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GMO Nightmare

 
The subject of GMO's is something which I have received a few emails concerning my position on lately and one request to write a blog on the issue to share it better.  I have been in many discussions on this matter in person with people and on the Internet yet have missed expanding on it here.
GMO's is a very important subject in my humble opinion although not so with many in the political world. We have here the issue of personal freedoms and the right to know about and control what we take into our bodies, possible health issues and governmental control over our lives.

Economic Growth

 
The plans for the economy is a subject which needs to be handled as a cross spectrum situation. There are many things that effect our economy which need to all be addressed. I promote our economy on this premise. To start with we have to drive home the point that government can not create jobs. It can only create an atmosphere which allows for individuals to do so. The true base to build Montanas economy does not come from outside corp. influence. Our economy will only grow when we create Montana based businesses by Montanans. Cutting business taxes for Montanans who are currently in business or want to start one is a must. Getting rid of the maze of specialty licenses, requirements and over regulation is also a must. My plan includes these steps. I also promote the growth of co-ops. These organizations assist people in purchasing items for personal/business use at a lower cost, and gives a means for small producers to combine products for better market introduction. I also push hard for a more value added aspect to our production and marketing methods. It makes no sense at all to export raw products then import finished goods from these products back into the state. Let's create the finished products here at home, this will lower our cost as consumers within the state and give us a better return on what we ship out of state thus boosting the states economy. I am also pushing the hemp market (which is legal in MT). With putting just 1% of our agricultural lands under hemp we would boost the state economy well over $100 million dollars a year off just raw material and oil alone. Finished goods from this product would grow the economy many times over. It would also enrich our soil for other crops on a rotating basis, help purify the air better and clean up surface water which seaps into our water table. It is pest resistant and can be grown chemical free, thus being even better for our environment and creating a better profit margin than traditional crops with less cost to the farmer and less impact on the environment. I also promote better harvesting of our natural resources. This is one area Montana is in a prime spot to capitalize on. Better management of our wooded areas would boost our timber businesses, clean up large areas of bad lands, and cut our expenses on battling wild fires. This act alone would also help with air and water quality, and less medical bills to Montanans as a result of smoke issues related to wild fires. Insurance cost would come down as property would not be as threatened. All these things would free up money resources for Montana citizens which they would by human nature spend elsewhere on goods and services which would actually increase our economy vs draining it of funds or costing the state hough sums of money to combat. One area the state could help in a direct manner to boost the economy which does happen to be the responsibility of the state is with our infrastructure. Better flow of goods and services from a sound and sufficient infrastructure, (roads, power, water, communication), increases our ability to do business and have lower cost means of getting goods from production spots to market. There are areas within our current agricultural industry that we need to expand in which would also pick up our economy. The layout I have given here would grow the Montana economy and create good paying jobs across the state, virtually eliminating unemployment issues for our citizens.

Bison Management

 There there are times when our present Governor has nit-picked where and what on he would stand up to the federal government. Some of his stands were about lame at best. Bison management being one of them. I understand the concern of ranchers not wanting to see a spread of disease to cattle herds, and the concern of some over property damage. Fact is to avoid possible property damage would constitute elimination of a species which is not acceptable. This is a situation which could be handled in a reasonable manner for all concerned without the game playing and pitting segments of the population against each other for personal or political gain.

Government Get Off Our Farms

 
A growing concern that many farms could or will go out of business due to vast Federal mandates and regulations is not unfounded and should be a concern of all Montanans. These mandates cause a crushing blow to our farmers financially. Our Federal government with its overzealous regulations and attempt of micromanaging our farms is killing  the local food infrastructure and possible growth. The regulatory stresses produced at the Federal and State level is our largest obstacle to business survival, growth and profitability.

Our Chance to Build a Great Future For Montana Families

You will see a good number of postings and hear me speak about the growing of hemp and the importance to our economy and many other areas. The benefits of this aspect being added to our agricultural base can not be stressed enough. I will approach this posting from a different angle in order to show just how much the population at a whole can gain.
 
It has been pointed out that the large farmers are hesitant to make this move out of fear of loosing their subsidies. Although in growing hemp they would by far make out better by doing so.

Leading By Example

It have had a thought of mine re-affirmed by someone who has been speaking with a some farmers around the state. Here is where our so called conservative base is heading. They cry and moan about federal spending, yet they are not wild about commercial hemp even though it would bring in massive money and jobs into our state. The reason. Federal Subsidies. They are making too much of the Federal teet for doing nothing.
 
I on the other hand will be putting my actions where my mouth is. If anyone has looked at the license procedure and the expiration date of said license for growing hemp in Montana you will see there is no sense in going through the process before next spring. Although I am at total odds with the state for the stupid hoops they require to obtain a commercial hemp license and will fight like mad to get this asinine procedure removed, I will be obtaining one next spring and will be planting my crop. Even without a processor to handle this crop. It matters not to me if I grind it all up in a chipper/threader and add it to other ingredients to make compost it is the fact that I actually did it putting my actions where my mouth is and challenging the establishment.

Removing The Road Blocks

 One move I will make as Governor of Montana will be to eliminate the red tape involved in order to grow hemp. There is no reason what so ever to have to pass a background check, be finger printed or pay a yearly fee in order to grow a plant such as hemp. We don't require this of farmers of other food, energy, or building material goods. Hemp farmers are no different from those raising wheat, corn, cotton, hay, or beets. Any legislator who does not want to go to war with me on this issue needs to resign from office and stay out of public office. To borrow a phase from someone else I know, "NUFF SAID!".

Narrow Views by Our Leaders and Farmers

As all know, Montana is primarily an agricultural state. It is the largest industry we have. In my view we have had a very limited view of how to go about this. Our leaders and farmers are stuck in the "this is cow country" mentality and thus holding our economy back. I'll deal with a few of the issues here with more to follow in later blogs.
 
First off we raise better than 3 million cattle a year here in Montana, Yet 90% of these are shipped out of state for slaughter and processing.