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Jul 5, 2018

Montana Ag Producers, Businesses Tell Tester Tariffs are Hurting Their Operations

Senator Hosts Listening Session to Hear How Shifting Trade Policies Impact State’s Economy


(Billings, Mont.)­—Montana farmers, ranchers, and small business owners today told U.S. Senator Jon Tester that recently imposed tariffs are creating enormous uncertainty for them.

Tester, during a listening session at the Billings Chamber of Commerce, heard from a panel of agriculture producers and businesses who rely on access to international markets.

“These businesses made it very clear that tariffs are threatening jobs and their bottom lines,” said Tester, the U.S. Senate’s only working farmer. “Montana needs certainty so producers and business owners can strengthen our economy. I will defend our state from this looming trade war that puts our jobs and economy at risk.”

The following individuals participated in the listening session hosted by Tester:

  • Michelle Erickson-Jones, Montana Grain Growers 
  • Chris Skorupa, U.S. Cattlemen's Association, Rural & Agricultural Council of America, and Beartooth Fertilizer Co. 
  • Herb Karst, Karag Inc. 
  • Shane Strecker, American Sugarbeet Growers Association 
  • Dan Brooks, Billings Chamber of Commerce 
  • Stefan Streeter, Montana Department of Transportation 
  • Honore Bray, Missoula Public Library 

Tester recently voted for and helped pass a Farm Bill through the Senate.


Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.


Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768


Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647


Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586


Capital One Center
208 N Montana Avenue, Suite 202
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462


8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974


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Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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