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 June 2018:

  • MGGA President Michelle Erickson-Jones, Vice President Lyle Benjamin and Executive Vice President Lola Raska took part in multiple conference calls with the NAWG Domestic & Trade Policy and Environmental Resources Committees and the Board of Directors to provide input on details of the Senate Ag Committee farm bill and ongoing trade issues.
  • MGGA EVP Raska participated in a meeting in Bozeman in preparation for a national search for the next Vice President, Dean and Director of the MSU College of Agriculture. The successful candidate will replace Dr. Charles Boyer following his retirement at the end of this year.
  •  MGGA officers Mitch Konen and Lyle Benjamin, along with Montana Wheat & Barley Committee Director Buzz Mattelin and Executive Vice President Collin Watters, attended the summer meeting of the National Barley Growers Association in Idaho Falls. In addition to business meetings and speaker presentations, the group toured the InteGrow Malting Plant.
  • Angela Marshall Hofmann, Deputy Director of Farmers for Free Trade, was in Great Falls to meet with MGGA EVP Lola Raska and Montana Wheat & Barley Committee Trade & Marketing Manager Cassidy Marn and Communications Coordinator Steve Becker.
  • MGGA President Michelle Erickson-Jones was the speaker of the month at the fourth “Voice of Montana Farmers” workshop, hosted by Dr. Hikmet Budak and the Cereal Genomics and Targeted Breeding Program at MSU.
  • MGGA officers and staff conducted numerous radio, television and print interviews on developing trade and farm bill issues.
  • The summer field day season is off and running. We encourage growers to take advantage of opportunities in your area to learn about new research findings and management solutions to ongoing agronomic problems at field days conducted by MSU research centers, county extension offices, NRCS, conservation and grower groups and private industry.