Montana Stockgrowers lobby DC

Star Staff
Thursday, April 11, 2019

HELENA — Representatives of the Montana Stockgrowers Association, including President Fred Wacker of Miles City, traveled to Washington D.C. this month to meet with Montana’s congressional delegation and advance policy priorities of Montana’s ranchers, according to a news release from the Association.

The Association’s priorities included advancing international trade for Montana ranchers, finding a permanent solution for electronic logging devices for agricultural haulers, increased research for brucellosis, and promoting an industry-led Country of Origin Labeling program.

“It’s critical that Stockgrowers has a presence in Washington, D.C., and we have a voice at the highest level,” Wacker said. “We were able to meet with agencies that affect the day-today at home in Montana. It was a successful trip and we would like to thank the Montana Delegation for meeting with us.”

President Wacker was joined by First Vice President Jim Steinbeisser of Sidney and Second Vice President John Grande of Martinsdale for the trip.

The officer team from MSGA met with Senator Jon Tester, Senator Steve Daines, and Congressman Greg Gianforte in addition to meeting with representatives of the Department of the Interior, the Department of Commerce, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Agriculture.

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