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 February 2018:

  • At the winter board meeting of the National Barley Growers Association (NBGA) in Washington, DC, Montana growers were represented by MGGA Director Mitch Konen and MWBC Director Buzz Mattelin. Also attending for MGGA were Vice President Lyle Benjamin, Director Steve Sheffels and Executive Vice President Lola Raska. Participating for MWBC were Director Mike O’Hara and Executive Vice President Collin Watters.
  • MGGA officers and staff were in Washington, DC for joint committee and board meetings of the National Association of Wheat Growers and U.S. Wheat Associates.
  • While in DC, MGGA barley and wheat leaders met with Montana Senators Jon Tester, Steve Daines, and Representative Greg Gianforte and their respective staffs. The barley group also met with officials at the National Ag Statistics Service and with Brooke Appleton, Chief of Staff to USDA Deputy Secretary Steve Censky. The wheat group also met with the agricultural liaison for Representative Donald Norcross, D-NJ, regarding crop insurance and its importance to our growers.
  • MGGA officers and staff conducted several interviews with media about Wheat 102, an event organized by the National Wheat Foundation featuring organizations representative of the entire wheat value chain and targeted toward Congressional staffers, and regarding Wheat Leader and Wheat Advocate awards presented to Montana Senators Steve Daines and Jon Tester respectively.
  • MGGA officers participated in committee and board meetings of the National Association of Wheat Growers during Commodity Classic in Anaheim, CA. During the president’s reception and Wheat PAC auction, Gordon Stoner, Outlook, was thanked for stepping in to serve an additional half year as NAWG President after the sitting president resigned.
  • Executive Vice President Lola Raska participated as a member of Senator Daines’ agricultural advisory committee at a meeting in Great Falls.