Agriculture

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 north central Montana that his grandparents homesteaded over a century ago, and he understands firsthand the challenges facing family farmers and ranchers.

That’s why Jon is taking on consolidation in agriculture, where he’s seen unfair practices from multi-national corporations squeeze Montana’s family farmers and ranchers out of business while making record profits at their expense.

Jon understands that capitalism only works with competition, so he’s working across the aisle to get more market transparency and competition in the industry with bills to put some real teeth in the Packers and Stockyards Act, to ensure only American beef is labeled “Product of USA,” and to get fair prices for farmers and ranchers.

Jon is also fighting to open Montana producers up to new markets, and to protect their bottom lines by saving them time and money with the right to repair their own farm equipment.

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..

Tester Statement on Appointment of Maureen “Morb” Wicks to be Montana’s Farm Service Agency Di...

U.S. Senator Jon Tester today released the following statement on the appointment of Maureen “Morb” Wicks to be the U.S. Department of Agriculture State Executive Director (SED) for the Montana Farm Service Agency (FSA).

Tester’s Bipartisan Bills to Protect Ranchers, Lower Food Costs for Consumers Clear Senate Committee

Senator’s legislation would increase competition in ag markets, crack down on consolidation in industry

At Committee Hearing, Tester Promotes St. Mary’s Reinvestment Act, Urges Swift Action

Senator’s legislation will authorize $52 million to rehabilitate the St. Mary's Diversion, set the cost share for the rehabilitation