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 May 2017:

  • Executive Vice President Lola Raska joined a NAWG state executives’ conference call where each state reported on current crop conditions. Other items discussed included national coalition meetings on farm bill priorities, omnibus appropriations bill status and concerns, tax and regulatory reform proposals, NAFTA renegotiation, pending US-China WTO case, the national wheat yield contest and a mid-year policy fly-in to Washington DC.
  • MGGA and National Barley Growers Association Director Dan Kidd and EVP Raska took part in a conference call with the Montana Wheat & Barley Committee and Montana Department of Agriculture on rail switching fees and potential new markets for Montana malting barley.
  • Vice President Michelle Erickson-Jones participated in a conference call of the NAWG Domestic and Trade Policy Committee. Topics discussed by grower members of the committee included the new variable storage rate on Kansas City wheat futures, NAWG farm bill strategy, ag provisions in the FY 17 omnibus appropriations bill, and multiple recent developments on trade.
  • EVP Raska met with Melody Dobson and Jody Lamp, co-founders of The American Doorstop Project, an effort to preserve and promote historical places, spaces and events that have shaped American agriculture over the past hundreds of years.
  • Senator Jon Tester held farm bill hearings in Lewistown and Glendive. MGGA leaders served as panelists to present priorities important to Montana grain producers.