MFU & MCA Joint Mid-Year Meeting

June 14-15, 2012 – Red Lion Inn, Kalispell

Thursday, June 14, 2012

8:00 – 10:00 AM MFU Board Meeting

10:00 – evening Tours – via chartered bus

- Kalispell Kreamery

- Jess Peterson, U.S. Cattlemen’s, speaks on the bus

LUNCH - MCA Speaker —

- Stoltz Lumber, Forestry Experiment Project, Kalispell

- Aqua Algae, Columbia Falls

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DINNER - Dinner in Columbia Falls

- Visit Farmers Market

- Back to Kalispell via bus

Friday, June 15, 2012

8:30 – 9:00 AM Registration

9:00 – 9:15 AM Adam deYong, MT Dept. of Labor

Welcome Remarks

9:15 – 10:00 AM Mark Schiltz, Western Manager, Montana Land Reliance

Farm & Ranch Land Management Planning/Easements

Lindsay Warshaw, Land Link

Beginning Farmer/Rancher Matches: Challenges & Opportunities

10:00 – 11:00 AM Chandler Goule, NFU VP for Government Affairs

Farm Bill Update

11:00 – Noon Bill Patrie, Executive Director, Common Enterprise Development Corp.,

Innovative cooperative businesses

12:00 – 1:30 PM Lunch

Tess Brown, RI Farmers Union, Urban farming

1:30 – 2:30 PM Noxious Weeds/Invasive Species of the Region

2:30 – 3:30 PM Bill Patrie, Cooperative Opportunities: Next Steps & Discovering the

Possibilities

Special thanks to Mission Mountain Food Enterprise and Cooperative Development Center, a

division of Lake County Community Development, for speaker sponsorship and coordination


ANIMAL HEALTH AND WELFARE

SPLIT STATE STATUS - 2007

BE IT RESOLVED, Montana Cattlemen's Association recommends to the Montana Board of Livestock that
they consider a split-state status as accepted by APHIS pending the confirmation of a second case of
brucellosis near Yellowstone National Park; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, Montana Cattlemen's Association and livestock producers should be actively
involved in defining such a region.

BRUCELLOSIS ERADICATION- 2007


BE IT RESOLVED, Montana Cattlemen's Association requests USDA, Parks Service, and APHIS work with
the Montana Department of Livestock and Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks to create a program with the
ultimate goal to eradicate brucellosis in the Greater Yellowstone Area wildlife as quickly as possible.
GYA HERD MANAGEMENT- 2007
WHEREAS, cattle in the Greater Yellowstone Area (GYA) are at greater risk of contacting Brucellosis; and
WHEREAS, there are proven herd management strategies that lesson the risk of contacting brucellosis;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Montana Cattlemen's Association supports the concept of cattle herds
in the GYA adopting whole herd management strategies through the help of local veterinarians and the
Montana State Veterinarian.


ARGENTINA IMPORTATION OF MEAT PRODUCTS - 2009


The Montana Cattlemen's Association supports immediate legislative action to protect rural America from
policies of the Argentine government.

WHEREAS, Argentina is pushing to reopen trade channels into the United States for its meat products
even though Argentina has documented problems with Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD). The Foot and
Mouth Disease Prevention Act was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and in the U.S. Senate
to address this problem; and
WHEREAS, Argentina harmed U.S. businesses and taxpayers by refusing to repay tens of billions of
sovereign debt obligations, despite an ability to repay and court orders to do so. This debt default has
given Argentine farmers and ranchers an unfair trade advantage, has hurt U.S. taxpayers, and has even
harmed U.S. pension accounts-including the country's biggest teacher pension fund. The Judgment
Evading Foreign State Accountability Act was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives to address
this problem.
NOW BE IT RESOLVED, the Montana Cattlemen's Association urges Congress to enact the Foot and Mouth
Disease Prevention Act and The Judgment Evading Foreign State Accountability Act.


BRUCELLOSIS CALFHOOD VACCINATION - 2009

Montana Cattlemen's Association supports the requirement that all cattle imported into Montana must
be calfhood vaccinated for brucellosis

Montana Cattlemen's Association supports the requirement that all cattle imported into Montana must
be calfhood vaccinated for brucellosis

 

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