Montana Agriculture Update From Republican Senator Steve Daines

August 8, 2018








                                           Meeting with members of the Montana Farm Bureau Federation

Syndicated by: Montana News


With Montana’s farmers and ranchers facing low commodity prices, the daily challenges of weather, and uncertainty related to trade, it is essential that Congress works to provide certainty where it can. That is why I was pleased to see the Senate pass the Farm Bill in late June with my strong support by a bipartisan vote of 86-11. And just last week, the Senate formally voted to go to conference to reconcile its bill with what has passed the House of Representatives.

This Farm Bill is good news for Montana farmers and ranchers and will help provide certainty for Montana agriculture in these difficult times. I am looking forward to upcoming conference negotiations with the House to get an effective and efficient Farm Bill to the desk of the President as quickly as possible.


Here are a few Montana priorities that I helped secure in the Farm Bill:

• Protected critical safety net programs such as crop insurance and the sugar program
• Provided ag research funding for land grant universities, such as Montana State University and ag research stations across Montana
• Prioritized rural broadband for Montana’s unserved communities
• Created an important vaccine bank to help better respond to animal disease outbreaks
• Strengthened conservation programs that are important to Montana farmers, ranchers, and sportsmen
• Implemented important provisions supporting active forest management



                                                     Meeting with Montana Agri-Women in July


One of the greatest privileges I have as a United States senator is meeting with Montanans in our nation's capital. Over the past couple months, I’ve had the opportunity to discuss agricultural priorities with the Montana Farm Bureau Federation, Montana Agri-women, sugar beet producers, FFA and 4-H students and others. If you have the opportunity to visit D.C., please let me know by contacting my office to schedule a meeting or join me at Montana Coffee. 



With Farm Bill negotiations between the Senate and the House underway, I will work to protect Montana’s priorities and get a Farm Bill to President Trump’s desk as quickly as possible.

In addition, I am urging the Administration to finalize ongoing trade negotiations and pursue new agreements to help our farmers, ranchers and businesses be able to access new markets. Better trade deals are needed to end the growing uncertainty concerning our access to markets overseas. In the meantime, President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue are  developing an aid package for U.S. farmers and ranchers impacted by retaliatory tariffs imposed by other countries. This is helpful but only a short-term solution. 


Article was provided by Steve Daines's office.

Daines is the junior senator from Montana and is a Republican. He has served since Jan 6, 2015. Daines is next up for reelection in 2020.

He was previously the representative for Montana’s at-large district as a Republican from 2013 to 2014.



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