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Ag Bill Pushes For State Regulation Over Local Control

February 13, 2017

Montana Public Radio

Freddy Monares

February 8, 2017

Lawmakers in Helena will consider a bill that would strip local governments’ authority to regulate the agricultural industry with the aim of providing consistency for farming techniques across the state. Senate Bill 155 would mean any regulations dealing with agricultural processes or seed usage would have to come from the state.

A similar bill was passed by the Oregon legislature in 2013 after a county’s initiative on a ballot banned GMOs in that area. Representative for Montana Farm Bureau Federation Chelcie Cargill says it’s common for Montana farmers to have land spanned out across county lines.

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