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


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


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

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


ANIMAL ID - 2004
WHEREAS: tracking a foreign animal disease is much different than tracking an individual animal. Disease
can be transmitted by feed, water, soil, individual animal contact, and parasites: and
WHEREAS: feed contamination is one of the common supposed reasons for certain foreign animal
diseases and regulations controlling this problem have yet to be enforced;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: Montana Cattlemen' Association asks a cost benefit risk analysis study be
taken to see if Individual Animal Identification would be beneficial to those who would be paying for the
implementation of the program.

WHEREAS: There is not sufficient evidence to indicate that a new mandatory national identification
system would track livestock any more efficiently or quickly than those identification systems already in
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: The Montana Cattlemen's Association opposes a mandatory national
identification system for cattle.

BE IT RESOLVED: Montana Cattlemen's Association supports working on standardizing a state/tribal
controlled Animal Health Traceback System protocol, but clearly opposes any Animal Health Traceback
System that fails to incorporate existing programs such as Western Brand laws and movement
WHEREAS the Montana Legislature has not authorized the Montana Department of Livestock to facilitate
premises registration; and
WHEREAS the Montana Department of Livestock is actively promoting premises registration,
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Montana Cattlemen's Association recommends that the State of
Montana not actively promote the Premises Registration phase of the National Animal Identification

WHEREAS, individual animal identification or mandatory traceback requiring individual animal identification is another cost burden to producers; and
WHEREAS, there are already traceability avenues through the bangs tags, hot brands, transportation permits, and health certificates;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Montana Cattlemen's Association opposes any mandatory animal health traceback system that fails to incorporate existing programs such as hot brands, OCV, and movement certificates and requires any other individual animal identification.


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