February 28, 2012
Senator Looks to Montanans for Input on 2012 Farm Bill during Senate Agriculture Hearing
(Washington, D.C.) – Montana’s senior U.S. Senator Max Baucus called on Montana farmers and ranchers to share their insight into working lands conservation programs during a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing on the 2012 Farm Bill today. As a senior member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, Baucus is currently writing the next Farm Bill. During today’s hearing he asked Montana agriculture producers to work with him to improve the bill and share their ideas on how to make the bill’s conservation programs work better for ranchers and farmers.
“Montana farmers and ranchers are the original conservationists. They know best how to work the land and because they depend on the land, they have such a critical role in protecting our outdoor heritage and I am thankful that Carl was able to share a real boots on the ground perspective with the Committee today,” said Baucus. “As President Eisenhower once said, ‘Farming looks mighty easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from a corn field.’ That’s exactly why input from Montana farmers and ranchers is so critical in this process. I value their ideas and will keep looking to them to make the next Farm Bill as strong as it can be for good-paying agriculture jobs.”
Some of the key witnesses at today’s hearing enjoy Montana roots including:
- Bruce Nelson, Farm Service Agency Administrator, a fourth-generation wheat farmer from Fort Benton, Montana and former Montana Farm Service Agency Executive Director
- David White, Natural Resources Conservation Service Chief, who served as the State Conservationist in Montana from 2002 to 2008.
- Carl Mattson, Mattson Farms, Chester, Mont.
During the hearing, Baucus also highlighted the work the Natural Resources Conservation Service and Montanans are doing to keep sage grouse off the Endangered Species list. The Sage Grouse Initiative in Montana has paved the way to preserving sage-grouse habitat while increasing the sustainability of working ranches and farms across the West. Chester farmer, Carl Mattson testified as to the importance of a grassroots, team-approach to conservation during the hearing. Audio/video clips are included below and a transcript is available online HERE.
MP3 audio file: http://gp1d.senate.gov/sdmc/Baucus/022812_BAUCUS_1_AUDIO.mp3
MPEG2 video files:
- SD… http://gp1d.senate.gov/sdmc/Baucus/022812_BAUCUS_1_FTP.MPG
Contact: Kate Downen 406-839-4713/Kathy Weber 406-329-7980/Jennifer Donohue 202-224-2651
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