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 April 2017:

  • MGGA President Tom Butcher, Lobbyist John Semple and Executive Vice President Lola Raska attended a dinner in Helena sponsored by the Montana Ag Coalition for members of the Montana House and Senate Ag Committees.
  • The annual Montana MarketManager Online Crop Survey began this month. There’s no better place to stay abreast of what’s going on with grain producers statewide than by reading our Crop Survey posted each Tuesday throughout the growing season. Growers report on precipitation, soil moisture, crop condition and growth stage, pest and weed problems and estimated yield potential and harvest date. MGGA invites all members to participate by visiting www.montanamarketmanager.org/Weather/Submit a Crop Survey.
  • National Association of Wheat Growers President David Schemm announced committee assignments for the coming year. MGGA President Tom Butcher has been appointed to the Research and Technology and Joint Biotechnology Committees. Vice President Michelle Erickson-Jones will serve on the Domestic & Trade Policy and Operations and Planning Committees. Thank you to both for representing MGGA in these important leadership positions.
  •  Montana Rail Coalition Chairman Lochiel Edwards and MGGA Director Dan Kidd attended the 2017 BNSF Railway Agricultural Products Symposium in Irving, Texas.
  • At this writing the 65th Montana Legislature is expected to adjourn on Saturday, April 29. Watch your email inbox for a summary of the bills tracked and addressed by MGGA this session.