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 January 2018:

  • MGGA exhibited at the 2018 Montana Agricultural Industrial Expo (MAGIE) in Great Falls where directors and staff manned the association’s trade show booth, visiting with members and others about agriculture and MGGA policy. Thank you to volunteers Steve Sheffels, Vince Mattson, Mitch Konen, Nathan Keane, Lyle Benjamin, Warren Lybeck and Lola Raska and to everyone who stopped by to say hello.
  • MGGA sponsored the annual Young Ag Couples Conference in Helena and attended the annual Sponsor’s Luncheon.
  • Staff participated in conference calls with the National Barley Growers Association to review farm policy priorities for upcoming congressional visits and discuss whether changes should be made in how the barley marketing year average price used for farm programs is determined.
  • MGGA President Michelle Erickson-Jones spoke to the REAL Montana Class III during their session in Colstrip where the class spent time preparing for their upcoming national study tour in Washington DC. Michelle’s talk focused on the Farm Bill and other national legislative issues.
  • President Jones participated in a conference call with the NAWG Domestic & Trade Policy Committee to provide input on policy priorities for March meetings in Washington DC.
  • MGGA Treasurer Vince Mattson represented producers as part of a grain panel presentation at the Montana Grain Elevator Association conference in Great Falls.
  • MGGA leaders met with representatives of BNSF Railway to discuss transportation issues important to Montana grain producers.
  • Vice President Benjamin provided an MGGA update to the board of directors of the Montana Grain Elevator Association.
  • Executive Vice President Lola Raska and Helena Lobbyist John Semple attended a Department of Revenue Ag Land Valuation meeting in Helena to discuss agricultural classification and valuation issues prior to the next Revenue & Transportation Interim Committee meeting.