Farm Bureau Federation’s Annual Convention - KULR-8 Television, Billings, MT

Farm Bureau Federation’s Annual Convention

Posted: Updated:
BILLINGS -

Farmers from all around the state came to Billings for the Montana Farm Bureau Federation's 94th Annual Convention, and the biggest concern is Congress passing the farm bill.

More than 400 Farm Bureau members came to attend workshops from top national speakers.

The Chief Economist for the American Farm Bureau Federation, Bob Young flew in from Washington D.C.

"Farm Bureau is a grassroots organization. The policies that we lobbed for in Washington D.C.,  we don't make up on our own. Folks in the room, and other rooms just like it across the country," said Young.

Young said he wants to get a safety net in place for farmers and ranchers.

"The biggest issue is that we're right on the middle of a discussion on the farm bill writing a new farm law for the United States will provide support on a safety net for U.S. Agriculture for the course of the next 5 years."

The president of the Montana Farm Bureau Federation, Bob Hanson said there's no insurance on livestock or disaster in play right now.

"The biggest problem that probably hurts us is the lack of decision on their part that we're kind of treading in an unknown business side of things," said Hanson.

Hanson also said they will vote on their 2014 agriculture policy which will include

a tax policy, property rights, and grazing issues.

Attendees continue to hope the FARRM bill will be passed before Christmas.

  • LocalMore>>

  • High School Basketball Injuries Need To Be Examined

    High School Basketball Injuries Need To Be Examined

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 6:02 PM EDT2014-04-23 22:02:32 GMT
    A new study showing the number of injuries to high school basketball players is out and some experts hope it leads to some changes on the sidelines.
    A new study showing the number of injuries to high school basketball players is out and some experts hope it leads to some changes on the sidelines.
  • Fruit Prices May Rise This Summer

    Fruit Prices May Rise This Summer

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 5:58 PM EDT2014-04-23 21:58:17 GMT
    The late cold snap could mean less fruit this year.
    The late cold snap could mean less fruit this year.
  • Musselshell County Eyeing River Levels

    Musselshell County Eyeing River Levels

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 8:38 PM EDT2014-04-23 00:38:44 GMT
    As warm weather becomes more prevalent, more people are out and about doing outside activities. However, this warm weather, paired with spring showers causes concern for Musselshell County DES Coordinator Jeff Gates.
    As warm weather becomes more prevalent, more people are out and about doing outside activities. However, this warm weather, paired with spring showers causes concern for Musselshell County DES Coordinator Jeff Gates.