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


WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT

WOLF MANAGEMENT - 2002

BE IT RESOLVED: Montana Cattlemen's Association requests the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife
and Parks approve the following:
• That federal monies continue to fund the management of the wolf reintroduction project
• That wolves be treated as trophy animals on public lands
• That wolves be treated as a predator on private lands
• That wolves threatening livestock can be eliminated at the owner's discretion.

GRAY WOLF - 2005

WHEREAS: the health, wealth, welfare, and safety of cattle producers in the state of Montana is the
responsibility and purpose of the Montana Cattlemen's Association; and
WHEREAS: the 2003 Montana Legislature enacted Section 87-1-217MCA(Montana Code Annotated),
requiring the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks to manage large predators, including gray
wolves, with the primary goals being to preserve citizens' opportunities to hunt large game species, to
protect humans, livestock, and pets, and to preserve and enhance the safety of the public during outdoor
recreational and livelihood activities; and
WHEREAS: the 2005 Montana Legislature enacted SB 461 which requires collaring of at least one wolf in
each pack; and
WHEREAS: the 2005 Montana Legislature enacted HJ 29 which urges the Montana Congressional
Delegation to seek restitution for Montana citizens who have been damaged by the introduction of gray
wolves into Montana; and
WHEREAS: the Montana Gray Wolf Conservation and Management Plan calls for developing a
compensation program. A working group of Montana citizens and agencies developed the Montana
Livestock Loss Reduction and Mitigation Program which has developed a reimbursement program for
losses caused by gray wolves. The program does not as yet have a board or source funding; and
WHEREAS: recent adoption of the final 10(j) Rule under the Endangered Species Act allows additional
steps to protect livestock and dogs from attacks by gray wolves; and
WHEREAS: the United States government has delegated the responsibility for the management of gray
wolves to the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks and the United States Fish and Wildlife
Service; and the Montana Department of Livestock is authorized to supervise the destruction of predatory
animals; and
WHEREAS: the gray wolf population has reached the level necessary for gray wolf recovery and delisting;
and
WHEREAS: neither the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks nor the United States Fish and
Wildlife Service is adequately notifying all counties and livestock producers of the location of gray wolves; 11
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED: the Montana Cattlemen's Association hereby requests the Montana
Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service immediately initiate
a process to notify all counties and livestock producers of the location and movement of gray wolves and
provide a 24-hour contact phone number.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: the Montana Cattlemen's Association requests the Montana Department of
Fish, Wildlife, and Parks aggressively follow the direction of SB 461, an act which requires the attachment
of a radio-tracking collar to at least one gray wolf in each pack.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: the Montana Cattlemen's Association do herby acknowledge gray wolves are a
predator species in need of management in Montana.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: the Montana Cattlemen's Association requests that Congress and the United
States Fish and Wildlife Service to expedite the process to de-list, relegate management authority, and
provide full funding to Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks and Montana Department of Livestock.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: the Montana Cattlemen's Association requests the Governor of Montana to
appoint a Board of Livestock Loss Reduction and Gray Wolf Damage Mitigation to implement the program
and be funded with Federal monies.

SAGE GROUSE - 2005

WHEREAS: Sage Grouse have been petitioned for listing under the Endangered Species Act; and
WHEREAS: All other states with Sage Grouse have appropriately and prudently acted in reducing the
threat to the bird; and
WHEREAS: There exists genuine concern by Montana ranchers regarding the future of the Sage Grouse;
and
WHEREAS: Ranchers have the opportunity and the desire to protect and conserve the Sage Grouse.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: Montana Cattlemen's Association urges Montana Fish, Wildlife, and
Parks shorten the Sage Grouse season to two weeks and a daily bag limit of one bird and with a
possession limit of two birds.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: Montana Cattlemen's Association requests Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks
to address the incompatibility of hunting a species that is petitioned to be listed as an endangered
species.

BISON - 2005

WHEREAS: The bison in Yellowstone National Park are largely infected with brucellosis; and
WHEREAS: The state of Montana has worked extensively to first eradicate brucellosis from our state's
cattle herd, and second, to keep our herds from being re-infected; and
WHEREAS: Due to the overpopulation of bison in Yellowstone National Park the bison are being pressured
to range on private and federal land in Montana; and 12
WHEREAS: The National Park Service and National Fish and Wildlife Service will not control the spread of
brucellosis in Yellowstone National Park's bison; and
WHEREAS: The National Park Service and National Fish and Wildlife Service will not control the bison
population growth in Yellowstone National Park.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: Montana Cattlemen's Association supports the establishment of a fair chase
bison hunt in Montana; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: Montana Cattlemen's Association supports hunting bison on lands adjacent to
Yellowstone National Park to reduce the bison population; in order to maintain herds in Yellowstone
National Park boundaries within its carrying capacity, as reviewed by accredited range specialists; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: The Montana Cattlemen's Association advises the Montana Fish, Wildlife, and
Parks, along with the National Park Service and National Fish and Wildlife Service to diligently work to
keep infected bison out of Montana and to eradicate brucellosis from Yellowstone National Park's bison
herd.

ELK - 2005

WHEREAS: Elk are free ranging creatures that do not respect property lines. And they are the property of
the state of Montana, and its citizens, under the management of the Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks;
and
WHEREAS: The land owner and Federal allotment owner are adversely affected by the increasing
numbers of Elk, without compensation to the landowner; and
WHEREAS: Increased pressure is put on the range by the current Elk population forcing undue pressure on
the existing demand to private cattle operations; and
WHEREAS: Proper range management benefits both the ranch and the wildlife. Appropriate action is
needed to manage the range to its proper grazing capacity, ensuring that existing grazing rights are
maintained.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: Montana Cattlemen's Association encourages the Montana Fish, Wildlife,
and Parks to issue a sufficient amount of hunting permits to reduce the Elk numbers.

WINTER FEEDING OF ELK AND BRUCELLOSIS - 2005

WHEREAS: Our natural landscape in the Greater Yellowstone region is treasured by our residents and by
many people around the world; and
WHEREAS: Healthy livestock and healthy vibrant wildlife is an essential part of our regional economy and
our quality of life; and
WHEREAS: The control of disease in wildlife and livestock is beneficial to all; and
WHEREAS: The practice of winter feeding of wild elk by Wyoming, Idaho, and the Federal Government
has been scientifically proven several times to increase the risk of serious disease, specifically Brucellosis;
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WHEREAS: There has been a recent alarming rise in Brucellosis seropositives of the Madison River elk
herd in Montana probably caused by migrating elk from these winter feed grounds; and
WHEREAS: Any hope of eliminating brucellosis in the wild bison of Grand Teton and Yellowstone National
Parks is dependent on eliminating Brucellosis in winter-fed elk; and

WHEREAS: Wyoming has now lost its Brucellosis free status while Idaho is under threat of losing it's free
status as a direct result of exposure of cattle to brucellosis infected feedground elk.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: Montana Cattlemen's Association favors a commitment by the above three
government entities to eventually phase out winter feeding of elk.

WILDLIFE RESOLUTION - 2005


WHEREAS: The state of Montana claims ownership of wildlife; and
WHEREAS: The recent exponential increase in ungulate wildlife is imposing significant hardship on
domestic livestock producers who make their livings by harvesting the forage their land produces; and
WHEREAS: The United States Constitution requires that the government cannot take private property
without just compensation.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: That MCA request the governor to recommend legislation that will
enable the State to compensate landowners who make their living by harvesting the forage their land
produces.

GREATER YELLOWSTONE BISON RESOLUTION - 2006

WHEREAS wild bison and elk in the Greater Yellowstone Area (GYA) are known to be infected with
Brucella abortus; and
WHEREAS transmission of brucellosis from infected bison and elk to cattle has been well documented;
and
WHEREAS when infected elk or bison are in close contact with cattle or share common landscapes, the
potential for transmission exists.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED until such time as Brucella abortus has been eliminated from the bison and
elk populations from the GYA, the Montana Cattlemen's Association strongly supports all efforts to
reduce the commingling of wild elk or bison with cattle in the GYA whenever possible through temporal
and spatial separation.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED when commingling cannot be avoided, the Montana Cattlemen's Association
strongly supports quarantine of the exposed cattle herd until herd testing and epidemiological
investigation indicates the herd presents no evidence of brucellosis infection.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED if these recommendations are not implemented, the Western States Livestock
Health Association may consider additional requirements and sanctions upon the GYA states (Idaho,
Montana, and Wyoming). 14
HUNTING AND TRAPPING RESOLUTION - 2009
WHEREAS, the livestock industry seeks management of predator and furbearing populations; and
WHEREAS, hunting, trapping, and fishing and the harvest of wild animals, birds, and fish are a valued part
of Montana's heritage;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED the Montana Cattlemen's Association supports hunting, trapping, and fishing
as a valid management tool to control and manage wildlife and preserve Montana's harvest heritage.
WILDLIFE RESOURCES - 2010
BE IT RESOLVED, as a means to control wildlife resources, Montana Cattlemen's Association proposes a
change to the Montana deer hunting season regulations so that the first three weeks allow for either sex
hunting and the last two weeks for antlerless hunting only.
WEED CONTROL - 2010
BE IT RESOLVED, as a means for weed control, Montana Cattlemen's Association supports that Fish,
Wildlife, and Parks regulations request a receipt or acknowledgement that at least the underside of all
vehicles be washed before hunting is permitted.

WILDLIFE TESTING FOR BRUCELLOSIS - 2010

WHEREAS, elk and other wildlife can or will be the carriers of Brucellosis and it is a wildlife disease; and
WHEREAS, the livestock industry has suffered testing requirements and regulation within the designated surveillance area;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that Fish, Wildlife, and Parks be mandated to test at least one elk or other specie suspected of being a Brucellosis carrier for every head of livestock so tested.
PREDATOR CONTROL - 2010

WHEREAS, the Montana Board of Livestock allocates a portion of its budget, including funds from livestock per capita fees, to predator control; and
WHEREAS, the costs of predator control have increased and the problem has escalated; and
WHEREAS, the Montana Board of Livestock over time has decreased the percentage of its funding that goes to predator control; and
WHEREAS, increasing this funding and obtaining additional funds from other sources would be helpful in increasing predator control efforts and would benefit Montana producers impacted by predators as well as Montana wildlife populations;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Montana Cattlemen's Association encourages the Montana Board of Livestock to increase funding and efforts for predator control and requests the Montana Board of Livestock to solicit funding and aid from other agencies and sources including, but not limited to, Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks and US Fish and Wildlife Services.

 

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