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



EDUCATION - TAXATION - LEGISLATION

Shortage of Food Animal Veterinarian Graduates - 2003

WHEREAS: there is a significant shortfall in the number of food animal veterinarian graduates to service
the livestock production areas of the United States, and 20
WHEREAS: livestock producers rely on their local veterinarians for guidance to insure food and product
safety, herd management and disease control, and
WHEREAS: animal welfare issues and the increasing public scrutiny of humane care and management of
livestock is often closely related to emergency veterinary attention, and
WHEREAS: the physical nature of the work as well as accrued indebtedness tends to divert many capable
graduate veterinarians away from food animal practice, and
WHEREAS: the increased complexity of pharmaceutical and biological product use requires veterinarian
supervision, and
WHEREAS: veterinarian practice can involve long travel distances and extended absence from their clinic
in rural areas, a demand for multi-veterinarian staffed clinics is created.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: the Montana Cattlemen's Association encourages colleges of Veterinary
Medicine to vigorously pursue recruiting and training students with the aptitude and desire to fill the
increasing void of food animal veterinarians.

ESTATE TAX - 2010

BE IT RESOLVED, the Montana Cattlemen's Association supports exempting the first $10,000,000 on individual estate valuation and $20,000,000 for couples, and supports limiting the tax on all estates above the exemption amount to 35% of any such value. The heirs receiving the estate under this exemption shall do so on a stepped up valuation for tax purposes.

PER CAPITA COLLECTION - 2010

WHEREAS, all livestock owners are required to pay the livestock per capita fee; and
WHEREAS, per capita fees are not being paid by all livestock owners as some are not aware of the livestock per capita fee; and
WHEREAS, per capita fees are used for monitoring and control of animal diseases and for predator control; and
WHEREAS those livestock owners who do not pay the livestock per capita fees places an unfair burden on the remainder of the livestock owners with these costs;

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