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The Senate Agriculture Committee’s had just approved the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (S. 3042) at the time of the Montana Farm Bureau conference in Fairmont Hot Springs in mid June.

From Senator Jon Tester’s office it was explained that the 1000-plus page document does not change the sugar program and crop insurance, plus programs such as PLC and ARC have been reauthorized. The bill includes money for broadband for rural areas and added that funding for Fort Keogh and Sidney ag research stations remains.

Dispelled also during the conference were concerns that people would have to have a CDL (drivers’ license) to haul rodeo horses or other livestock being moved for domestic purposes. Ag exemptions exist in the law and people were encouraged to go to the FMCSA website to get more details.