GRASS ROOTS MONTANA
BY MONTANA FARMERS UNION
Montana Farmers Union, the Next Generation
Montana Farmers Union is dedicated to ensuring there is a spot at the table for the next generation of producers and leaders –and that the next generation feels confident to take it.
“Agriculture is how I grew up, and I think that is one of the most wonderful ways to grow up,” Rachel Prevost said during a panel discussion about youth advocacy during National Farmers Union’s annual convention in March.
Participating in 4-H and FFA taught her many things valuable to her still today, said Prevost, who serves as MFU’s member services director and continues to foster relationships with FFA and 4-H.
“Being able to reach out to clubs and let them know we appreciate the work they do in our rural communities through service –and ask how we can help them further that goal – is always going to be a benefit for the communities and the club. MFU can do so much in terms of building up this next generation of leaders, who are currently investing their time in their communities through programs like 4-H,” Prevost said.
MFU has long been a supporter of FFA and 4-H, including donating a freezer van to School House Meats and Missoula FFA and the Sentence Grant program for 4-H club projects.
A large piece of MFU’s education efforts is Arrowpeak Camp summer programs, and many kids who attend Arrowpeak are also involved in 4-H and FFA.
“4-H and FFA are youth-development-focused programs which use agriculture, leadership, and public speaking as the catalysts towards shaping the youth of tomorrow. Attending Arrowpeak camps is perfect for 4-H, FFA and other youth to explore and improve their skills and passions for agriculture and leadership,” MFU Ambassador Samantha Ferrat said.
The benefits of connecting with MFU go beyond financial support to include perks such as mentorship and learning advocacy skills.
FFA and 4-H senior members also are eligible for a free MFU membership, which gives them access to scholarships, grants, discounts to summer camp programs, leadership and advocacy trainings, real-world advocacy opportunities, and a network of agriculturalists.
“Becoming an active and engaged member in MFU lends endless opportunities for Montana youth. Successful leaders and agriculturists continue to learn and improve while forging new connections and relationships, and Montana Farmers Union makes all of that possible,” Ferrat said.
To take advantage of the membership, email firstname.lastname@example.org for details. To learn more about educational opportunities with MFU, go to www. montanafarmersunion.com/education/.
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Farmers Union Enterprises just donated a third semi load of pork to the Montana Food Bank Network. The food banks of Montana have a higher demand for food now than they did during the peak of the COVID pandemic. During the first couple of years of COVID, funding was available to assist families to purchase food and pay rent. Now some funding has dried up and many families are still struggling to make ends meet. Price gouging by the corporate monopolies has put a squeeze on everyone. Many families are working multiple jobs to pay rent and buy food and clothes – and still come up short each month. Our food banks are filling this need, but they need our help. Farmers Union plans to help by paying the cost of processing any livestock donated to the food bank. If you are interested in donating livestock, contact us at email@example.com to arrange the processing.
There are many ways to resolve food insecurity, but we should first look at how we got here. I have been reading “Closing the Food Gap – Resetting the Table in the Land of Plenty” by Mark Winnie. It is enlightening as well as discouraging. He blames our current situation on President Ronald Reagan for dismantling the safety nets we had in place by cutting $1 billion from food stamps at the same time he eliminated the commodity reserve program that had been in place for more than 50 years. Before food stamps were created, surplus food was distributed directly to the people. Nixon expanded the Food Stamp program and curtailed distributing surplus food directly to the poor.
The 1980s decoupled our farm program, removing production controls and eliminating our food reserves that helped keep a stable food supply at a reasonable price. When commodity prices fell below a target price farmers could put their products into a loan program. The loan would help pay the bills and the bankers, while withholding the commodity from the marketplace forcing buyers to pay the loan price or not get the commodity. If the commodity price had not risen above the loan price by end of the loan period, the farmer could choose to forfeit it to the government held reserve. The government would hold onto the reserve and release it when commodity price increased or provide it to people in need.
Many of us remember getting blocks of cheese bags of flour and potatoes from the government. During the 1980s we moved away from commodity loan programs to commodity marketing programs and did away with production controls, all leading to the largest farm crisis in U.S. history. It also increased farm subsidies. These subsidies benefit corporate suppliers, banks, commodity traders, and railroads but not the family farm. That is why we lost so many family farms in the 1980s.
Reagan created CRP to try to stop the hemorrhaging of the family farm. While the program did help pay off some creditors, overall, it made the situation worse.
The commodity loans, production controls and reserve program cost the taxpayer little and provided a stable market.The commodity marketing program, no limits on production, and subsidies come at a huge expense to the taxpayer and food insecurity remains.
Before the 1980s private food banks and pantries were almost unheard of but, with reduction of food supports and surpluses, nonprofits created food banks and kitchens to try to fill the food gap. Winnie suggests that if the government is going to continue to ignore our food security and to shirk its duty to support the last and least it might be better to create community gardens to help people feed themselves.
Community gardens not only create a more resilient food supply, but also create healthier communities. He shared hundreds of examples of how community gardens not only provided food but also opportunities for people to feel good about themselves as they learned how to grow food to feed themselves.
Regardless of what tact you take, food insecurity remains an issue that needs to be adequately addressed in America.
Farmers Union’s recent donation to MFBN is one way farmers feed Montanans. Montana Farmers Union will continue to form and strengthen partnerships, educate Montanans of all ages, and support community projects and cooperatives that build a more resilient food supply system and more resilient Montana communities.
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Walter Schweitzer, President
Rollie Schlepp, Vice President, Conrad
Jan Tusick, Secretary/Treasuer, District 6, Ronan
Erik Somerfeld, District 2, Power
Jeff Bangs, At-Large Director District 1& 2, Inverness
Tom Clark, District 1, Fort Benton
Brett Dailey, District 4, Jordan
William Downs, District 5, Molt
Ben Peterson, At-Large Director, Judith Gap
Sig Rudie, At-Large Director District 3 & 4, Fairview
Sarah Degn, District 3, Sidney
Walter Schweitzer, President
Matt Rains, Chief of Staff
Jan Johnson, Office Mgr., Assistant Secretary/Treasurer
Kari Kester, Administrative Assistant
Rachel Prevost, Government Affairs Director/ Member Svcs.
Matthew Hauk, Education Director
Heather Wendell, Communications Director
Peyton Cole, Event Coordinator
Jasmine Krotkov, Lobbyist
Alice Miller, Press Relations Specialist
Samatha Ferrat, Membership Ambassador
Eleanor Dutton, Membership Ambassador
Carissa McNamara, Membership Ambassador
Gwyneth Givens, Membership Ambassador
Mary Jenni, Membership Ambassador
Skylar Williams, Membership Ambassador
Dartanion Kaftan, Intern
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IN THIS ISSUE:
The Next Generation
Campers From Yesteryear
Pages 3, 6
Cooperative Update Calendar of Events
MFU Pork Donation
Eastern MT Women’s Conference
MFU Afoot & Afield
Pages 8, 9
MFU Ambassador Updates Farm Bill Renewal Process Memorials
Pages 10, 11
Welcome New Members Page 12
Montana Marinara Madness
NFU Washington Corner Page 15
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CAMPERS FROM YESTERYEAR
When people talk about their time spent at Montana Farmers Union’s Arrowpeak camps, they speak about fun activities and dancing, sure. But more often, they speak about friendships that have long outlasted their summer days spent at the mountain retreat.
“Camp was like a second home to me because I spent most of my summer there. And those other campers and counselors became like family to me,” Maggie Spicher said.
Spicher, who attended and worked at the camp for a total of 16 years, said she has kept in touch with many of the people who she met through the camp. One fellow camper was a bridesmaid in her wedding.
“I loved being up there,” said Spicher, who was the third generation of her family to attend MFU camps.
“It was always good memories up there. It’s got a special place in my heart,” she added.
For more than 60 years, campers from across the state have headed into the Highwood Mountains to enjoy MFU camps at Arrowpeak.
Dartanion Kaftan has spent the past several months preserving historical photos of those decades at the facility during his internship with MFU.
When he worked as a counselor at the camp, he didn’t know much about the facility’s history –that it burned down in 1963, what it looked like before the Rec Hall was built or the Handicraft donated, or that the field was farmed at one point.
“Going through all of the old photos we have of camp is kind of incredible because you really get a full scope of just how much history we have up there. I mean, we still have the negatives from the day Farmers Union bought the Lodge all the way back in the fifties. This camp has seen campers go up every year for the last four or five generations, and I’ve gotten the chance to see parts of that,” Kaftan said.
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Montana Farmers Union is excited for the formation of the Rolling Plains Cooperative headquartered in Circle.This new cooperative will address the logistical needs of small and medium local producers looking to expand into markets further away and more populated. The strength in numbers provided by the cooperative will allow negotiations of larger value-added contracts, cost dispersion on transportation, and strength in buying larger bulk inputs, such as seeds and fertilizer.
Rolling Plains helps create a more vibrant economy in northeast Montana, driven by supporting value-added products by connecting our consumers directly with our agricultural lifestyle. As a resilient memberowned business, they want to bring together northeastern Montana farmers, ranchers, and value-added producers to bolster their economic success and provide consumers easy access to our remote areas’ ag products. Rolling Plains Co-op values pride in community and educating others on how Montanans live and work.
Rolling Plains has a strong Board of Directors comprised of Kacie Sikveland, Josh Johnson, Brittany Allestad, Maggie Johnson, Darlis Nordhagen, and Daren Nordhagen. Their experience is priceless to informing
the producers’ needs and ensuring the cooperative grows while addressing logistical issues and providing streamlined avenues to get products of all varieties to larger markets. The cooperative worked with the Montana Cooperative Development Center (MCDC) to ensure a strong foundation and bylaws which will support growth and expansion over time. MCDC’s oversight was instrumental with following systematic business incorporation procedures and providing necessary guidance on Montana’s laws for a newly formed cooperative.
They believe in the cooperative model to empower local communities to be strong economically, as individuals and businesses, through the quality products available to make financial impacts to their region. The Rolling Plains Cooperative strives to allow for diversity in the types of products that members have available. They will work very closely with consumers of products grown in northeastern Montana. Ultimately, they strive to remove barriers and ensure access to quality marketing opportunities that benefit all members of the cooperative.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS MAY 2023 5-10 Spring Seed Exchange & Membership Gathering Malta 5-12 Ladies Who Ag Luncheon Hamilton 5-17 MFU Book Club Discussion Zoom Call 5-30 Farmers Union Day Camp Chester JUNE 2023 6-18 to 6-22 Junior I MFU Camp at Arrowpeak More information in “Events” at montanafarmersunion.com
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Rolling Plains Cooperative members in January after the first co-op board meeting at Pleasant Prairie Brewery.
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FARMERS FEEDING MONTANANS
The Montana Food Bank Network recently received more than 36,000 pounds of pork, donated by Farmers Union Enterprises and Montana Farmers Union.
The valuable protein resource has already been distributed free of charge to MFBN partners of food banks, food pantries, shelters, schools, and senior centers across Montana.
“Montana Farmers Union is working with Montana Food Bank Network to help feed the families of Montana. Recently we donated a third truckload of pork that was processed in a Farmers Union-owned Redwood Farms pork processing plant. This is our way to help farmers to feed families,” MFU President Walter Schweitzer said.
Farmers Union Enterprises is made up of several businesses, the dividends of which help fund Farmers Union organizations in South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana and Wisconsin as well as Farmers Union Enterprise programs and National Farmers Union.
The donation is one aspect of MFU’s relationship with Montana Food Bank Network that also includes MFU covering the processing costs of
any livestock processed at Montana Premium Processing Cooperative that is donated to Montana food banks and pantries.
“I am also excited to be helping Montana Food Bank Network to raise money to build a new storage and processing facility in Missoula to help with the procurement and distribution of food around the state. This new facility will have a special space dedicated to taking food directly from Montana growers to be repackaged for distribution. This will allow Montana farmers to provide food directly to the food bank network. If you are interested in supporting Montana Food Bank Network, please reach out to let them know,” Schweitzer said.
Montana Food Bank Network’s Vice President and COO Brent Weisgram said the donation couldn’t have come at a better time to help families struggling to keep up with inflation costs.
“It is because of donors like the Montana Farmers Union that I remain optimistic that we will get through these hard times and provide some relief to our neighbors and seniors experiencing food insecurity,” Weisgram said.
EASTERN WOMEN’S CONFERENCE A SUCCESS
More than 35 women enjoyed a weekend of learning and networking during the first ever Eastern Montana Women’s Conference hosted by Montana Farmers Union in Sidney.
“It brought people together in community and celebrating women and agriculture,” said Rachel Prevost, MFU’s member services director.
The inaugural event held in April featured panel discussions on cooperatives, succession planning, and managing stress in agriculture; leadership development; hands-on workshops; and plenty of time to get to know the other attendees.
“People were really excited that there was an event coming to their area,” said Peyton Cole, who planned the conference.
Attendee Darlis Nordhagen attended to reconnect with MFU after watching her mom be involved with Montana Farmers Union and National Farmers Union when Darlis was a girl, as well as network with women in her area.
“Support networks are important for all people, but, in our exceedingly remote area with harsh weather that can be even further isolating, opportunities to network with other
rural women are extremely important to wellbeing,” Nordhagen said. During the conference, Nordhagen was struck by how many resources are available.
“It can feel pretty lonely and overwhelming as a woman farmer and rancher in Eastern Montana. The conference was a reminder that there are many women involved in a vast array of agriculture businesses in Eastern Montana, and there are many resources available for help and inspiration,” Nordhagen said.
Since the conference, Nordhagen already has started utilizing some of those resources, including joining MFU and becoming a member of the Montana Premium Processing Cooperative, as well as tapping into MFU resources for a co-op startup project.
Also during the women’s event, Montana Farmers Union launched the statewide Montana Farmers Union Book Club, adding another option for folks to gather, network, and talk about the importance of family farms.
Because the Eastern MT Women’s Conference was so well-received by the attendees, plans are already in the works for another, Cole said.
“We’re excited to do this next year,” she added.
To learn more about other opportunities and upcoming events through Montana Farmers Union, go to www.montanafarmersunion.com.
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Preserving the photos isn’t just about MFU history, though, Kaftan said.
“It’s as much about the preservation of our story as it is yours. The memories of the games, the crazy costumes, the nights dancing, the friends made, and the fun had are what makes camp important, and that’s what we are preserving,” he said.
This year marks more changes for the facility with the completion of three new cabins, a mini golf course and a greenhouse.
“It is exciting to have more housing so that we can bring such a great experience to more of Montana’s youth,” MFU’s Education Director Matthew Hauk said.
Each year, campers arrive from around the state to enjoy interactive lessons about cooperatives and get to run a camp co-op store for hands-on learning, in addition to other fun activities, such as learning how to line dance and trivia night.
“It’s not just learning about ag or learning about soil or learning about co-ops, but there are a lot of other fun things,” Hauk said.
Spicher remembers having fun learning how to dance and doing other activities, but camp also taught her how to succeed outside of her comfort zone and how to be a leader. Often, the lessons came from other campers and counselors. “Having good counselors showed me what I needed to do,” said Spicher, who also served as a counselor herself.
Abby Clark also learned life lessons at Arrowpeak, including how to delegate and how to be comfortable networking.
Although she didn’t want to go initially, she immediately changed her mind upon arrival and attended camp for years, also becoming a counselor. She remains actively involved in MFU, in no small part because of the relationships formed over her years at Arrowpeak.
“I’m currently at college with some people who I went to Farmers Union camp with. That’s my first memory of meeting them,” Clark said. She might not be a camper anymore, but Clark still has fond memories and long-lasting relationships from her time at camp.
“(MFU programs) really focus on character, and they really focus on those relationships that you carry throughout your entire life,” Clark said.
Montana Farmers Union members can now place a free classified advertisement in each Grassroots edition.
The classifieds are an additional way to connect members with each other.
Submissions should be no more than 25 words and are due by May 15. Send classifieds to communications@ montanafarmersunion.com.
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MFU Summer Camps at Arrowpeak
Junior 1 (ages 8-12): June 18-22
Senior/Teen 1 (ages 13-17): July 9-14
Teen 2 (ages 12-15): July 16-21
Junior 2 (ages 8-12): July 23-27
Mini-Junior (ages 7-9): July 30-August 1
Mini-Junior camp cost is $75/MFU members/$125 non-members. All other camps are $100 MFU members/$150 nonmembers. Annual MFU membership is $50.
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at Montana Premium Processing Cooperative in Havre. Phone or text Vance Butler at 406-390-5946. Pasture Raised Grain Finished BEEF FOR SALE In Fergus County Contact Mary Jenni with Montana Lamb and Beef at 406.380.0051
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MFU IN YOUR COMMUNITY... Membership updates & new benefits
RACHEL PREVOST MEMBERSHIP/GOVT. AFFAIRS DIRECTOR
Montana Farmers Union members are now eligible for a 5 percent discount off their Farmers Union Insurance Automobile Policy! The discount is an extension of the longstanding, positive relationship between Montana Farmers Union and Farmers Union Insurance. We are grateful for the support and efforts that Farmers Union Insurance Agents provide, and we value the partnership in supporting members, family farmers, ranchers, and rural communities.
Who is eligible? When?
• New auto insurance policy holders, who join, renew, or are current members of Montana Farmers Union, are eligible for the 5% discount off their premium immediately as of Jan 15, 2023.
• Clients who renew their auto insurance policy, and join, renew, or are current members of Montana Farmers Union, are eligible for the 5% discount off their premium immediately as of March 19, 2023.
• Call Montana Farmers Union today and find a Farmers Union Insurance Agent close to you! (A full listing of Farmers Union Insurance agents is on the back of this newsletter.)
• Already have Farmers Union Auto Insurance? Call your agent today and learn how you can get this awesome new discount.
Please don’t forget to check out upcoming community events from MFU near you! Our Ambassadors are working hard to provide community gatherings and educational opportunities for members and friends all over the state. Reach out to myself or any of our Ambassador team members if you have an idea on how MFU can support your community!
We have had a recent change on one of our membership benefits. For the Bozeman Comfort Inn, our new membership benefit is now a 15% discount on rooms booked. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about this updated benefit, or how to utilize any of our other awesome community or retail benefits.
Finally, Montana Farmers Union is always working on new and innovative ways to provide a space for MFU members and friends to gather and talk about family farms and the things important to our rural communities. We have recently launched the Montana Farmers Union Book Club! This farm-centric book club will include guided Zoom (and hopefully some in-person) discussion opportunities to talk about the books, meet other book club members, and, sometimes, even the author of the book!
Following the conclusion of the first book club discussion, Montana Farmers Union will announce the next book selection! Registration for the Book Club will always be open, and you can find current book club selections at our website. While it’s not necessary to be a MFU member to be a Book Club member, being a MFU member gives you access to complimentary copies of future book selections.
Happy Spring! I hope calving and lambing are going well and that the spring planting season goes well too. We look forward to seeing you soon at one of our upcoming events!
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MFU AFOOT & AFIELD
Montana Farmers Union is a statewide grassroots organization working for family farmers, ranchers , & rural communities through: Cooperation - Education - Legislation
Additional projects and prioriteis include:
• Preserving Gamily Garms, Ranches & Opportunities for Youth in Ag
• Support Production Agriculture and Equitable Trade
• Defend Water Rights & Water Quality
• Advocate Ethanol, Biofuels, Alternative Energy
• Promote Food Safety & Food Security
Membership has its benefits!
• Hotel & Rental Car Discounts
• Brand Discounts - Such as Cabelas & Boot Barn
• Discounts on MFU Programs, Youth Camps & More
• Discount on Farmers Union Insurance
Montana Farmers Union Legislative Priorities Recap 68th Legislative Session
Montana Farmers Union weighed in on a variety of bills during the 68th Montana Legislative Session based on MFU’s grassroots member-written policy that focuses on family farmers, ranchers, and rural communities. MFU took official stances on many bills, including water rights, public education, land use, voting rights and more. Below is a report on MFU’s Top Legislative Priorities.
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN LABELING
HB 350 Montana Country of Origin Placarding Bill, sponsored by Rep. Frank Smith (HD 31): Killed in the House Agriculture Committee on an 8-11 vote, the bill asked retailers to post a placard by beef and pork product displays, indicating whether the beef and/or pork was “born, raised, and processed in the U.S.A”, or “Imported/Origin Unlabeled.”
Proponents included: Montana Farmers Union, Northern Plains Resource Council, Montana Cattlemen’s Association, Montana Organic Association, National Farmers Organization, and Montana farmers, ranchers, and consumers. Opponents included: Montana Farm Bureau Federation, Montana Stockgrowers Association, Montana Chamber of Commerce, Montana Retailers Association.
As a result of the bill being killed, Montana consumers still won’t know for sure if their meat is truly born, raised, and processed in the U.S. – or merely packaged in the U.S. – and Montana ranchers still won’t receive full credit for their high-quality product.
House Resolution (HR) 6 urged Congress to pass mandatory Country of Origin Labeling for beef and pork. This resolution was brought forward by Rep. James Bergstrom. Rep. Bergstrom did vote
in favor of HB 350, and we thank him for his support of the measure. There is strong momentum at the federal level with the American Beef Labeling Act, and MFU looks forward to continued advocacy on this measure in Congress.
AGRICULTURAL RIGHT TO REPAIR
HB 475 sponsored by Rep.Tom France (HD 94) and SB 347, sponsored by Sen. Willis Curdy (SD 49): Both bills were tabled in committees, and would have provided farmers, ranchers, and independent repair providers fair access to the software and tools necessary to fully repair agricultural equipment, which equipment manufacturers currently refuse to allow farmers and ranchers to access.
Proponents included: Montana Farmers Union, Northern Plains Resource Council, Montana Cattleman’s Association, Ron Harmon of Big Equipment in Havre, USPIRG, Repair.org, and other right to repair advocates. Opponents included: Montana Equipment Dealers Association, Montana Farm Bureau Federation, the Montana Auto Dealers, and several farm equipment dealerships in Montana.
The Montana Legislature’s failure to act on the issue leaves the hands of Montana farmers, ranchers, and independent repair mechanics tied by corporate control.
In comparison, Colorado recently passed legislation to give producers the tools they need to fix their own equipment.
MFU President Walter Schweitzer issued the following statement regarding this exciting news: “I am ecstatic about the news of the
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passing of Right to Repair in Colorado.This will provide an opportunity for all producers and independent repair shops across America to be able to buy the tools to repair our own farm equipment without being held hostage to the equipment manufacturers.”
Rocky Mountain Farmers Union lead the effort with the help of Farmers Union members from around the country, including Montana.
LOCAL FOOD SYSTEM RESILIENCY
The Montana Food Promotion bill, SB 537 sponsored by Sen. Jason Small (SD 21): Despite being positively received, the bill was tabled on an 8-4 party-line vote by the Senate Taxation Committee. Many Montana direct-to-consumer producers have faced barriers when trying to access market shelf space for their products. This bill would have allowed retailers to deduct the cost of Montana-made foods at the time of purchase instead of at the time of sale – which means they can keep Montana products on the shelves – and deduct the sales of Montana foods from their tax liability. This bill would have allowed Montanans to learn more about products being produced in their local communities and provide more choices, while providing a voluntary tax incentive to retailers. The bill also would have helped level the playing field for family farmers, ranchers, and direct-toconsumer producers so their products can compete on grocery shelves.
Proponents of the bill were: Montana Farmers Union, Northern Plains Resource Council, Western Montana Growers Coop, and individual farmers and ranchers who grow and raise direct-toconsumer products.
Montana Farmers Union continues to advocate for competitive market access and opportunities for family farmers, ranchers, and rural communities, as well as building up local and regional food systems.
AGRICULTURAL DATA HARVEST
HB 966 was sponsored by Rep. Katie Sullivan. HB 966 introduced many legislators to the issue of farmers’ data being harvested – often without farmers’ knowledge – every time they or custom farmers use precision ag equipment. Legislators’ interest was piqued, but the bill was killed in the House Agriculture Committee on an 8-10 vote, with most republicans voting to kill it. The bill would have required anyone collecting data through precision ag to inform farmers and allow farmers to opt out. The bill also required that collected data be released immediately to the Montana Department of Agriculture to eliminate the opportunity for insider information that could be used to manipulate commodity markets.
Data collected from farmers should not be used to take advantage of farmers. We are working with Rep. Sullivan on an interim study, as the committee expressed interest in learning more.
To learn more about Montana Farmers Union’s legislative efforts on behalf of Montana’s family farmers and ranchers and rural communities, go to montanafarmersunion.com/legislation/.
Author Sarah Vogel will join Montana Farmers Union Book Club members for a live Zoom Q&A and discussion of her book, “The Farmer’s Lawyer,” during the club’s first meeting in May.
The statewide book club launched in April, and Vogel’s book is the first selection.
Vogel will join club members to discuss her book during the club’s first meeting via Zoom at 7 p.m. on May 17.
MFU Member Services Director Rachel Prevost said she’s excited for participants to read the first book selection and connect with each other.
“Sarah has been a forever advocate for family farmers and ranchers, and we thought, ‘What better way to kick off a farmcentric book club,’” Prevost said.
Prevost encouraged book club members to attend the first meeting, regardless of whether they have finished the book, to connect with other club members.
Following the conclusion of the first book club discussion, Montana Farmers Union will announce the next book of the book club and the timeline for the next selection.
Registration for the Montana Farmers Union Book Club will always be open to members, friends and the public. You can learn the current selection the book club is reading at MFU’s website .
While it’s not necessary to be a MFU member to be a Book Club member, being an MFU member gives you access to complimentary copies of future book selections.
Go to https://montanafarmersunion. com/MFU-bookclub/ to learn more and register ahead of May 17 or for future selections.
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MFU AMBASSADOR UPDATES
In recent conversations, fellow ranchers and farmers have asked me why I joined Montana Farmers Union and why they should. I love this question, but it makes me nervous –nervous about saying the right thing, as there is so much to explain about what our organization does and provides. My response goes something like this:
MFU is dedicated to supporting and advocating for family farmers and ranchers through member-created policy used to direct efforts during legislative sessions, as well as providing relevant educational programs for youth and adults locally and statewide. MFU additionally strives to cultivate a strong sense of community and supports local food systems.
Our member benefits are certainly something to talk about too! Benefits include grant funding, scholarships, insurance benefits, Boot Barn, hotel and rental car discounts, leadership and advocacy training and so much more. (Check out complete benefits on our website today!)
What sets MFU apart is the true advocacy for agriculture and passionate support for rural communities and member-driven policy. I have witnessed all of this in action as a member before I became an ambassador. These values and actions inspired me to serve as an MFU ambassador to continue the momentum throughout my membership area.
Now it’s my turn to ask – what are you waiting for? There is no better time than now to be an active member in a true grassroots organization that works for you, its members, and the future of agriculture. Let’s collaborate to improve our livelihoods and agricultural pursuits. My door is always open, or call anytime at (406) 949-0869.
I asked myself this question several times this legislative session while we were calling on members for their testimony and while preparing my own. I circled around cliches like, “Because, it’s the right thing to do,” and, “Because, I’ve got a bee in my bonnet,” or, “Because, actions speak louder than words,” and even, “Because it’s worth it in the end.”
But it was after chatting with one of our young members at a chamber meeting, that I remembered the power of testimony. She spoke optimistically, hopefully, and passionately about democracy. She made me remember that it requires unfettered engagement for a healthy, diverse, and full-circle democracy. Voting is action step No. 1. It’s the first pitch; you got the team on the field. What happens next is not a spectator sport.
That Montana Farmers Union made certain we did not stand alone during the testimony process helped me and others to take the next steps and fully engage. We had testimony guidance, support, and education to help us craft why the issues matter to us on our operations and why they should matter to legislators and other Montanans as well.
Because watching others testify was powerful, educational, and inspiring. Giving my own testimony made me realize how essential we are in educating our leaders about agriculture and what we face in rural communities – and because young optimistic, hopeful members are watching and learning how we engage democracy.
Eleanor Ferrone Dutton
With no snow piles left in sight and budding cottonwoods lining the Yellowstone, I am so thankful that the long months of winter are at a close. Looking forward to this spring and summer, I am energized by the MFU work on my horizon. Specifically, the partnership that I am building with the Miles Community College Ag program. After brainstorming with the MCC Ag Director, ideas for the fall semester are materializing:
• Create a mentorship program between MFU members and MCC Ag students, with the goal of providing students the opportunity to seek advice, information, and hands-on experience;
• Schedule tours of different operations, hosted by MFU members, to provide a learning experience that is outside of the classroom;
• Invite MFU members and other guests to speak during MCC classes about their operations; and
• Host membership gatherings on the MCC campus that are open to students.
The goal of partnering with MCC is to help provide their students with resources, tools, and the confidence to succeed in the Ag industry after graduation. Education, as one of the MFU pillars, is a bridge that helps connect people of all ages and abilities. This growing partnership will give MFU members the opportunity to directly impact Ag students at MCC – both inside and outside of the classroom.
If you are in the Southeast/ East region and are interested in becoming involved in this partnership, please do not hesitate to contact me at edutton@montanafarmersunion. com.
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Central Montana Mary Jenni
In what KEY do cows sing? Beef Flat (ha ha)
I love to plan events and parties. With that said, a month ago I casually mentioned to my significant other that I wanted to hold an event for Montana Farmers Union at his ranch. It would be a small group, 20-30 people. Being his normal, agreeable self, he said, ‘Sure, let’s do it!’ The event was on April 8, and we hosted 120 people from three counties. The event focused on sourcing food locally, the family ranch operation, and Montana Farmers Union. To me, the overwhelming response in attendance is an indicator that consumers want to know more about where their food comes from and about what Montana Farmers Union offers. I am thrilled to share with these guests how sourcing local food is affordable and doable and enthusiastic about sharing Montana Farmers Union opportunities.
My region covers five counties: Fergus, Judith Basin, Petroleum, Phillips, and Wheatland. The distance from the top of Phillips County to the bottom of Wheatland County is around 300 miles so getting everyone at one event is unreasonable. To accommodate the distances, I have a seed swap party scheduled in Malta on May 10. I am working to cultivate strong relationships with our members and agricultural families all over the Central Montana Region.
Through these events, I am most looking forward to meeting existing and potential MFU members and having some great conversations.
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Greater Yellowstone Skylar Williams
These past few weeks I have been working with local elementary schools to try and set up a school garden so kids can grow their own fruits and vegetables. I attended an in-person Farm to School producer training session in Hardin hosted by the MSU Nutrition Team at the school. The training provided insight into what is required to try and sell local farm and ranch produce. It made me want to see what schools already engage in Farm to School. Hardin has a couple local growers that provide vegetables, and seeing that, I wanted to find growers in Yellowstone County who might be interested in a “Meet your Farmer” day where they could share a little bit about who they are and what they do.
Grant opportunities for the kids is also something I’ve been letting the schools know about with my visits, along with potential sponsorships and working with the Billings Chamber maybe even on a Farm Tour!
We have membership meetings set up for Yellowstone/Bighorn counties, with Yellowstone to be held April 20 and Bighorn County on April 27. I will be in touch soon with other opportunities to connect!
In Memoriam-April-May 2023
Farm Bill Renewal Process Ramps Up
Congress has a deadline of September 30 to finalize a Farm Bill, and legislators already are engaging constituents about what a strong Farm Bill should include.
A timely finalized Farm Bill is crucial to both producers and communities. More than 27,000 Montana producers rely on Farm Bill programs to continue providing necessary food, fiber and fuel. In Montana alone, agriculture supports more than 215,000 jobs.
Montana Farmers Union members outlined priorities to include in the Farm Bill during their 2022 annual convention.
Those priorities include:
• Strengthen the farm safety net through increased price-based triggers to reflect higher prices and input costs,
• Expand and enhance permanent disaster programs so that family farmers and ranchers can recover quickly,
• Expand conservation programs to help family farmers and ranchers enhance good conservation practies and address the climate crisis,
• Promote resilient regional food systems and diverse markets,
• Support a strong Nutrition Title, and
• Increase baseline funding.
To learn more about MFU legislative priorities, go to https:// montanafarmersunion.com/legislation/ or visit https://nfu.org/policy/.
Stay tuned for more information from Montana Farmers Union and about how to get involved as the process unfolds by signing up for e-news updates, including MFU’s weekly Boot Up, at https://montanafarmersunion. com/contact-us/, by calling 4526406, or emailing communications@ montanafarmersunion.com.
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Mrs. Leon (Nellie) Cederberg, Great Falls Henry Armstrong, Geraldine Wayne Day, Ulm
James Murdock By-Pass Trust, Malta
William Murdock, Loring
Sarah Boucher, Miles City
Lou Phillips, Miles City
Les & Carol Metzger, Glendive
The Vegge Family Trust, Glasgow
John Heitz, Missoula
Levi & Amel McEuen, Broadus
Ereth Land & Cattle, Outlook
Steve & Tammy Olson, Culbertson
Norman Farms Inc, Spokane Valley, WA
Tracy & Sue Somerfeld, Vaughn
Ty & Tammy Schwend, Bridger
JCM Enterprises Inc, Dana Point,CA
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Ron & Blayne Watts
Ron & Blayne Watts
Ron & Blayne Watts
Marvin & Karen Wallace, Terry Ron & Blayne Watts
Giacometto Ranch Inc., Broadus
Elaine & Robert Bawden, Culbertson
Bob & Janice Holen, Wolf Point
William & Kari Murch, Nashua
Robert Bold, Winifred
Paul & Whitney Brady, Froid
Edwin Lee Lockwood, Lewistown
Steve Sessions, Worden
Jan & Liana Peters, Froid
Michael & Alice Miller, Sand Coulee
Connie Skiftun, Helena
Derek & Shelby Allen, Three Forks
Douglas Atkins, Hardin
O Bar Land Co Inc, Malta
Nancy Birch, Sprague WA
Kalbfleisch Rentals LLC, Kalispell
Chris & Denise Goodwin, Plains
Ray Hart, Polebridge
Don & Judith Kirby, Corvallis
Steven & Cheryl Welty, Corvallis
Smyth Family Rev Living Trust
Daniel & Charitie, Dillon
Ethean Johnston, Deer Lodge
Laura Williams Trust, Overland Park, KS
Trent & Holly Stoltz, Pompeys Pillar
Kellie Kahtani, Butte
Justin & Emilie Vetch, Shelby
Stacy Gasvoda, Simms
K J Fauth
Marty Earnheart, Helena MFU Office
Kim Woodring, Cut Bank MFU Office
Mariana Azevedo, Cut Bank MFU Office
Jill Degn, Williston ND MFU Office
Mackenzie Brosious, Hamilton MFU Office
Lily Rhinehart, Whitefish
Ellen Mering, Whitefish MFU Office
Holly Russell, East Helena MFU Office
Alisha Hadfield, Jefferson City
Sophie Nelson, Great Falls
Adam & Kymber Carney, Scobey
Danny & Cindy Barcus, Cut Bank
Vosen Farms Inc., Havre
Andrew Manley, Kalispell MFU Office
Justin & Emilie Vetch, Shelby Gary Blonde
Stacy Gasvoda, Simms Ryan Rominger
Debe Brady, Belgrade Farm to Table-Hardin
Katherine & Zach Dawe, Belgrade Kyle Gavin
Tyree & Kerry Larmer, Molt MFU Office
Teresa & Alan Young, Buffalo Anna Jones-Crabtree
Derek & Tracy Mahlum, Great Falls Patricia Reeves
Tim Brunner, Power Erik Somerfeld
Susan & Thomas Tuman, Belt Aeric Reilly
Kacie & Rex Sikveland, Circle MFU Office
Matthew & Carla Hauk, Great Falls MFU Office
Kyle Tschetter, Great Falls Kyle Tschetter
Kevin & Ashley Taggart, Great Falls Kyle Tschetter
Lauren & Matt Brusati, Great Falls Kyle Tschetter
Spencer Ratliff, Fairfield Kyle Tschetter
Ryan Tschetter, Great Falls Kyle Tschetter
Lonnie & Patricia Dalke, Great Falls Kyle Tschetter
Kaci Mitchell & Eric Hinebauch
Zachariah Griffith, Great Falls
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MONTANA SCHOOLS CELEBRATE MARINARA MADNESS MONTANA
Montana students are enjoying a new local food product on their menus this spring, called Montana Marinara.
Montana Marinara is the result of a partnership between the Northwest Food Hub Network and the Montana Office of Public Instruction to bring nourishing food to schools and support investment in the state’s small farms and their communities. The marinara is a win-win-win product that benefits schools, producers, and the local food economy.
The sauce is made at Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center in Ronan and features locally grown butternut squash, carrots, and onions, offering a nutritious and price-conscious product. More than 150 school districts ordered Montana Marinara this school year and will be incorporating the sauce into their existing menus.
To assist schools in celebrating Montana Marinara and local food in schools, Mission West created a “Marinara Madness” toolkit filled with sample newsletter and social media language, menu and taste test ideas, and outreach tips. Mission West had the opportunity to see Marinara Madness in action during several school visits, including Anderson School in Bozeman, Somers Middle School, and Hardin Middle School.
“Montana Marinara has been a great project to be a part of,” said Ian Barry of Lowdown Farm in Moiese. “Not only do we love putting delicious local food into our school systems but reliable markets like the Farm to School program gives us the security of a guaranteed sale and an outlet for produce that might otherwise be composted due to aesthetic standards.”
Montana Marinara is available to K-12 school districts that participate in the National School Lunch Program. It is the first in a line of valueadded products designed with schools in mind by Northwest Food Hub Network— a new network of three food hubs in Montana and Washington, which includes the Western Montana Growers Cooperative in Missoula. Schools across the state will again have the opportunity to order the product for the 2023-2024 school year with support for distribution provided by the Montana Office of Public Instruction.
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NEWS FROM THE HILL
to be addressed in the upcoming Farm Bill. I will continue to advocate for drought and disaster relief programs and crop insurance that will assist Montanans in the wake of natural disasters. Severe drought, flooding, and wildfires have the ability to upend generations of Montana ag producers’ tireless work in a moment’s notice. These hardworking men and women help feed people throughout the world, and they deserve a fair shot at maintaining their livelihood.
go to impose big government regulations on Montanans.
From out-of-touch federal rulings to the late harsh winter conditions experienced across the State of Montana, farmers and ranchers throughout the Treasure State continue to prove their resiliency through their consistent contributions to Montana’s ag economy.
Discussions regarding the 2023 Farm Bill are continuing to ramp up, and I am meeting with men and women around the state to hear their concerns and priorities that need
As planting season takes hold, I’m hopeful for greener pastures, better yields, and most importantly – your feedback as we continue to craft the upcoming Farm Bill.
I know that working families are feeling the effects of rising costs across the board, and too often folks in Washington, D.C., don’t understand life in places like rural Montana. That’s why it’s so important I hear directly from you as we fight to keep production ag strong in the Treasure State.
Earlier this year I hit the Hi-Line and eastern Montana with folks from MFU and other leading ag groups to listen to local producers from around the state as we begin work on the next Farm Bill. From Havre to Plentywood, Glasgow, and down through Sidney, I was able to hear directly from producers about what they need in the upcoming bill.
Between four public farm bill listening sessions – in Glasgow, Plentywood, Sidney, and Havre – I heard a lot.
Risk management tools like Price Lock
The Biden administration’s Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule would place unnecessary regulations on farmers, ranchers and private property owners throughout Montana and the U.S., despite the clear message from Congress that enough is enough. I helped lead the fight against the administration with a formal challenge to revoke the new WOTUS rule, and it passed the Senate on a bipartisan vote. But to no one’s surprise, President Biden vetoed the measure. It shows just how far he’s willing to
When it comes to weather patterns in Montana, it’s no secret that conditions remain notoriously unpredictable. Spring snowstorms and cold snaps can be incredibly challenging for Montanans in every corner of the state who are calving this time of year. Keeping calves warm enough in harsh winter conditions and trying to build up their immune systems amid drastic temperature fluctuation is tough. I commend the tireless efforts of our farmers and ranchers as they maintain their livelihood and help feed people throughout the world.
I’ll keep up the fight in Washington to ensure Montana farmers’ and ranchers’ voices are heard and their needs are met. It’s an honor to serve Montana as your United States Senator and if there is ever anything I can do for you, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Coverage (PLC) and Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) are working, but it’s time that we boost PLC reference prices. Disaster relief programs like the Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-raised Fish (ELAP) and the Livestock Forage Program (LFP) are making a real difference, but folks need more flexibility if they’re facing severe storms and devastating droughts.
And we need to double down on trade programs that promote American goods abroad so that folks have markets for their products.
But the thing that stood out to me the most after talking face to face with Montana’s producers, was the need to restore competition in the marketplace.
We passed the Packers and Stockyards Act more than 100 years ago, yet somehow the meatpacking industry is more consolidated now than it was back then. Four packers control more than 80% of the beef industry, and Montana’s ranchers are being forced to
take less while consumers are being forced to pay more. With your help we’re going to put a stop to it, and make sure that folks in Montana are getting a fair shake.
I want to thank MFU President Walter Schweitzer for joining me on the Farm Bill tour, and I also want to hear from MFU membership about what you need in the upcoming Farm Bill. So, please, get ahold of my office, or go directly to tester.senate. gov/farmbill to tell me what you need as a producer. My Farm Bill listening session tour is far from over, so stay in touch, and I hope to see you in person at the next one.
Jon Tester, U.S. Senator
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Steve Daines, U.S. Senator
YEAR-ROUND E15; LOWCARBON, HIGH-OCTANE FUELS
Throughout March, there have been several developments in Congress and from the Biden Administration that will have major implications for the production of biofuels in the years ahead.
On March 1, the EPA approved petitions from eight states to allow for year-round sales of E15, starting in 2024. The proposal covers petitions from Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. NFU has urged the Biden Administration to allow E15 usage for the upcoming summer driving season, as was done last year. NFU continues to advocate for higher blends, such as E30, for greater reductions in air pollutants while increasing octane.
Over on Capitol Hill, two key pieces of legislation have been reintroduced in the 118th Congress. On March 14, Sens. Deb Fischer (R-NE) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act of 2023. This legislation will enable the yearround, nationwide sale of E15 and permanently extend the Reid vapor pressure (RVP) volatility waiver to ethanol blends above 10 percent, providing nationwide uniformity across U.S. fuel markets. Reps. Adrian Smith (R-NE-03) and Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA-01) are leading companion
legislation in the House. NFU endorsed this legislation in the 117th Congress and is pleased with its quick reintroduction.
On March 22, Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) announced the reintroduction of the Next Generation Fuels Act, with Rep. Miller-Meeks sponsoring the House companion. This legislation establishes a minimum research octane number (RON) standard of 98 for gasoline, requires the added octane value to reduce carbon emissions by at least 40 percent compared to regular gasoline, and incentivizes vehicle technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase fuel economy.
NFU will pursue the passage of both bills this Congress. NFU supports efforts to expand the production and sale of E15, while noting use of higher-level blends of ethanol, like E30, would add additional benefits to the economy, the environment, and America’s farmers.
USDA ANNOUNCEMENTS: “PRODUCT OF USA” LABELING, MEAT AND POULTRY PROCESSING
Over the past month, USDA made a string of announcements advancing the Biden-Harris Administration’s Action Plan for a Fairer, More Competitive, and More Resilient Meat and Poultry Supply Chain, as well as the efforts
at USDA to boost competition and expand domestic production in the fertilizer industry.
Under a proposed rule issued by USDA on March 6, the voluntary “Product of USA” label will now require all steps in the production chain occur in the U.S. in order for a meat or egg product to bear the label. Secretary Vilsack announced this rule while speaking at NFU’s national convention in San Francisco.
The current rules for the label allow meat from animals that spent some of their lifespan outside of the U.S. to be labeled as “Product of USA,” which runs counter to consumer expectations from such a label. While this new rule is a not a replacement for mandatory country-of-origin labeling, it is a major step in the right direction. NFU continues to advocate for mandatory COOL legislation, like the American Beef Labeling Act, to provide consumers with the information they seek about their food and the opportunity to American farmers and ranchers to convey that information clearly, accurately, and consistently.
USDA also announced nearly $200 million in investments to increase independent meat and poultry processing capacity. The investments were announced as part of the Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program (MPPEP) and the Meat and Poultry Intermediary Lending Program (MPILP). The programs
are aimed at helping processors increase capacity and finance independent processing startups. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) also announced investments into meat and poultry processing research, focused on developing and deploying emerging technologies and making applied research more accessible to independent producers, cooperatives, and worker associations.
As part of USDA’s Fertilizer Production Expansion Program (FPEP), USDA announced a $29 million investment to help increase production of Americanmade fertilizer, as part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s efforts to spur competition, provide U.S. farmers with more choices and fairer prices, and reduce dependence on foreign fertilizer sources, such as Russia and Belarus.
In May 2022, amidst robust demand, President Biden directed USDA to increase the program from $250 million to $500 million. USDA received nearly $3 billion in applications for crop years 2023 and 2024. As fertilizer prices have skyrocketed due to a lack of competition in the industry and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the FPEP program will be critical to ensuring the long-term availability of American-made fertilizer for farmers.
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