We are seeking your support

Jan Tusick jt at ronan.net
Tue Jul 17 13:42:45 MDT 2007


 

 

Jan Tusick 
Mission Mountain Market Cooperative Development Center 
Cooperative Development Specialist/Ag Program Manager 
407 Main Street SW 
Ronan, MT 59864 
406-676-5901 
406-676-5902 fax 
  

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    From the Producer to the Consumer:  

Protecting Montana's Interests in the 2007 Farm Bill

 

 

     Within the context of the current political climate where varying
interests are demanding attention, and stringent budget constraints, it is
certainly a challenge to craft the Commodity Title of the 2007 Farm Bill.
However, it is absolutely critical that the interests of America's-and
Montana's-farmers and ranchers are protected!

 

*   Specifically, we endorse counter-cyclical payments indexed to the cost
of production and a permanent disaster program.  What this means in real
terms:

* If the cost of production (COP) increases, that change would be reflected
in a higher target price.

* Couple that with a Permanent Disaster Program and producers would most
often receive higher payments than direct payments and crop insurance
combined.

* Therefore, producers would have reliable risk management tools-increasing
confidence for lending institutions and encouraging young people to return
to the farm because it can still be a profitable business.

* Farmers would receive support when times are the toughest!!

*   We understand the need to conform to a budget.  We support paying for
the counter-cyclical program and the permanent disaster program by reducing
direct payments.

 

*   We also urge Congress to implement the following provisions:

 

* Full implementation of C.O.O.L.!  Consumers have repeatedly indicated they
want to know where their food comes from, especially following the recent
food recalls.

* Lift the ban on the interstate shipment of state-inspected meat. This is
about protecting America's Main Street businesses and family producers.
Locally-produced, state-inspected meats are some of the highest-quality
specialty products in the country, yet they are refused full access to the
marketplace. Consequently, consumers are denied access to the domestic
products they may desire. 

* A livestock title that encourages competition within the industry.
Increasing consolidation in livestock production has moved far beyond what
is necessary for efficiency and is done solely to gain market power,
ultimately resulting in total control.

* Eliminate Forward Contracting for milk! Forward contracting grants milk
handlers a captive supply of milk, reducing competition and consolidating
production in a few large-scale operations, both of which will jeopardize
smaller operations.  

 

 

 

 

       Contact Information 

 

Please use and share this sheet to contact the offices nearest you!

 

Senator Tester

Washington, D.C.                               Helena

(202) 224-2644                                   (406) 449-5401

 

Billings                                               Kalispell

(406) 252-0550                                   (406) 257-3360

 

Bozeman                                           Missoula

(406) 586-4450                                   (406) 728-2193

 

Butte                                                 Great Falls

(406) 723-3277                                   (406) 452-9585

 

Email: www.tester.senate.gov <http://www.tester.senate.gov
<http://www.tester.senate.gov/> > (on the web site, click on "Contact")

 

Senator Baucus

Washington, D.C.                               Great Falls

(800) 332-6106                                   (406) 761-1574

 

Billings                                               Helena

(406) 657-6790                                   (406) 449-5480

 

Bozeman                                           Kalispell

(406) 586-6104                                   (406) 756-1150

 

Butte                                                 Missoula

(406) 782-8700                                   (406) 329-3123

 

Email: www.baucus.senate.gov <http://www.baucus.senate.gov
<http://www.baucus.senate.gov/> > (on the web site, click on "Contact")

 

                             Representative Rehberg

Washington, D.C.                               Great Falls

(202) 225-3211                                   (406) 454-1066

 

Billings                                               Helena

(406) 256-4934                                   (406) 443-8890

 

Missoula                                   Email:
www.rehberg.house.gov/contact <http://www.rehberg.house.gov/contact> 

(406) 543-0663                                   

 

 

 

Katie Kassmier

Government Affairs Director

Montana Farmers Union

(406) 452-6406 office

(406) 781-4934 cell

kkassmier at montanafarmersunion.com

 

 

 

Jan Tusick 
Mission Mountain Market Cooperative Development Center 
Cooperative Development Specialist/Ag Program Manager 
407 Main Street SW 
Ronan, MT 59864 
406-676-5901 
406-676-5902 fax 
  

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From: Crissie McMullan [mailto:crissiemc at yahoo.com] 
Sent: Friday, July 13, 2007 10:59 AM
To: Ariel2; Jess Babcock; conlin at initco.net; david1.kennedy at umontana.edu;
Estee; jbarngrover at aeromt.org; jcrosby at aeromt.org; jeffb at ncat.org;
jt at ronan.net; Brian Kahn; Katie Kassmier; kathyh at ncat.org; lauren2;
madmav at onewest.net; Nancy Matheson; Mecca2; Kevin Moore; Neva; Kalie Rider;
Bruce Smith; straniebooks at blackfoot.net; stranieventures at blackfoot.net;
thouck at montanafarmersunion.com
Subject: Grow Montana conference call on July 25?

 

Hi all, 
Can you all be on a conference call on July 25? This would replace a July
face-to-face meeting. The purpose will be to tackle the most pressing agenda
items, keep us moving on our Kellogg supplemental grant, and to schedule our
August meeting. We will be nearly halfway through our Kellogg supplemental
time-frame by that call!

So, please let me know if July 25 works for you, and if so, if there is a
time of day that doesn't work for you.

I will send out a confirmation time and call-in number once I've heard from
you.

Cheers,
Crissie





Crissie McMullan 
Grow Montana Project Coordinator

1131 Jackson St.

Missoula, MT 59802

home/work: (406) 721-1664 
cell: (406) 531-5162





Crissie McMullan 
Grow Montana Project Coordinator

1131 Jackson St.

Missoula, MT 59802

home/work: (406) 721-1664 
cell: (406) 531-5162

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