ENVIRONMENTAL

KEY ISSUES – RESOLUTION

Environmental

  1. MGGA encourages approaching environmental problems and concerns through education and cooperation. (Revised 2010)
  2. MGGA opposes environmental mandates by government agencies that are detrimental to production agriculture operations. (New 2010)
  3. MGGA believes the burning of residue on agricultural fields is a local issue and should not be regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency or the US Department of Agriculture.
  4. MGGA opposes EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) regulation of dust from common agricultural practices and county roads. (Modified 2011)
  5. MGGA opposes net expansion of Conservation Reserve Program acreage. (Revised 2017)
  6. MGGA urges limiting acreage on all new Conservation Reserve Program contracts to no more than 25% of total cropland acres of any owner.
  7. MGGA supports Conservation Reserve Program rental rates that are reflective of cash rental rates in any given area.
  8. MGGA supports individual counties to reserve 1 to 5% of the available acreage each signup period for Conservation Reserve Program continuous sign‐up proactive before the 25% cap is reached.
  9. MGGA supports the implementation of biomass fuel crops on Conservation Reserve Program acres with a reduction of Conservation Reserve Program payments.
  10. MGGA supports re‐establishment of lost crop base acres on Conservation Reserve Program acres providing the land goes back into agricultural production. (Revised 2014)
  11. MGGA supports monitoring Conservation Reserve Program ranking criteria. (Revised 2009)
  12. MGGA supports County FSA determination of Conservation Reserve Program emergency haying dates. (New 2017)
  13. All new conservation programs should offer credit to producers for practices already implemented.
  14. MGGA supports individual voluntary conservation enhancement and opposes increased, mandated conservation practice participation in Title 1, Federal Crop Insurance or other federal farm programs. (New 2016)
  15. MGGA supports full funding and full implementation of the Conservation Stewardship Program and Environmental Quality Incentive Program. (Revised 2020)
  16. MGGA supports local input from producers on new Conservation Stewardship Program enhancements. (New 2014)
  17. MGGA supports allowing local Natural Resources Conservation Service officials to permit deviations on a case by case basis within the confines of a Conservation Stewardship Program contract in an effort to address localized problems in a cost effective way.
  18. MGGA opposes the listing of the prairie dog, wolf and the sage grouse as a threatened or endangered species. (Revised 2017)
  19. MGGA supports delisting of the grizzly bear from the endangered species list. (New 2017)
  20. MGGA opposes free roaming bison/buffalo in the state of Montana. (New 2012)
  21. MGGA supports research into cost effective and environmentally safe ways of controlling burrowing pests and feral hogs. (Revised 2020)
  22. MGGA encourages the control of all weeds on transportation right of ways and recreation access sites. (Revised 2016)
  23. MGGA supports increased technical assistance and incentive‐based water quality programs that are administered at the local level to meet Total Maximum Daily Load requirements.
  24. MGGA supports retaining the word “navigable” or other wording that protects ag interests such as, but not limited to property rights, in the Clean Water Act. (New 2009)
  25. MGGA is opposed to any climate change legislation until it can be assured that production agriculture will not be put in a negative economic position. (ie – costs in excess of potential income from carbon sequestration). Furthermore, MGGA believes that other major carbon emitting countries should be participating in similar greenhouse gas regulation so as not to put the American farmer at a disadvantage in the global marketplace. Finally, if any climate change legislation is enacted, the US Department of Agriculture should be the controlling authority to promulgate and administer the programs to the producers. (New 2009)
  26. MGGA opposes expansion of Environmental Protection Agency regulation beyond current FIFRA (Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act) regulation of pesticides. (New 2010)
  27. MGGA supports fair and objective implementation of the Food Quality Protection Act that requires the Environmental Protection Agency to base re‐registration of pesticides on actual use data.
  28. MGGA opposes any zero tolerance language used in determining pesticide residue levels. (New 2018)
  29. MGGA opposes increase of EPA regulations on private pesticide applicator training. (Revised 2020)
  30. MGGA supports MSU Extension retaining responsibility for coordination of the private pesticide applicator certification and training program. (Revised 2016)
  31. MGGA supports full funding of the MSU Extension Pesticide Education Program. (New 2016)
  32. MGGA supports maintaining the renewable fuel standards mandate. (New 2011)
  33. MGGA opposes Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC) regulations for agricultural operations. (Revised 2013)
  34. MGGA opposes California’s Proposition #65 regarding its application to agricultural commodities. (New 2017)
  35. MGGA supports the continued use of glyphosate for all on-label applications. (New 2018)
  36. MGGA supports voluntary soil health practices. (New 2021)
  37. MGGA strongly urges that Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks Commission will require Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks to follow and implement MCA 87-1-323 to maintain all Hunting Districts at or below the sustainable animal numbers as set in law. Or, FWP compensate Montana ag producers on Montana land for lost ag income if landowner is giving public access to antlerless hunting. (New 2021)
  38. MGGA supports the levels of greenhouse gases from wildfires to be included and compared when other forms of greenhouse gas emissions are considered. (New 2021)