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SIDNEY HERALD, SUNDAYJULY 21, 2019 AI3 LOCAL NEWS Networking, communication to Farm Bureau D.C Fly-in ‘ Communicating face-to-face pro— vides an essential way for farm- ers and ranchers to address their concerns with government offi- cials. During the Montana Farm Bureau Fly—In, June 10-13, in Washington, D.C. Montana Farm Bureau members had excellent opportunities to meet with law- makers and agency personnel. The Fly-In participants——Susan Lake from Ronan, Don Stein- beisser, Jr. from Sidney and Kris Descheemaeker from Lewistown, were selected to attend based on their prior advocacy efforts in Montana. The action-packed schedule in- cluded meetings with Senators Steve Daines, Senator Jon Tester and Representative Greg Gian- forte as well as with the Depart- ment of the Interior, Department of Agriculture and the Commodi- ty Futures Trading Commission. In addition, the group met with American Farm Bureau Exec— utive Vice President Dale Moore and with AFBF public policy directors. “I believe this is the first time I’ve been to Washington, D.C. and had the opportunity to meet personally with all of our Con-y gressional delegation,” said Stein- beisser, a diversified farmer. “I had the chance to talk to each one about labor shortages facing farmers even in Montana and Don Steinbeisser, Jr. stands outside the USDA during the Montana Farm Bureau Fly—In in Washington, D.C. in June. how to improve and streamline the H2A guest worker program. We explained the importance of passing the US Mexico Canada Agreement. All three of our con- gressmen realize how critical trade is to Montana’s farmers and ranchers.” Susan Lake talked to the con- gressmen and their aides about the Confederated Salish and Koo- tenai Tribes Compact and the im— portance of passing the critical piece of water compact legislation at the national level. “All of our congressmen have done excellent work investigating the compact and explaining it to people,” she said. In addition, Lake encour- a‘ged the group to visit Senator Cramer, North Dakota and had the opportunity to meet with his legislative director, Micah Cham- bers. “It’s important to build rela- tionships with neighboring states and see» what bills are moving through that affect us all,” she said. Rural broadband was an issue on the minds of Farm Bureau members and congressmen. Sena- tor Tester is a co-sponsor of a bill that would call for the mapping of all broadband across the US. to show what areas are underserved. “Rural broadband has been a hot—button issue in Montana, and it’s important our Congressional delegation signs on to legislation to see who has it and who needs it,” said Descheemaker. Agency visits were fruitful, as well. Descheemaeker especially found their meeting at the Depart- ment of the Interior productive. “We discussed the Endangered Species Act and the fact Grizzly bears are wandering further and further onto the Plains. We cov- ered rules and regulations com- ing down the pike in regards to endangered species. A visit with CFTC Commission- er Brian Quintenz and several of his staff gave the group a look p goals of Montana at how that agency regulates fu- tures and option markets. “They seemed very interested in how farmers use the system and how it has worked for them. They told us about their enforcement rules to prevent bad trades from hap- pening,” Steinbeisser said. “They couldn’t ask enough questions of us. I’m glad the CFTC will be com- ing to Montana next month to talk to more ag producers.” Steinbeisser noted coming to Washington, D.C. is well worth the time. “Summer is a tough time of year for farmers to get away, but no matter what time of year, it’s important to come to D.C. When you do, you get to tell your story. Whether you are a farmer, rancher or a Montana cit- izen, our congressmen and agen- cies want to know if the work they do is making a difference back in Montana. They are very attentive to what our concerns are.” Descheemaeker echoed the re- sponses of the others praising the Fly—In. “It was truly wonderful and en- couraging to see the respect that Farm Bureau has here. Being re- spected and known is important to building networks, and I feel that Susan, Don and I have now learned the art of building those essential networks. We strongly encourage other members to apply for next-year’s Fly-In.” Women Stepping Forward for Agriculture Conference coming to Bozeman Make plans now to attend the annual Women Stepping Forward for Agriculture Conference at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds in Bozeman on Oct. 1-3. This year’s conference theme is Salute to Agriculture and is packed with speakers that will de- liver information on today’s most relevant agricultural topics: Ag lending, markets and trade, hemp production, ag research, and beef cattle production. The Women in Business panel will feature LeVonne Stucky, The Wool Mill; Nikki Edmund- son, Canty Boots; and Veronnaka Evenson, Swanky Roots. Attend- Grades 7-12 Registration July 25m at 5:00 p.m.\At High School Practice, Field Camp Fee $75.00 The Sidney Eagle Football Camp offers you the opportunity to enhance your skills in a team atmosphere. You will learn the fundamentals that will help make you a championship player. Our stall will emphasize fundamental ‘ techniques. ' T-Shirt~& Shorts Given Out 2019 EAGLE FOOTBALL CAMP Contact Coach Merritt vyith' questions. , , . (406) 480-9336; ees will hear from Dr. Sreekala Bajwa, Montana State University’s vice president, dean and director, for the College of Agriculture and Montana Agricultural Experiment Station. The conference will also feature Montana State University spe- cialists providing short talks on small-scale, high value, fruit pro duction, strong people and strong “"‘bOnes, mental healtthrggrjam- “5,, ming in Montana, and beef‘cattle ‘ production. Attendees will have plenty of time to network at a no-host social on Tuesday evening and a Bingo night on Wednesday. Trade show Schedule: July 25- Thursday: 5:00 pm. Registration " pm. 8:30 Practice July 26- Friday: 8:30 a.m. -11:00 Practice. 1:30 - 3:30 Practice 6:30 8:30 Practice/ Games July 27- Saturday: 9:00 am. - 11:00 Practice 1:00 - 3:00 Practice/ Games .t';' L "r vendors will also have plenty of great items for shopping fun. Judy Wagner, vice president of marketing and communications for Montana Silversmiths will close the conference with an in- spirational message for meeting attendees. Registration for the conference is $70 prior to Sept. 16 and $90 after that date. A, one-day“ registration is available. fof"‘$50..Regigstration information and a full agenda can be found on the Women Stepping Forward for Ag website at women- steppingforwardorg. Special room rates are available at the Spring- Hill Suites and RSVP Motel in by program or incident. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication of program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800)877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination L Complaint Form, AD-3027, fond online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint;filing_ cust.html information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) Mail: us. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW . ., ‘ Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or Email: program@intake@usda.gov at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois. GM2 Olson attended Gunners Mate “A” School training immediately following graduation. GM2 Olson’s first deployment was in late 2015 to the MiddleEast suppéprt , of a sciehce mission idiithegArabian‘ Gulf. Shortly after, he was off to Africa in support I of pirate interdiction off the Horn of Africa. After more training San Diego he was attached to EOD 8 (Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team 8) and is currently operating out of Europe. ,tact Heidi Brewer,.,c Mid-Rivers Telephone Cooperative, Inc. Non-Discrimination Statement In accordance with Federal civil rights law and US. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices and employees, and , ' institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from dis- criminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from public assistance programs, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and compliant filing deadlines vary This week’s hometown hero is GM2 Mitch Olson Ir. Mitch graduated boot camp in 2015 Bozeman until Aug. 1. Ask for the Women Stepping Forward for Agri- culture rate when booking a room. Attendees are encouraged to bring a silent auction item or a door prize from their local area. Auction proceeds are used to sup- port future conferences. Exhibit . space is also space available. For 'more information, con- cd—"cha‘ii‘p‘e‘i'soiita‘t 406- , , email womenSt'eppingdeward- mt@gmail.com, visit the Women Stepping Forward for Ag web- site at womensteppingforward. org, or follow on Facebook @ womensteppingforward. Ill” g a" at. Sponsored by “Wilden FirstSource l