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MFU to hold farm bill listening session with Baucus

GREAT FALLS, Mont. - Montana Farmers Union president Alan Merrill announced that MFU will hold a farm bill listening session with U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., in Great Falls, Mont., on April 2, in conjunction with the MFU quarterly board meetin...

Max Baucus

GREAT FALLS, Mont. - Montana Farmers Union president Alan Merrill announced that MFU will hold a farm bill listening session with U.S. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., in Great Falls, Mont., on April 2, in conjunction with the MFU quarterly board meeting. The meeting will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Baucus will lead a panel of four MFU members on farm bill issues of interest to all Montana farmers including aspects of the commodities, conservation, energy and livestock titles of the bill, as well as concerns specific to organics and beginning farmers and ranchers. Baucus is the only member of Montana's congressional delegation on the Agriculture Committee, responsible for writing the next farm bill.

"Agriculture is the heart of our state's economy and the cornerstone of who we are as Montanans. I'm proud to take Montana farmers and ranchers' ideas back to Washington to help write a farm bill that works for them," Baucus said.

"The work of the Senate Agriculture Committee is of great interest to Montana Farmers Union and farmers and ranchers across the state," Merrill said. "We appreciate the fact that Senator Baucus will spend this time with us."

The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held in the American/Britain Rooms at the Heritage Inn. Time will be allotted toward the end of the meeting for questions from the audience.

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