As the U.S. Senate’s only working farmer, Jon knows that agriculture is the backbone of Montana’s economy.
Jon farms the same land in northcentral Montana that his grandparents homesteaded over a century ago, and he understands firsthand the challenges facing family farmers and ranchers.
As a member of the Senate’s Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, Jon knows Montana producers need a Farm Bill that strengthens safety nets and allows family farms and ranches to survive periods of low commodity prices. The Farm Bill needs to be a tool that farmers and ranchers can use to increase competition in the marketplace, invest in new research, and increase access to ports along the northern border.
Jon is also fighting to expand access to markets so farmers can sell their products in countries like China and Cuba while maintaining and expanding market access in Mexico and Canada. Jon is committed to working with the Administration on trade agreements that meet the needs of producers while keeping jobs here in Montana.
Jon is also fighting to cut taxes for Montana’s farmers and ranchers, ensuring that they can keep their equipment up to date.
Above all, Jon is fighting to ensure Montana producers have access to the resources they need to grow their bottom lines, strengthen their communities, and pass down their operations to the next generation—just like Jon hopes to pass his farm down to his grandkids.
September 19, 2019| View More
U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced $164,480 in grants to fund hemp research at Montana State University and organize a hemp trade team within the Montana Department of Agriculture to establish Canadian hemp markets. The funds include a $79,217 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and a $85,263 matching …
September 17, 2019| View More
From the Senate Floor, Tester Demands Trump Administration ‘quit playing games with American agriculture’ on Trade
U.S. Senator Jon Tester, the Senate’s only working farmer, today took to the Senate floor to demand the Trump Administration “quit playing games with American agriculture,” and quickly end the trade war with China to avoid further damage to family farmers in Montana and across the country.
September 10, 2019| View More
For Leadership on Family Farm Agriculture, Montana Farmers Union Honors Tester with Golden Triangle Award
U.S. Senator Jon Tester today was honored by the Montana Farmers Union for his leadership on issues facing …
September 9, 2019| View More
U.S. Senator Jon Tester announced today that federally insured credit unions may now provide financial services to legally operating hemp businesses and farmers under a new guidance published by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). This decision comes after months of efforts by Tester to reduce burdensome regulations and provide …
September 9, 2019| View More
U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced more than $9 million has been awarded to help Montana floodplain managers map and prepare for potential flooding each spring.