Working for You

Each month we provide some key areas where MGGA leaders and staff have been working on your behalf. Here is a sampling of important issues and activities for June 2017:

  • The MGGA Board of Directors met in Great Falls for their summer board meeting and annual golf tournament held this year in conjunction with the 2017 Montana Ag Summit.
  • MGGA leaders had several opportunities to share Montana priorities during the Montana Ag Summit in small group meetings with USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue, Senate Ag Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, and Montana Senator Steve Daines.
  • MGGA Secretary Vince Mattson was a guest on KRTV’s ‘Face the State’ where he discussed issues brought up during the MT Ag Summit.
  • Executive Vice President Lola Raska met with Montana Department of Agriculture Director Ben Thomas to discuss proposals for the 2018 Farm Bill.
  • MGGA Vice President Michelle Erickson-Jones took part in conference calls with the NAWG Board of Directors and Domestic Policy Committee to review and debate new proposals for the 2018 Farm Bill.
  • MGGA Director Dan Kidd and Executive Vice President Lola Raska, along with Montana Wheat & Barley Committee Director Buzz Mattelin and Executive Vice President Collin Watters, attended the summer meeting of the National Barley Growers Association in Minneapolis. In addition to business meetings and speaker presentations, the group toured the Rahr Malting Company facility in Shakopee, MN.
  •  MWBC Director Buzz Mattelin, Culbertson, was elected to a two year term as Vice President of the National Barley Growers Association at their summer board meeting in Minneapolis. Dwight Little, Teton, Idaho, was elected President.
  •  MGGA leaders Lochiel Edwards and Dan Kidd conducted a workshop on rail freight pricing and calculation of Revenue/Variable Cost ratios using the Surface Transportation Board’s Uniform Rail Costing System (URCS).