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 on SEC Climate Rule: Agency Shouldn’t Create ‘burdensome reporting requirements for production agriculture’
Senator secured commitment from SEC Chairman in September to protect farmers and ranchers U.S. Senator Jon Tester today once again pushed the leader of the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) to avoid taking any action that would lead to burdensome reporting requirements for...
Tester Secures $2 Million to Fund Existing and Startup Meat and Poultry Processing Operations in Montana
Funding comes from Senator’s American Rescue Plan Act U.S. Senator Jon Tester today secured $2,000,000 from the Meat and Poultry Intermediary Lending Program for the Great Falls Development Authority Inc (GFDA). This program was funded through Tester’s American Rescue Plan Act. The...
Tester Secures Nearly $292,000 to Increase Competition and Expand Meat and Poultry Processing Capacity in Montana
Funding comes from Senator’s American Rescue Plan Act U.S. Senator Jon Tester today announced that he secured $291,900 from the Meat and Poultry Processing Expansion Program (MPPEP) for the Montana Premium Processing Cooperative (MPPC) in Havre. This program was funded through...