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Montana Legislature will wrestle with variety of ag issues

December 28, 2016

AGWEEK

Jenny Schlecht

December 27, 2016

HELENA, Mont. — Major players in the formation of Montana agricultural policy anticipate an active 2017 Legislative Session, slated to begin Jan. 2. in Helena. Lola Raska, executive vice president of the Montana Grain Growers Association, says ag research centers, university research and the state pesticide program for applicators are important programs that need to be adequately funded.

Jay Bodner, director of natural resources and lobbyist for Montana Stockgrowers Association, says keeping the Department of Livestock as a stand-alone agency run by a producer board with a balanced budget is a continued focus, as is funding the vet diagnostic lab and the brucellosis surveillance program.

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