Are you feeling stressed? Depressed? Anxious about the future? As a Montana farmer or rancher, you have a good reason for such feelings. Farming & ranching is a high-stress occupation. Volatile markets, financial risk, unpredictable weather and heavy workloads all create substantial stress on farmers, ranchers and rural small business owners' mental & emotional well-being. The current, prolonged rural economic downturn is exacerbated by "trade wars" and tariffs. 2018 net farm income was 50% less than in 2013.
As a fifth-generation Montana rancher and steward of the land, I am proud to be a Montanan. Recently, we had our own hearings to finalize sage grouse rules and regulations. If approved, they will help ensure that Big Sky Country's natural beauty and wildlife and way of life are preserved for our future. Gov. Steve Bullock and the Montana Legislature have shown steadfast commitment to protecting an icon of the American West, the greater sage grouse. Our "Made in Montana" solutions were a major factor in protecting its listing as an endangered species.