Farm Policy

Farm policy should allow producers to receive income from the marketplace while, when necessary, providing an economic safety net to maintain rural economic stability. It should allow cropping flexibility, discourage the buildup of grain stocks, and provide de‐coupled economic assistance. MGGA’s farm policy committee will continue to review and develop options for long‐term ag policy.

  1. MGGA supports Title I programs in concept and principle and also the option to choose which program to be enrolled in. (New 2016)
  2. MGGA opposes diversion of commodity title funding to alternate
  3. MGGA supports the direct payment in concept and principle. (Renewed 2015)
  4. MGGA opposes a farm program pricing mechanism that is market distorting. (New 2011)
  5. MGGA supports a reference price for wheat in Title I programs that is equal to or higher than the USDA Economic Research Service cost of production. (Revised 2018)
  6. MGGA supports ARC‐IC in concept and principle. (New 2016)
  7. MGGA supports increasing ARC‐IC to an 85% base acre payment rate. (New 2017)
  8. MGGA encourages transparency in the barley price discovery for the purposes of Title I programs. (New 2017)
  9. MGGA supports the expansion of historic wheat and barley base acres in future Farm Bills. (Revised 2020)
  10. MGGA supports including summer fallow in base acre calculations. (New 2017)
  11. MGGA supports “actively engaged” definitions that facilitate farm transfer. (New 2009)
  12. MGGA supports continued separate person determination regardless of spousal or corporate
  13. MGGA supports the USDA Beginning Farmer Programs at or above current funding levels. (New 2014)
  14. MGGA opposes a farmer‐owned grain
  15. MGGA supports the development of individual risk management accounts. (Retained 2009)
  16. MGGA opposes further linking conservation compliance to crop insurance program participation. (Revised 2017)
  17. MGGA supports the stated goal of paperwork reduction by NRCS (Natural Resources Conservation Service). (New 2009)
  18. MGGA supports maintaining the current six classes of wheat. (New 2019)
  19. MGGA supports a guest worker program that secures the borders of the US and provides a legal, affordable and stable workforce for agriculture. (New 2013)
  20. MGGA encourages the streamlining and development of guest worker and immigration programs. (Revised 2018)
  21. MGGA opposes government agencies competing in sales of private agricultural properties. (New 2012)
  22. MGGA supports the concept of Department of Natural Resources and Conservation adopting cash leases for all agricultural cropland. (Revised 2019)
  23. MGGA recommends Montana’s current livestock “open range” laws be reviewed and updated to fully recognize private property rights and property ownership responsibility to reflect current times. (New 2015)
  24. MGGA endorses creation of a producer certificate of origin valid for a marketing year. (New 2019)
  25. MGGA supports legislation that protects agricultural producers against nuisance lawsuits. (New 2018)
  26. MGGA supports ‘Right to Farm and Ranch’ legislation. (Revised 2018)
  27. MGGA shall enter agricultural private property rights discussions at the discretion of a majority vote of the board of directors. (New 2012)
  28. MGGA supports maintaining the worker’s compensation fund as a state
  29. MGGA opposes congressional designations of Montana National Heritage Areas and any other designations limiting private property rights. (New 2020)
  30. MGGA opposes increases in commodity loan rates. (New 2020)
  31. MGGA supports reinstatement of a 5 acre annual allowance for native sod breaking, including a 1 year uninsurable federal crop insurance and record retention period. (New 2020)
  32. MGGA supports that in states with average annual precipitation of 20 inches or less, no-till winter wheat and all fall seeded no-till crops that are harvested for grain, be considered as cover crops. (New 2021)
  33. MGGA supports the inclusion of wheat in all production systems including when used as a cover crop. Wheat plays an integral role in cropping systems by providing diversity, carbon capture, durable residue, weed control, soil moisture retention, and water quality benefits.  MGGA encourages active management of volunteer wheat as it may carry disease which threatens surrounding wheat acres. (New 2021)
  34. MGGA supports the Growing Climate Solutions Act as a means to provide credible information to growers about voluntary ecosystem service markets and increase farmer engagement in USDA oversight. (New 2021)
  35. MGGA supports that USDA should be involved in collaborative efforts to develop a standardized carbon measurement model and/or tool that includes geographic variability with engagement from Land Grant Universities in the effort. Agriculture Extension programs could provide valuable, local information through testing and verification on the carbon measurement approach. (New 2021)
  36. MGGA supports a role for Cooperative Extension in assisting farmers in making educated decisions on carbon markets, including but not limited to contract review and related information. (New 2021)
  37. MGGA opposes all environmental social governance mandates. (New 2022)
  38. MGGA to support maintaining the farmer elected farm service agency county committee system. (New 2022)
  39. MGGA supports the retention of state laws which give priority liens to the parties in grain, seed, fertilizer and pesticide transactions. (New 2022)