Helena Independent Record: Montanans give Tester food for thought

The Farm Bill is coming up for reauthorization by Congress in 2012, and the massive policy piece will have consequences for Montana farmers and ranchers, with ripple effects across the state and its economy.

A group of about 10 people representing farmers, ranchers, food retailers and others on Wednesday told Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., what the government can or shouldn’t do to keep food production viable here and what the farmer-senator can tell his Washington colleagues when the bill comes up.

First, there’s ethanol; most in the room didn’t like it. They also told him of growing livestock predation by wolves, and how hard it is for new and small farmers to stay afloat.

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