Grow Montana focused on four food and agriculture issues during the 67th legislative session: soil health, country of origin labeling, Double SNAP Dollars, and Farm to School. The coalition worked with our lobbyist Cole Mannix to engage on the the following bills: Soil Health Subcommittee Bill (SB180) The Soil Health Subcommittee Bill, sponsored by Senator […]
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HB642 supports healthy Montana kids, strong communities, and vibrant agriculture by creating a pilot Farm to School Grant program, incentivizing local purchases. HB642 was heard in the House Education Committee on 3/24/21. Thank you to the 13 witnesses who testified in support of the bill and the many supporters who submitted written testimony. Stay tuned […]
The Farm to School Bill HB642 was introduced in the House and referred to the Education Committee, where it had its first reading this week. You can find the bill information here. Stay tuned for future action alerts and ways to support Farm to School in Montana by following us on social media. In the […]
The Double SNAP Dollar bill HB235 will be heard TOMORROW at 3pm in the Senate Public Health, Welfare, and Safety Committee! The bill received an incredible amount of support in the House and we need your help again to get it through the Senate. Here are the many ways you can make your voice heard […]
Here are some updates on soil health happenings in the region: The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is accepting applications for Montana’s Conservation Innovation Grants until April 23, 2021. These grants fund projects that are focused on addressing at least one of the agency’s main resource concerns: soil health, water quality and quantity, and […]
While SB 180 successfully made it out of the Senate Natural Resources Committee last month (7-5), the bill was three votes shy of passing in the full Senate on March 1, 2021. You can see the full vote tally here. This bill, introduced by Senator Pat Flowers, proposed to appoint a soil health task force […]
House Bill 235 goes to the House floor TODAY, 3/10, at 1:00pm. All House members will be voting on this bill. Take Action NOW! Food insecurity in Montana is projected to increase by nearly 30% as a result of COVID, with more than 141,000 Montanans at risk of hunger. SNAP helps many families make ends […]
The Double SNAP Dollars Bill passed the House Human Services Committee on with a vote of 14-5. Read the updated bill HERE and the Fact Sheet HERE. Stay tuned for future action alerts from us after the transmittal break.
Looking to learn more about soil health and get connected to a community on the cutting edge of soil health across the country? Check out NCAT’s Soil Health Innovation Conference, happening March 8-9, 2021. Register at this link: https://soilinnovations.ncat.org/register/
Grow Montana has a history of helping develop state legislation that is collaborative and based on common sense. We urge our representatives to oppose SB 199, an unnecessary and potentially damaging bill that interjects language in existing law that has not been vetted by agencies or the public. The bill disregards existing state law and […]
Since 2005, Grow Montana has advocated for changes in state policies that would strengthen Montana’s food and agriculture economies. The coalition has since led projects on food systems research, producing education materials, and stewarded policy change to support Montana’s food producers.