits like hotels, rental cars and camp discounts. Others are involved for legislative representation, MFU programming, and just being part of a grassroots Ag organization.

make guesses as to what might be worthwhile to members, but MFU can certainly be more effective if I get your input. We don’t know if we are missing the mark in some areas or need to improve, if we don’t hear from our members it’s hard to gauge the motivation of members and their interests. A lot of time, money and resources go into putting on MFU events. As staff it’s key to work for our members to help them get the most out of being a MFU member and make our events successful.

Today it seems we all lead busy lives and find it harder and harder to juggle time and commitment to things outside of our family lives. Things need to be of value and appealing for members to stay interested and involved. With that being said, I would love to hear from you as members as to the different things that affect and interest you. I also want to know what MFU can do to help you get the most out of your membership. Members get bogged down constantly going to meetings for various groups and activities in their lives. My goal is make our events and meetings something that you the member want to take time out of your schedule to participate in and include your family. MFU was founded on family agriculture and I believe all of our events and programming needs to include the family.

Each and every member places a value on family. MFU is one big family advocating for agriculture and we strive to make every member feel like they are valued. Thank you to all MFU members for being a valuable part of the organization and your involvement in activities including camps, convention, programming, legislation, meetings, and National Farmers Union events.

Our organization has been around for 100 Our members come from many different plus years and has worked hard to serve each sources such as insurance agents, camp reg- and every member. I want to make sure MFU istration, MFU events, producers, consumers, is giving each and every member a reason to etc. Although we have members coming from belong and encourage others to join. I can

Membership Director Justin Loch, Communications Director Lyndsay Bruno and President Alan Merrill attend State-to-State in Jamestown, ND.

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In closing, please let me know how I and MFU can better serve you as a member. MFU is only as good as the feedback we get from you. Our success depends on your input. Please call, email or message me on Facebook to provide feedback on ways we can better serve our members. Happy harvest, fair Season, and back to school. Enjoy your summer and let’s pray for some rain! Justin Loch-Membership Director Cell: 406-945-0959 Office: 406-452-6406 or 1-800-234-4071 Email: jloch@montanafarmersunion.com


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MONTANA AG SUMMIT BRINGS KEY PLAYERS TO THE STATE

the agriculture community come together for education and to celebrate the industry. And of course it is of great benefit for Montana to be cast on the national spotlight by having Secretary Perdue attend.” The panel also discussed the Farm Bill. And although the group didn’t get into the nuts and bolts of the legislation they did talk about strategy and the process of crafting such legislation. “We got to take this thing from the high level principles to the nitty gritty part of the policy,” said Daines.

Pat Roberts, Sonny Perdue and Senator Steve Daines speak with Northern Ag Network’s Taylor Brown about a variety of ag issues. Photo courtesy of Michael Connell. B Y LY N D S AY B R U N O C O M M U N I C AT I O N S D I R E C T O R

Nearly 700 people attended the Montana Ag Summit in Great Falls including several members of Montana Farmers Union. The event, held at the Pacific Steel & Recycling Center in Great Falls, was sponsored by Senator Steve Daines. Presenters included the newly appointed Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Pat Roberts. The day kicked off with an award given in the name of former U.S. Senator Conrad Burns and a speech by Secretary Perdue. Perdue comes from an agriculture background as a farmer in Georgia and a retired veterinarian. He shared his visions for the department with an increased focus on customer service on the part of the agency. “When you have dealings with the United States Department of Agriculture I want to put a smile on your face

and say if that is the kind of service I am going to get I don’t mind paying taxes because I feel like I am getting value back.”

The event also featured a panel on next generation issues. Montana Farmers Union Board of Director Paul Kanning served on the panel. Kanning farms near Flaxville. He spoke about the challenges and op portunities young and next generation farmers face and his choice to retire from the U.S. Air Force and take over the family farm.

Alan Merrill, President of Montana Farmers Union, attended the event. “It was well worth it” said Merrill. “It’s always good to see so many in

Perdue talked about rural prosperity and the interagency task force created by President Trump. He also addressed the newly created undersecretary of trade position as that relates to agriculture. “You are all blowing the doors off of productivity and challenging me on where to sell it. Agriculture is vital to the U.S. economy and trade is vital to agriculture economy and that is where we are going to focus on. I’m a you grow it, I sell it kind of guy.” In a panel discussion with Daines, Roberts and Perdue the group discussed trade and how it relates to the recent news of the China market opening up to U.S. beef. “We are optimistic,” said Purdue. There’s a momentum and optimism on both sides that we haven’t seen in years. It’s been 14 years since we our beef went into China. I think this will be the tip of the iceberg.”

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MEMBER profile

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MEET THE DEBRUYCKER FAMILY B Y LY N D S AY B R U N O C O M M U N I C AT I O N S D I R E C T O R

In this edition’s Member Profile we feature the the DeBruycker family who run Debruycker Charolais near Dutton. The DeBruyckers have raised purebred Charolais since 1963. The Debruyckers are third-generation Montana ranchers operating their ranch for nearly a century. The ranch was started by Lloyd and Jane DeBruycker who are still very involved to this day. Of their seven children, four are directly involved and the other three assist when able. Son Brett lives on the ranch and helps run the operation. He received a degree in Ag Economics from Montana State University. The DeBruyckers raise high quality Charolais bulls and heifers, winter wheat, malt barley and pulse crops. In advance of the June Farm Bill information meeting, hosted by Montana Farmers Union, KFBB visited the DeBruycker ranch and interviewed Brett about the importance of the Farm Bill. Brett pointed out that in the 2014 Farm Bill there was a 20 percent reduction in assistance. He also talked specifically about pieces of the Farm Bill that are of particular interest to the Debruycker operation that he worries could face reductions in the 2018 bill. “It really has potential negative effects on agriculture, not just Ag communities but in the cities,” said Brett. “With these reductions, lowering Ag research dollars is a big concern of mine. If you lower Ag research dollars you will have a less competitive U.S. farmer. In regards to pulse crops, talking about reducing funding for market development programs is also very risky. In this state and in this area especially pulse crops are just trying to take hold and help ease barley and wheat supply. If we lose funding to help develop markets for pulse crops like chick peas, lentils and the like you are just going to cut off the industry before it gets going.”

TEXT The DeBruycker family/ Photo courtesy of Brett DeBruycker

He also talked about the importance of the Agriculture Risk Coverage(ARC) and Price Loss Coverage(PLC) programs. “They have been beneficial, I hope we don’t have to lose that safety net.” He also mentioned crop insurance as a valuable piece of the pie and the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP).“Bottom line in the end there is serious potential ramifications in rural Montana, not only the smaller communities but also in Great Falls, Missoula, Billings

Bozeman, everywhere. People need to be concerned in those areas because we need to keep agriculture strong.” You can find out more about DeBruycker Charolais by visiting their website at http:// www.debruyckercharolais.com.

Since 1963 the DeBruyckers have raised purebred Charolais on their ranch near Dutton

Brett and daugther Ansley

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AGENT SPOTLIGHT

Blayne Watts,Watts Insurance

Jacksen,Torrey, Jenna,Trevor, Becky and Blayne Watts.

In this editon we feature Farmers Union In- After my enlistment in the Marine Corps, I surance Agent Blayne Watts of Watts Insur- went to work as the Sales/Assistant Manager ance in Terry, Montana. of Riverside Marine & Cycle in Miles City. From there, I helped expand that business to include a Bobcat and rental business. In 1.)Can you tell us a little bit about your 2014, my father Ron, and brother Ryan had background? the opportunity to buy out an independent insurance office in my hometown of Terry, but I was born and raised on a irrigated farm be- weren’t able to do it without another partner tween Miles City and Terry and attended grade in Watts Insurance Inc. In July of 2014, I school in Terry. I then graduated high school came on with my brother and father. I was from Custer Country District High School in quickly trained in the business by these great Miles City. From there I enlisted in the United mentors. Little did we know at the time how States Marine Corps as an Avionics Techni- valuable this timing was. In January of 2015 cian on F/A-18 Hornets and C130s. I spent my brother, Ryan, passed away after complithe majority of my military career in South- cations with pneumonia and multiple kidney ern California, one year unaccompanied tour transplants from a birth defect he had as a in Iwakuni Japan, and finished up my thirteen child. years in the Marine Corps as the Staff NonCommissioned Officer in Charge of Eastern 2.) What do you like best about being in Montana Recruiting. I am married to my high the insurance industry? school sweetheart, Becky, who now works as a licensed CSR in our offices. We have four With my roots, I feel at home when I have children. Jenna is 13 and in junior high, Jack- my hands dirty in the agriculture industry. sen is 15 and will be a sophomore, Torrey is Between sales and agriculture, the insurance 19 and just finished up his Heavy Equipment business gives me the opportunity to serve my Operators course at MCC and is current- community. Also, I feel that I was extremely ly working on a large farm/ranch in Prairie ignorant to the insurance world as a young County and our oldest son Trevor is following adult. Now, I feel as though it’s my responin his dad’s footsteps as a Marine. He is cur- sibility to make sure that my customers don’t rently stationed at Camp Pendleton, CA. have that same feeling. We keep them well 10

informed, and explain all of their options and benefits when purchasing coverages. 3.)What should someone look for when choosing an agent? When purchasing insurance, it’s always a good idea to place your business with a reputable agent, someone that can answer your questions, and explain exactly what you are purchasing. I always strive to make a customer feel like they are part of the family, or some sort of exclusive club. I also don’t believe in “high-pressure” sales. If I do my job efficiently, by explaining the product we offer, the features of that product, and how it will benefit the customer’s needs, pressure is not necessary. 4.) Are there any new/popular products or benefits of Farmers Insurance that you would like to share with our readers? The industry is rapidly changing. Several companies that service our area are making major adjustments to their policy coverages, premiums, and deductibles. I take a lot of

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Farmers Union at the fort benton summer celebration!

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MFU SUMMER HAPPENINGS

A G E N T S P O T L I G H T C O N T.

Farmers Union youth ride the MFU float in the Fort Benton Summer Celebration parade

Outgoing/incoming Farmers Union Enterprise couples at summer retreat in Whitefish. Membership Director Justin Loch attends the MSU Arthur H. Post Agronomy Farm tour near Bozeman.

STATE TO STATE

Pictured left to right: Scott LeFurgey, Misty LeFurgey,( outgoing couple);Alan Merrill, (MFU President); Cindy Palmer and Walter Schweitzer( incoming couple)

Hosted by Montana State University

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MEET YOUR 2017 JUNIOR CAMPERS! Sidney, Great Falls

Brian, Great Falls

This is Sidney’s 4th year attending Farmers Union Camp. She attends Mountain View Elementary and will be going into 6th grade this school year. Sidney says there are so many things she likes about camp, it’s hard to narrow it down.” I like the line dancing and water games,” said Sidney. “Camp is a lot of fun!”

This is Brian’s first year attending camp. He is going into 5th grade at Vaughn Elementary. “It’s pretty good for my first year,” said Brian.” My mom thought it would be good for me to spend some time away from home. I like it.”

Grant, Great Falls

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This is Grant’s second year attending Farmers Union camp. He will be a 6th grader at Meadowlark Elementary. He enjoys spending time with friends and learning about this history of camp. “I really like the water olympics and being with friends,” said Grant.

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MFU WEIGHS IN DURING FARM BILL LISTENING TOUR B Y LY N D S AY B R U N O C O M M U N I C AT I O N S D I R E C T O R

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The expiration of the Farm Bill in September of 2018 is beginning to take center stage in the Ag industry as Senator Jon Tester held listening sessions throughout the state in May . MFU President Alan Merrill and Membership Director Justin Loch served on two separate panels, one in Glendive and the other in Lewistown. Dawson Community College was the site of the Glendive listening session. In addition to Justin Loch other industry represenatives provided a wide range of perspectives on the Farm Bill including Ben Thomas of the Montana Department of Agriculture and representatives from the American Sugar Beet Grower's Association, the Montana-Dakota Beef Grower's Association, the Montana Stock Grower's Association and Montana Farm Bureau. Loch shared his concerns including the timeliness of farm payments to help with operating loans. He also talked about incorporating the tool Farmer’s Share which is updated and distributed by National Farmers Union every month. Farmers Share explains profit received by the farmer per price of unit of the goods they produce. Loch said that the price for a product at the grocery store doesn’t accuratly reflect what the farmer receives for their goods. “It’s important to get the information out there and engage the public to start thinking about the importance of the Farm Bill,” said Loch. “It affects us all. We need Montana agriculture to succeed. I was pleased to serve on the panel and appreciate the senator including Montana Farmers Union in the conversation.” Later that day Senator Tester held a listening session in Lewistown at the public library featuring a panel of Ag leaders including Montana Farmers Union President Alan Merrill. Those who also served on the panel included representatives from the Wheat & Barley Committee, the Montana Department of Agriculture, Montana Wool Growers, Montana Grain Growers, Montana Stockgrowers and Farmer Bob Quinn of Big Sandy.

Community members attended the session to POSITIONS TO BE NOMINATED AT hear about potential components of the next 2017 MONTANA FARMERS UNION Farm Bill. CONVENTION President Merrill stressed the importance The following positions will be elected at the of Ag groups coming together for a com- 2017MFU convention: president, three direcmon cause. “The Farm Bill ensures we have tors, a conductor and doorkeeper. A nomibackup support for those who currently farm, nating petition must be completed by those but also for future generations,” said Merrill. intending to run for one of these positions. “The majority of congress has no idea what President:Two-year term the Ag issues are. We have to stand together, term maybe we will disagree on small items, but we Conductor:One-year Doorkeeper: One-year term must be united.” Director of the Montana Department of Ag- Board of Directors: riculture Ben Thomas talked specifically about One Director to be elected the state programs funded by and related to District Four: (Three-year term) the Farm Bill including the Specialty Block Grant Program. According to Thomas, Mon- District Five: One Director to be elected tana is the leader nationally in specialty crops. (Three-year term) Thomas went on to talk about the market ac- Director (District 1 & 2) One Director to cess program which was zeroed out in the last be elected (Three-year term) budget proposal. DISTRICT I Other topics discussed included the Conser- Broadwater County vation Reserve Program(CRP) and the Transi- Cascade County Chouteau County tion Incentives Program(TIP). Fergus County Members of the audience talked about the im- Jefferson County portance of maintaining crop insurance levels Judith Basin County and access to credit for young farmers and Lewis & Clark County Meagher County ranchers. Petroleum County Powell County C O N T I N U E D PA G E 1 5

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RESULTS OF THE 25TH ANNUAL RALPH PARKER MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT

op, Havre; Montana Farmers Union; Mountain View Co-op, Great Falls; MSU College of Ag, Bozeman; MT Council of Co-ops; MT Electric Cooperatives’ Association, Great Falls; MT Federal Credit Union, Great Falls; Results are in for the 25th annual Ralph Parker MT Telecommunications Association; NorthMemorial Golf Tournament held June 17, in west Farm Credit Services, Great Falls; RBC Fairfield. The annual event is held in memory Wealth Management, Great Falls--Steve Yaof Ralph Parker. nuszka/Amy Strom; Russell Country Federal Credit Union, Great Falls; Sun River Electric Five-thousand dollars will be donated from Co-op, Fairfield; Thomas Kopp, Great Falls. the proceeds of the tournament for schol- arships to the co-op curriculum program at MSU Bozeman. Additional sponsors: Ameriprise, David Milkovich.

TOURNAMENT RESULTS:

1st place: Flip Zeren, Shawn Zeren, Marty Klinker, Reece Brown

A MESSAGE FROM SENATOR STEVE DAINES

2nd place: Ben McIntire, Taylor Ratliff, Chas Patterson, Andy Passmore

It is critical that we ensure producers have the flexibility they need to adjust to weather conditions and natural disasters. The current conditions in eastern Montana warrant relief from regulations that limit producers’ ability to utilize Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acreage in the best way possible. I was pleased by USDA’s decision to allow impacted producers to utilize CRP acreage for grazing, but I believe the conditions in Montana justify additional relief. I wrote to Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue urging him to grant additional emergency relief for farmers and ranchers, specifically requesting authorization for haying on CRP acreage. On July 10th, USDA announced several additional flexibilities to make it easier to send livestock elsewhere for water and feed, gain access to emergency loan programs and provide for limited haying on CRP acreage. As your Senator, I will continue to advocate for Montana’s farmers and ranchers in Washington, D.C. because I know how important they are to Montana’s livelihood. As we continue to pray for rain in Montana, we must do all we can to loosen the regulatory burdens that tie farmers and ranchers’ hands as they try to do what’s best for their crops, livestock and livelihoods.

3rd place: Nanette Kangas, Patti Koivisto, Everett Koivisto, Barb Bredison Flight 2 1st place: Jack Anderson, Dean Anderson, Randy Howard, Pete Balzarini 2nd place: Eric Picken, Melanie Picken, Becky Skinner, Rich Skinner 3rd place: Morgan Densberger, Jared Lee, Ryan Marsik, Samantha Sharples The event is organized by NW Farm Credit Services, Farmers Union Insurance Co., Jim Parker, Karl Dorr, Montana Electric Cooperatives’ Association (MECA) and the Montana Farmers Union. Eagle Sponsors: 3 Rivers Telephone Co-op, Fairfield and Steel Etc. of Great Falls Hole Sponsors: Blackfoot Telephone Coop, Missoula; Bryant-Arrotta Insurance, Great Falls; Bud Daniels Family, Great Falls, Douglas Wilson & Co., Great Falls; Dutton State Bank; Eagle Beverage; Farmers Union Insurance, Great Falls; Fergus Electric Coop; First Security Bank, Fairfield; Flathead Electric Co-op, Kalispell; GTO Farms, Big Sandy; Hill County Electric/Central MT Communications/Triangle Telephone Co-

The Montana Ag Summit 2017 was a great success thanks to the 700 Montanans who came out to Great Falls to have a Montana family discussion about the future of Montana’s ag industry. Thank you for coming out to hear from our great speakers, including Paul Kanning, owner of TomTilda Farm and a member of the Montana Farmers Union. At the summit, we discussed some of the challenges facing the ag industry, and we know there are many. Yet despite the challenges, Montana farmers and ranchers are resilient and innovative and ag continues to be our state’s number one economic driver. As we continue to face a severe drought in eastern Montana, I am reminded of how our farmers and ranchers continue to support our economy through seasons of plenty and seasons of wanting. 14

Matt Perdue, of National Farmers Union, tours a farm near Dutton during his visit to Montana for the Farm Bill session


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Crops may be sparse this year and coupled with low commodity prices continue to diversify crops as a means to remain financially solvent. There is only so much that crop and disaster insurance can recover. In Montana we are used to dry conditions, but although starting the year with good snow pack and rain in part of the state, it was not widespread and since crops were seeded, conditions have worsened, topped with the extreme heat conditions currently in place. Some commodities seeded on the Northern Highline did not come up in timely fashion from lack of moisture, other areas NE of Great Falls were not planted due to excess rain. 6 counties BY CHRIS CHRISTIAENS P R O J E C T & L E G I S L AT I V E in Eastern Montana were given SPECIALIST permission to open CRP land for In keeping with the National grazing by the USDA. Hay prices Safety Month for July, it is appro- are escalating as ranchers have cut priate timing to remind the public little or no forage for the upcomas to slow down, think through ing winter feeding and the need to daily tasks and to plan ahead for a purchase hay to feed stock. safe harvest in Agriculture country. Harvest is in full swing across Landowners who are interestthe state and with temperatures ed in emergency haying of their in the high 90’s reaching to 100, CRP acres need to contact their fire conditions are considered ex- local FSA office and their local treme. Great caution is urged with Natural Resources Conservation farm equipment operating in dry Service (NCS) staff to obtain a crops and forage as it only takes modified conservation plan that a spark to start a raging flame. would include emergency haying. When mowing, swathing, com- The July 15th date in Montana bining and driving vehicles a hot ends the primary nesting seamuffler, tail pipe or the spark son and individual conservation from a header can lead to disaster. plans take into consideration the needs for wildlife. Those eligible The current and following 2 CRP participants will be able to months are some of the busiest hay their land for their own use for farmers/ranchers and cau- or can grant another producer use tion is the priority when work- of the land for haying purposes. ing in extreme temperatures and The CRP annual rental payments during the hottest hours of the will not be reduced for the acres day. Precaution needs to be fol- which are hayed under this emerlowed to prevent heat stroke and gency authority. The sooner the other complications of heat. Wear forage is cut and put up protects hats, stay hydrated and if possi- the nutritional properties, urging ble change the hours exposed to producers to move quickly. The the heat, perhaps working earlier Montana Department of Agriculin the morning and again in the ture has a list of forage for sale evenings when temperatures are and can be contacted to find hay cooler. for their operations.

It’s never too late to urge caution if using a four-wheeler in and around machinery, livestock and uneven countryside. Remeber to control speeds, wear a helmet and monitor use of such equipment by youngsters.

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Blaine County Glacier County Hill County Liberty County Pondera County Teton County Toole County No one wants to be listed as a staDISTRICT III tistic due to an accident, which in Daniels County Montana continues to be at the Phillips County rate of about one each month. Roosevelt County Sheridan County Valley County

2017 FALL LEGISLATIVE FLY-IN

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Carter County Deer Lodge County Custer County Flathead County Dawson County Granite County Garfield County McCone County Powder River Prairie County Ravalli County Richland County Rosebud County Wibaux County

DISTRICT VI

NFU will host 275 members in Washington, D.C., for the 2017 Fall Legislative Fly-In on September 10-13, 2017. MFU will be sending staff, membership representatives and board members Jan Tusick and Ben Peterson to the Fly-In. During their time in Washington, members will be afforded the opportunity to hear from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, receive briefings from White House officials, U.S. Senate and House of Representatives Committees on Agriculture leadership and meet with their states’ congressional delegation.

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Deer Lodge County Flathead County Granite County Lake County Lincoln County Mineral County Missoula County Ravalli County Sanders County Silver Bow County

DISTRICT V

Beaverhead County Big Horn County Carbon County Gallatin County Golden Valley County Madison County Musselshell County Park County Stillwater County Sweet Grass County Treasure County Wheatland County Yellowstone County


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AG E N T S P OT L I G H T C O N T I N U E D

pride knowing that our agency, and our company Montana Farmers Union Mutual Insurance Company, have a strong understanding and loyalty to the agricultural needs of our insureds. While other companies are moving to percentage deductibles and raising rates our experience and expertise has allowed us to continue to offer coverages that fit our customer’s needs without sacrificing the insured. 5.) Can you share with us a fun fact that not many know about you? I’m a direct descendant of Wild Bill Hickock, and that possibly could be the reason for my love of Texas Hold’em. 6.) What do you like to do in your spare time? I feel like I’ve always been called to serve, be it my country or my community. I was born on June 14, Flag Day, just like our current President. Maybe that has something to do with it? I currently serve on several boards including: the Miles City Youth Baseball Board of Directors; President of the Cow Capitol Babe Ruth League; the First Lutheran Church Board of Directors; Vice President of the Prairie County Chamber of Commerce and Board of Director for the Milestown Community Improvements Inc. I also enjoy playing in our local poker league, bowling league and golf league. Of course all of this when we aren’t hauling and helping kids with their school, sports, and 4H projects.

H E M P C O N T I N U E D F RO M F RO N T PA G E

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ous agencies and officials to allow Montana producers to raise this crop. Farmers sued the DEA and were told by the US District Court Judge that it was under the US Congress and was the proper forum for resolution of the issue. After many years we were successful in getting Industrial Hemp included in the 2014 Farm Bill and urged the USDA to promulgate rules for producers wanting to raise the crop.

when grown in crop rotation, without competing for the best farmland, and finally hemp has a farm value even if not sold as a crop.

This year in Montana one producer is growing the crop with an emphasis on oil production while a second producer is using it in a phytoremediation project to clean up a large hydrocarbon contaminated field. After seeing a crop growing about an inch a day in severe Research shows that the US has been the only dry conditions, I am even more convinced of industrialized nation prohibiting hemp culti- its value as a commodity and am pleased to vation and we have finally achieved the abil- see the crop adding diversity to the agriculity to grow it. For those interested in Hemp ture community. For those history buffs, the farming the following facts may be helpful; Declaration of Independence was signed on Hemp requires 10 to 13 inches of rainfall hemp paper. Stay tuned for further informaor irrigation. Seeding of the plant requires tion about this versatile crop. 200-300 seed/sq. meter to shade out weeds. The seeding time varies as the soil should be between 42 and 46 degrees Fahrenheit. The seed germinates within a week with good temperature and moisture. Harvesting begins at the end of pollen shedding and can grow from 8 to 15 feet in height in a 100-120 days. The three varieties available at the moment in Montana grow between 3 to 4 feet during this growing season. The three States authorized to grow the crop are Minnesota, North Dakota and Montana and we have 10 farmers who have seeded 592 acres this year. These are many uses for hemp. Hemp parts can help with regeneration of soil from fallen leaves with nutrients to use in composting and for bedding. The Seed oil and solids from hemp are healthy and nutritious for both man and animal. The oil is used as the base in paint, solvents, varnish and lubricants and the Hurds are 50% cellulose, paint, fuel, cars, plastics, paper, homes, charcoal, glue and explosives and many other applications. The stalks are made up of long bast fibers held together with lignin glue on the outside and wood-chip like hurds on the inside and can be turned into fuel in a furnace for energy. The Long Bast Fiber of 60% cellulose, textiles, fabric, rope, twine, yarn, canvas, carpet, diapers, brake lining, caulking, paper and thousands other applications. An exciting use is of the roots which anchor and aerate soil, reduce erosion and runoff. The roots pull heavy metalso, toxins and radioactive material from soil and turns them into organic matter.

Industrial Hemp was outlawed for U.S. production following World War II when the cotton growers gained the support of Congress to outlaw its growth. The plant is a member of the marijuana family, is considered a controlled substance and has been illegal to produce in the United States. The bill authorized in Montana includes the production and processing of industrial hemp with less than As a rotational crop the hemp plant stabilizes 0.3% THC as an agricultural crop in Montana. and enriches soil, leaves fields weed-free with For the past 17 years I have worked with vari- the use of pesticides, herbicides or fertilizer

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B Y RO G E R J O H N S O N PRESIDENT N AT I O N A L F A R M E R S U N I O N

It’s been a tough year for many American farmers and ranchers, and unfortunately, there appears to be little improvement. The Senate is gearing up to vote on a health care bill that would strip an estimated 22 million people of coverage, threaten rural hospitals, and increase out-of-pocket expenses. At the same time, the U.S. Department of Justice greenlighted the Dow-DuPont merger, allowing for the creation of the largest agriculture biotechnology and seed firm in the United States. Meanwhile, the EPA’s biofuel volume targets proposal would lower obligations for companies to utilize advanced biofuels, undermining the industry’s growth. However, there are a few bright spots in ag policy; in response to severe drought conditions in the Upper Great Plains, the USDA provided immediate and meaningful relief to family farmers and ranchers by releasing CRP land for emergency haying and grazing. NFU hopes that future farm-related legislation will similarly consider the unique needs and interests of our nation’s food producers. Drought Conditions Persist in Upper Great Plains A severe drought is threatening the feed supply in several states in the Upper Great Plains, including North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, and Minnesota. As hay becomes scarcer, and with no sign of relief, many producers are left with the difficult choice of downsizing their herds, driving hundreds of miles to purchase hay, or finding additional pasture. This, in turn, has flooded

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the markets with cattle, causing prices to de- In late June, NFU President Roger Johnson cline significantly. served as a witness at a hearing entitled “America Speaks Out: How the Republican Health In response to these conditions, the U.S. De- Care Bill Would Devastate Rural America.” In partment of Agriculture (USDA) authorized both verbal and written testimony, Johnson the release of Conservation Reserve Program emphasized his concerns with the legislation. (CRP) land in Montana, North Dakota, and Both bills would cap Medicaid funding, allow South Dakota for emergency grazing. The an- insurers to charge older customers more, cut nouncement came just days after a number of subsidies for younger farmers and ranchers, elected officials, National Farmers Union, and and allow states to opt out of essential health several Farmers Union state divisions urged benefits requirements. As such, these proposUSDA to address severe drought conditions als would significantly increase out-of-pocket in the Upper Great Plains. health expenses. Shortly thereafter, NFU launched an action Two weeks later, at the request of NFU Presi- alert urging Farmers Union members to tell dent Roger Johnson and other agricultural their Senators to vote no on BCRA by calling, leaders, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny sending emails, attending town hall events, Perdue additionally authorized emergen- and posting on social media. cy haying of CRP land in those same three Due to overwhelming dissent from citizens states. Emergency haying and grazing of CRP and Senators alike, a revised version was reland is authorized in areas affected by a severe leased in mid July. Senator McConnell said drought or similar natural disaster to provide he hoped to hold a vote the following week, relief to livestock producers. Given the se- though it remains to be seen if he will lock in verity and duration of the drought, NFU ap- the 50 votes needed to pass the bill. plauded the Secretary for offering meaningful assistance to family ranchers in this region. EPA Proposes Biofuel Volume Mandate Farmers Union Makes Rural Voices Heard In early July, the U.S. Environmental Protecon Health Care tion Agency (EPA) issued its proposed renewable volume requirements under the RenewIn late June, the U.S. Senate was scheduled to able Fuel Standard (RFS) for 2018, the first vote on the Better Care Reconciliation Act renewable energy-related policy proposal re(BCRA), a bill that would repeal and replace leased by the Trump Administration. the Affordable Care Act (ACA). However, on June 27, Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mc- The proposal would maintain the convenConnell announced the vote would be post- tional ethanol mandate at 15 billion gallons. poned until after the Senate returns from its However, it would also lower obligations for July 4 recess, citing the need to amend the bill advanced biofuels, including biodiesel, uland get a new Congressional Budget Office timately setting them 7 billion gallons short (CBO) score after the recess. The announce- of the levels prescribed by Congress in the ment came one day after the CBO projected RFS statute. Conventional ethanol is generally the BRCA would leave 22 million more Amer- made from corn, while advanced biofuels are icans uninsured. made from other biomass, including agriculNFU is opposed to the BCRA and its U.S. tural residues such as corncobs and husks. House of Representatives companion bill, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), as both *** This is an excerpt of the Washington Corwould have serious negative impacts on fam- ner. The column in its entirety can be found ily farmers' and ranchers' ability to access af- at www.nfu.org/corner. fordable health care. 17

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SCENES FROM THE 2017 ARROWPEAK SUMMER CAMP

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Senior Camp

Meet Senior Campers Levi Smoot & Jeri Copenhaver

Teen Camp Levi Smoot and Jeri Copenhaver said friendship is best part of camp

Levi and Jeri took a couple minutes out of their day to visit with us about camp and also their future plans come this Fall. Levi has attended camp for 11 years. this year as a camp dean. He started as a junior camper and will attend the University of Montana majoring in journalism. Levi said friendship is one of his main take aways from attending camp all these years. “Making so many great friends, coming up here, it’s so peaceful - it’s like a second home for me.” This is Jeri’s second year of camp. She graduated from Boulder this year and will attend MSU Northern majoring in Ag Operations Technology with a double major in business. Jeri also echoed Levi’s comment and said she would definitely recommend attending camp and is interested in returning as a dean.“ You come out with a lot of new friends, learn about cooperatives, fishing, archery and that you can have fun without being on your phone all the time.” We wish Jeri and Levi well when attending college this Fall and look forward to their future involvement in Farmers Union!

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