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 2017:

  • At the winter board meeting of the National Barley Growers Association (NBGA) in Washington, DC, Montana growers were represented by MGGA Director Dan Kidd and MWBC Director Buzz Mattelin. Also attending for MGGA were Treasurer Lyle Benjamin and Executive Vice President Lola Raska. Participating for MWBC were Director Mike O’Hara and Executive Vice President Collin Watters.
  • MGGA Vice President Michelle Erickson-Jones participated in the Wheat Organization Leaders of the Future training program in Washington, DC.
  • MGGA leaders were in Washington, DC for the 2017 Wheat Industry Winter Conference where they took part in committee and board meetings of the National Association of Wheat Growers.
  • While in DC, MGGA barley and wheat leaders met with Montana Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines and their respective staffs. The wheat group also met with the agricultural liaison for Georgia Senator David Perdue.
  • The Montana Grains Foundation board of directors met in Bozeman to attend an open house of Endowed Chair Hikmet Budak’s MSU lab facilities and to meet with MWBC representatives to discuss options for value capture from products and varieties produced by the College of Ag.
  • MGGA was active at the Montana legislature testifying on several bills of importance to grain producer members.
  • EVP Raska spoke to a group of Montana Ag Statistics enumerators about MGGA and about how the NASS data they collect plays an important role in farm policy.
  • Raska participated in a steering committee meeting to discuss details of Senator Daines’ Montana Ag Summit 2017.
  • The MGGA Board of Directors met in Helena for their winter board meeting. Directors adjourned to attend a Senate Ag Committee hearing at the Capitol where MGGA testified on pending legislation.
  • Staff met with Senator Jon Tester’s Washington, DC ag liaison Justin Folsom and state ag director Jesse Anderson in Great Falls.