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


AG & NATURAL RESOURCES

CLOUD SEEDING - 2002


BE IT RESOLVED: in considering the threat of continuing drought we urge that legislative steps be taken to
clear the way for cloud seeding projects within Montana.
PROTECTION OF LAND OWNERS RIGHTS - 2003
WHEREAS: Federal laws allow energy companies who lease federally-owned gas, oil and coal bed
methane to enter private property to build roads, drill wells, lay pipelines and dig pits without landowner
permission; and
WHEREAS: Development of federally owned oil and gas needs to be balanced against protection of
private property rights; and
WHEREAS: According to the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) prepared by the Bureau of Land
Management, the proposed development of coal bed methane will impact landowners in Montana in the
following ways:
• Development of 9,000 miles of new roads
• Construction of 28,000 miles of new power lines and pipeline corridors
• Construction of 4,000 waste water impoundments
• Lower the water level in the aquifer underlying the Powder River Basin by up to 600 feet,
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: the following guidelines be reflected in federal energy policies to protect
private property rights:
• Require a "surface use agreement" before a drilling permit can be issued and establish standards
for surface use agreements that help ensure responsible development.
• Allow the mineral lessee to apply for a drilling permit if the landowner and lessee cannot agree on
a surface use agreement, but require the plan of operations to meet the standards established for
surface agreements, and require the lessee to post a bond to ensure the surface owner is
compensated for damages.
Give the surface owner the right to:
• Review and request changes to the proposed plan of operations
• Comment on proposed bond amounts
• Object when a lessee applies for bond releases
• Request and participate in an inspection when he/she believes the plan of operations is being
violated.

PRIVATE PROPERTY - 2003


WHEREAS: Montana Cattlemen's Association's mission statement and profile reference supporting
Montana's environmental, cultural and historical heritage, and protecting and advancing environmental
positions in water rights, mineral rights and natural resources; and
WHEREAS: Montana Cattlemen's Association's purpose is to restore prosperity to rural Montana, by
advancing the interests of agriculture; and
WHEREAS: absent is any reference to defense of property rights in Montana Cattlemen's Association's
mission statement, although there are acts of congress and laws that create property for ranchers on
federal land: (i.e. water, forage and RS 2477 rights of way); and 5
WHEREAS: many agency policies conflict with and/or deny said property rights and various statutes; and
WHEREAS: language in the Federal Land Policy Management Act gives local government an opportunity
for coordinating agency status; and
WHEREAS: an ag organization requesting agencies to recognize and comply with these laws would be a
benefit to rural economies; and
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: Montana Cattlemen's Association take a leading role in educating
membership on laws concerning property rights and encourage agencies to develop policy that is in
accordance with law, therefore helping defend and restore rural economies.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: even though Montana Cattlemen's Association recognizes the importance of
scholastic excellence, it also recommends at attempt be made to identify a process of recruitment that
selects individuals with skills and physical capabilities in addition to academics.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: as an incentive to veterinary students, Montana Cattlemen's Association
recommends that one year of college loans be waved every year spent in the service of livestock
production areas.

WATER RIGHTS - 2004


WHEREAS: Montana ranchers' water rights are being threatened on a variety of fronts including vested
water rights on otherwise public land;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: Montana Cattlemen's Association vigorously acts to inform and encourage
their membership of their ownership of water rights on federal lands, to assert and defend those rights,
and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: Montana Cattlemen's Association shall diligently work to form a coalition of
like-minded organizations and institutions to work with state and federal agencies to protect Montana
ranchers' vested water rights on public and private lands.
WATER RIGHTS - Updated 2006
WHEREAS Montana ranchers' water rights are being threatened on a variety of fronts including vested
water rights on otherwise federal split estate lands recognizing prior existing rights;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED Montana Cattlemen's Association vigorously acts to inform and encourage
their membership of their ownership of water rights on federal lands, to assert and defend those rights,
and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED Montana Cattlemen's Association shall diligently work to form a coalition of
like-minded organizations and institutions to work with state and federal agencies to protect Montana
ranchers' vested water rights on public and private lands.

EMINATE DOMAIN - 2005


WHEREAS: In recent times in our nation, municipalities have used the "eminent domain" process to
condemn and seize private property for the purpose of private economic development and re-sale to the
private sector; 6
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: Montana Cattlemen's Association opposes the use of "eminent
domain" to condemn private property for the sole purpose of economic gain or development for
individuals and/or corporations.

SPLIT-ESTATE RIGHTS - OIL, GAS, AND COAL BED METHANE - 2005


A resolution of the Montana Cattlemen's Association urging the State of Montana to enact equitably SplitEstate Laws for the mineral owners and surface owners, related to oil and gas development and coal bed
methane (CBM) reclamation; and urging Montana's Board of Environmental Review to adopt rulemaking
which facilitates use and conservation of water resources beyond methane extraction.
WHEREAS: many MCA members live, farm, and ranch in oil and gas producing counties in Montana, which
produce natural gas and coal bed methane (CBM) resources, and MCA recognizes a need for development
of oil and gas resources as a source of jobs and tax revenue for the state of Montana; and
WHEREAS: protection and conservation of water resources, fostering a diversity of land ownership and
the productive use of surface property, as well as reclamation of disturbed surface property, are critical to
the viability of our agricultural economy in Montana; and
WHEREAS: MCA strives to honor an environmental ethic in protecting and advancing its positions on
water rights, mineral rights and natural resources; and
WHEREAS: the surface owner is negatively impacted by oil, gas and CBM exploration, MCA feels the
surface owner needs to be indemnified for the impact by the mineral owners on their private, state, or
federal land; and
WHEREAS: pursuant to HB 790, the Environmental Quality Council and a subcommittee of public
members is examining split estates of mineral owners and surface owners related to oil and gas
development and coal bed methane reclamation bonding, and may be recommending legislation to the
2007 legislative assembly.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED; the membership of the Montana Cattlemen's Association to urge the state
of Montana to adopt public policies that:
• Protect the rights of farm and ranch families who do not own mineral rights and are facing the
prospect of oil, gas and/or CBM development on their land by ensuring that they are given
adequate notice of proposed oil and gas leasing and development and are given ample
opportunity to negotiate surface damage agreements.
• Require adequate bonding and reclamation of oil, gas and CBM operations that will leave
disturbed land in as good or better ecological conditions than prior to entry of infrastructure.
• Ensure there is beneficial use of ground and surface water resources beyond oil, gas and CBM
development.


BIOFUELS - 2007


WHEREAS rising fuel costs have adverse effects on all facets of the livestock industry; and
WHEREAS the production of alternative fuels, such as ethanol and bio-diesel demonstrate the potential to
reduce fuel costs while providing alternative feeds for cattle;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Montana Cattlemen's Association supports incentives to grow
oilseed crops and urges the development of biofuel production facilities in Montana. 7
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Montana Cattlemen's Association supports research into the emerging
technology such as closed loop combination cattle feedlot ethanol production facilities and livestock feed
production.


HR 2421 - CLEAN WATER ACT - 2009


WHEREAS, HR 2421 has been proposed to clarify the jurisdiction of the USA regarding the clean water
act; and

WHEREAS, the resolution as proposed expands the act to include " All" waters of the U.S. and all activities
affecting those waters; and
WHEREAS, no guidelines or rules regarding that jurisdiction exists and no analysis of the impact of this
change has been completed in respect to rivers, streams, and landowners in Montana;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that until this analysis is completed and the impact is determined,
MCA opposes passing of this resolution as it is proposed.
NATURAL RESOURCES & RURAL OPPORTUNITIES - 2010
WHEREAS, agricultural operations are an important part of our historic and cultural character and an
important component of our rural communities; and

WHEREAS, agricultural operations and ancillary activities have been and are sustainable activities upon
which many rural families and communities depend; and
WHEREAS, agricultural operations also provide habitat for wildlife and numerous opportunities for other
recreational and resource related activities; and

WHEREAS, preserving agricultural opportunities and a reliable and consistent land base is important to
sustain agricultural operations in Montana; and
WHEREAS, Montana Cattlemen's Association desires to adopt a more detailed Natural Resources and
Rural Opportunities policy that is not yet completed; and
WHEREAS, Montana Cattlemen's Association desires to begin to encourage agriculturalist and local
governments to make a difference for the benefit of agriculture and rural communities;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that:
1. Montana Cattlemen's Association encourages producers and others to help local government to adopt
the right to farm and ranch ordinances.
2. Montana Cattlemen's Association encourages producers and others to help local government and
others to preserve agricultural opportunities upon most lands in Montana.
3. Montana Cattlemen's Association encourages producers to participate in commenting upon
management and regulatory actions when they are proposed and before rules or decisions are
completed.
4. Montana Cattlemen's Association finds that agriculture is an important part of Montana's history, and
custom, and culture and finds that agriculture is the practice, process, procedure, science and art of
growing, cultivating, and producing food, fiber or other materials for the benefit of society


PRIVACY ISSUES - 2010

WHEREAS, the right of privacy concerning business transactions of ranchers should be protected;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Montana Cattlemen's Association requests that the Montana Board of Livestock not disclose any official documents or business transactions to any third party. Such information is privileged and the Montana Board of Livestock should respect that privacy.


GREEN HOUSE EMISSIONS
Interim Policy introduced June 12, 2010

WHEREAS, MCA is aware of discussions and legislation regarding climate change, cap and trade, greenhouse gas emissions, and carbon dioxide; and
WHEREAS, MCA is aware that impacts to agricultural producers from such legislation could be very significant; and
WHEREAS, MCA desires that legislation and or research regarding these issues be conducted or implemented in a manner that minimizes adverse impacts on agricultural producers, which can be accomplished utilizing local government entities;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, MCA supports administration and/or implementation of any such legislation or research be by the USDA, in a manner consistent with the soil and water conservation act and rural conservation act, as set forth herein:

SOIL AND WATER RESOURCES CONSERVATION ACT
16 U.S.C. Section 2003 (b)
"Recognizing that the arrangements under which the federal government cooperates through conservation districts with other local units of government and land users have effectively aided in the protection and improvement of the nation's basic resources, it is declared to be the policy of the United States that these arrangements and similar cooperative arrangements should be utilized to the fullest extent practicable."

RURAL ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION ACT
16 U.S.C. Section 1508
"The Secretary [of Agriculture] shall, in addition to appropriate coordination with other interested federal, state, and local agencies, utilize the services of local, county, and state soil conservation committees."

RESOURCE CONSERVATION ACT OF 1981
16 U.S.C. Section 3411 (5)
Congress finds solutions to "chronic erosion-related problems should be designated to address the local, social, economic, environmental, and other conditions unique to the area involved to ensure that the goals and policies of the federal government are effectively integrated with the concerns of the local community..."

 

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
System.

 

 

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