Ag Secretary Perdue to Keynote Montana Ag Summit 2017

U.S. SENATE —U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that newly confirmed U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will deliver a keynote address at the Montana Ag Summit 2017.

The summit, co-sponsored by Daines, will take place in Great Falls on May 31 and June 1, 2017. The Montana Ag Summit will bring the nation’s agricultural leaders to Montana’s Golden Triangle. The summit will focus on strengthening international relationships for Montana agriculture, showcasing technological advancements, promoting the next generation of farmers and ranchers, and discussing the challenges of federal policies and regulations.

“I’m excited to host Secretary Perdue in Montana for the Montana Ag Summit,” Daines stated. “This will be a great opportunity for Secretary Perdue to see Montana’s number one economic driver firsthand and talk with our hardworking farmers and ranchers. Nothing replaces seeing our state and hearing what’s on the minds of Montanans.”

On March 23, 2017, Daines invited Perdue to the Montana Ag Summit during his confirmation hearing.

To register and for more information please visit www.agsummitmontana.com.

Dates: May 31 – June 1

Additional speakers include:
U.S. Senator Pat Roberts, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry
Phil DiPofi, President & CEO of Northwest Farm Credit Services
J. Christopher Giancarlo, Acting Chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Augusto Bassanini, President and CEO of United Grain Corporation
Juan Ramon Alaix, CEO of Zoetis
Keith McGovern, CEO of the R.D. Offutt Company
Daines is Montana’s only member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry and serves as Chairman of the Conservation, Forestry and Natural Resources Subcommittee.

Members of the press are welcome to attend and can RSVP by emailing Katie_Waldman@daines.senate.gov.

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May 3rd, 2017|

U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that Keith McGovern, CEO of the R.D. Offutt Company (RDO) will deliver a keynote address at Montana Ag Summit 2017.

“I’m thrilled that Keith will bring his vast knowledge of agriculture and the opportunities technology can provide to the Montana Ag Summit,” Daines stated.

“At R.D. Offutt Company we regularly test and adopt new technologies to continuously improve our agricultural practices,” McGovern stated. “We do this not just to boost production, but to protect the land, air, and water for the next generation of farmers.  I am looking forward to joining Senator Daines and other leaders in the Ag industry.”

Keith McGovern is the President of R.D. Offutt Company and several affiliated organizations (RDO), which is one of the largest farming and food processing concerns in the United States, with annual revenues exceeding $750 million. McGovern has 30 years of experience in the agriculture industry, specializing in leading commercial potato farming and potato processing operations. Under his direction, RDO manages a total of 300,000 acres of farmland and annually farms over 100,000 acres of crops ranging from RDO’s main crop, potatoes, to wheat, onions, peas, alfalfa and organic produce. RDO also includes potato processing plants that process frozen potato products, potato flake, fresh pack potatoes, and potato ‘dough’ for a variety of U.S. and overseas customers. Two dairies produce 4,900,000 cwt of milk annually with a milking herd of 30,000 head. McGovern currently serves on the Management Committee of Lamb-Weston/RDO Frozen, a frozen potato product processing group that is a joint venture with Lamb Weston, Inc., the Board of Alliance for Potato Research and Education (APRE), and on the Board of Governors of Idahoan Foods, LLC, a major producer of potato flake products.

The summit, co-sponsored by Daines, will take place in Great Falls on May 31 and June 1, 2017. The Montana Ag Summit will bring the nation’s agricultural leaders to Montana’s Golden Triangle. The focus of the summit is on strengthening international relationships for Montana agriculture, showcasing technological advancements, promoting the next generation of farmers and ranchers, and discussing the challenges of federal policies and regulations.

Members of the press are welcome to attend. To register and for more information please visit www.agsummitmontana.com.

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April 12th, 2017|

Daines Invites Perdue to Montana Ag Summit 2017 in Great Falls

U.S. SENATE —U.S. Senator Steve Daines today spoke with Governor Sonny Perdue, President Donald J. Trump’s nominee to lead the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) during his nomination hearing in the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture. Daines invited Perdue to visit Montana and attend the Montana Ag Summit in Great Falls.

“Ag production across our nation is diverse and Montana ag presents some unique and especially specific challenges, but great opportunities,” Daines stated. “With that in mind, I would like to extend an invitation to you Governor Perdue to come out to Montana – we’re going to have an Ag Summit May 31 – June 1 in Great Falls, which is ground zero for the ag economy in Montana. Would love to have you.”

Daines then spoke with Perdue regarding expanding trade opportunities and forest management reform.

“As Secretary, how will you ensure that ag’s voice is heard loud and clear within this administration and fight for Montana farmers and ranchers ability to access new markets abroad and not face retaliation,” Daines asked Perdue.

Perdue responded: “The good news is we have a growing middle class around the world that’s hungry for those products. Food is a noble thing to trade and as I’ve indicted several times before we’ve got a great story to tell, we have producers here that can produce more than we need to consume – that’s not the case in many parts of the world. Why don’t we use that bounty to supply one of the fundamental needs of mankind around the world. I will continue tirelessly to advocate that within our administration and in conjunction with you all in development. I plan to be on site as USDA’s chief salesman around the world to sell these products, to negotiate these deals side by side with USTR, side by side with Secretary Ross and our whole team. I believe USDA will be intimately involved in the personal on the ground – boots on the ground – negotiation at tables around this world with ag ministers and foreign dignitaries, selling our product.”

Perdue remarked that he would welcome the opportunity to work with Daines to reverse the disastrous Cottonwood decision that added another layer of unnecessary red tape and is threatening dozens of forest management projects. Perdue also noted that he has seen the legislation and agrees with it “wholeheartedly.”

The recent scandal in Brazil that has resulted in several meatpacking companies being investigated for corruption and fraudulent inspections of meat intended for foreign markets was also raised in this hearing. Perdue called for thorough inspections of Brazilian beef by the Food Safety and Inspection Service and that the policy of maintaining 100% re-inspection and testing of all meat imports from Brazil will be retained “indefinitely”. Daines has raised this issue with Perdue and letter to USDA on March 22 that demanded USDA “utilize all appropriate and legal means necessary to ensure that U.S. consumers are not at risk to any imported meat from Brazil or other countries.”

Daines is Montana’s only member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry and is the Chairman of the Conservation, Forestry and Natural Resources Subcommittee.

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March 23rd, 2017|

Zoetis CEO to Give Keynote Address at Montana Ag Summit

U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that Juan Ramon Alaix, CEO of Zoetis, will deliver a keynote address at Montana Ag Summit 2017.

“In Montana, we have more cows than people and I’m thrilled we are bringing Mr. Alaix and Zoetis, a leading animal health company, to Montana,” Daines stated.

“The ultimate goal for livestock producers is raising healthy and productive animals that can address the growing world population’s demand for animal protein,” Alaix stated. “But they face a number of complex challenges – ranging from limited natural resources and emerging diseases, to ever-increasing regulatory and consumer scrutiny. Companies like Zoetis can help meet the need for productivity solutions with the latest innovations in diagnostics, genetics, digital tools and data analytics that monitor, predict and improve the health of animals.”

Zoetis is a global animal health company dedicated to supporting customers and their businesses. Building on 60 years of experience, Zoetis delivers quality medicines and vaccines, complemented by diagnostic products and genetic tests and supported by a range of services.

The summit, co-sponsored by Daines, will take place in Great Falls on May 31 and June 1, 2017. The Montana Ag Summit will bring the nation’s agricultural leaders to Montana’s Golden Triangle. The focus of the summit is on strengthening international relationships for Montana agriculture, showcasing technological advancements, promoting the next generation of farmers and ranchers, and discussing the challenges of federal policies and regulations.

Members of the press are welcome to attend. To register and for more information please visit www.agsummitmontana.com.

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March 23rd, 2017|

Northwest Farm Credit Services President & CEO to Give Keynote Address at Montana Ag Summit

Phil DiPofi, President & CEO Northwest Farm Credit Services will be keynote speaker at Montana Ag Summit 2017

U.S. SENATE —U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced that Phil DiPofi, President & CEO of Northwest Farm Credit Services will deliver a keynote address at Montana Ag Summit 2017.

“The Montana Ag Summit is focused on highlighting agriculture as Montana’s number one economic driver and Phil DiPofi understands that importance and is working to sustain it for future generations,” Daines stated. “I’m excited for Phil to join us in Great Falls.”

“The Montana Ag Summit is an excellent opportunity for us to bring together our perspectives and strategies as we collectively seek to advance opportunities for Montana farmers and ranchers,” DiPofi stated. “I’m honored to be part of the summit and look forward to sharing what we are doing to help young and beginning producers throughout the Northwest.”

Northwest Farm Credit Services supports agriculture and rural communities with reliable, consistent credit and financial services.

The summit, co-sponsored by Daines, will take place in Great Falls on May 31 and June 1, 2017. The Montana Ag Summit will bring the nation’s agricultural leaders to Montana’s Golden Triangle. The focus of the summit is on strengthening international relationships for Montana agriculture, showcasing technological advancements, promoting the next generation of farmers and ranchers, and discussing the challenges of federal policies and regulations.

Members of the press are welcome to attend. To register and for more information please visit www.agsummitmontana.com.

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March 22nd, 2017|

United Grain President and CEO to Give Keynote Address at Montana Ag Summit

Augusto Bassanini President & CEO of United Grain Corporation will be keynote speaker at Montana Ag Summit 2017

U.S. SENATE — U.S. Senator Steve Daines today announced Augusto Bassanini, President and CEO of United Grain Corporation, as a keynote speaker at Montana Ag Summit 2017.

“United Grain plays an integral role in Montana agriculture,” Daines stated. “It’s an honor for Augusto Bassanini to come to Montana to talk with our farmers and ranchers about growing our state’s number one economic driver.”

“It is an honor to support Senator Daines’ initiative at the 2017 Montana Ag Summit,” Bassanini stated.  “We operate in a dynamic and highly competitive global marketplace and the opportunity to bring together stakeholders within the agricultural supply chain, will facilitate in shaping strategies and policies for sustainability and future growth.  I commend Senator Daines contagious passion for promoting U.S. and Montana agriculture and ensuring a voice in Congress and abroad, for farmers and ranchers across the Big Sky country and beyond.” 

United Grain Corporation is a bulk grain export company located in Vancouver, Washington.  Formed in 1969, UGC quickly established itself as a premier wheat export company delivering high quality products to customers overseas and superior services to suppliers across the Pacific Northwest.

The summit, co-sponsored by Daines, will take place in Great Falls on May 31 and June 1, 2017. The Montana Ag Summit will bring the nation’s agricultural leaders to Montana’s Golden Triangle. The focus of the summit is on strengthening international relationships for Montana agriculture, showcasing technological advancements, promoting the next generation of farmers and ranchers, and discussing the challenges of federal policies and regulations.

Members of the press are welcome to attend. To register and for more information please visit www.agsummitmontana.com.

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March 21st, 2017|
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