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 2018:

  • National Association of Wheat Growers President Jimmie Musick announced committee assignments for the coming year. MGGA President Michelle Jones was appointed as Vice Chair to the NAWG Domestic & Trade Policy Committee and member of the Operations & Planning Committee. Vice President Lyle Benjamin was appointed to the Environment & Renewable Resources Committee. Congratulations and thanks to both for representing MGGA in these important leadership positions.
  • Jones, Benjamin and MGGA staff participated on several conference calls over the past month providing input to NAWG and congressional staff on evolving trade, regulatory and farm bill issues.
  • Executive Vice President Lola Raska was interviewed for an MSU on-line course entitled “Empowering Women in Ag”. The course will explore the role and contributions of women in agriculture in selected occupational pathways: research, extension, marketing, farming, and administration locally, nationally, and internationally.
  • Former MGGA President Charlie Bumgarner participated in a conference call meeting with Congressman Greg Gianforte as a member of his Agriculture Advisory Committee.
  • Raska and MGGA Helena Lobbyist John Semple met with the Montana Department of Revenue to provide input as members of an informal ag advisory committee on proposed changes in ag land property tax valuation, specifically on the classification of 1-acre homesites and on energy expense submissions for irrigated cropland valuation.
  • Raska and Semple also met with the Montana Department of Agriculture and other stakeholders about setting appropriate financial responsibility requirements for commercial pesticide applicators.
  • Montana Rail Coalition Chairman Lochiel Edwards and former Director Dan Kidd attended the 2018 BNSF Railway Agricultural Products Symposium in Texas.
  • MGGA leaders and staff attended the Policy, Regulation, and Market Access workshop at MSU where featured presenters included Joseph Glauber, Former Chief Economist USDA,     Gary Brester, Professor Emeritus, Montana State University and Randy Fortenbery, Professor, Thomas B. Mick Endowed Chair, Washington State University.
  • The annual Montana MarketManager Online Crop Survey began this month. Stay abreast of what’s going on with grain producers statewide 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. Submit your report at www.montanamarketmanager.org/Weather/Submit a Crop Survey.