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 August 2017:

  • August is Congressional recess month when members return to their home states to catch up with their constituents. DC staffers frequently take this opportunity to visit in-state with the organization leaders they work with throughout the year. Visitors to the MGGA office included Justin Folsom, DC Ag Legislative Assistant, and Jesse Anderson, Montana Ag Liaison for Senator Jon Tester.
  •  MGGA President Tom Butcher, Secretary Vince Mattson and Executive Vice President Lola Raska met in Helena with Dan Gerig, DC Ag Legislative Assistant, and Alison Vergeront, Montana Ag Liaison for Senator Steve Daines. As a member of the Senate Ag Committee, Senator Daines is in an ideal position to introduce changes to the next farm bill that will help Montana grain producers.
  • Convention plans are underway as we look forward to the busy fall-winter meeting period. See a Save the Date ad in this issue and visit for more details and to register.
  • Organization officers, members and staff provided many radio, television and print publication interviews reporting on harvest conditions. Thanks to our many members who help keep the public informed!
  • Hiroshi Sawada, Chairman and CEO of Tokyo-based Nippon Flour Mills, the second-largest flour milling company in Japan and owner of Pasta Montana since 2000, was in the state along with other company officials for Pasta Montana’s 20th anniversary celebration. At a dinner event in Great Falls, community and business leaders, including MGGA and Montana Wheat & Barley Committee executive directors Lola Raska and Collin Watters, thanked Nippon and Pasta Montana for providing a successful value added market for area durum growers.