Post written by Janine Merrill, Stockman BankMarketing Officer
Oh, beautiful for spacious skies,
for amber waves of grain.
For purple mountain majesties,
Above the fruited plain!
Lyrics that have stood the test of time, and a song that has been rooted in American culture for generations, America the Beautiful was written by Katharine Lee Bates in 1912.
One can only imagine that her inspiration for writing it must have included the beauty of Montana and all it has to offer.
Whether you are driving across the state or peering down at it from a jet far above, vast strips and fields of cropland are prevalent everywhere.
Amber waves of grain are truly plentiful in our landscape and present themselves in all their colorful beauty.
Two of the most prominent grains, wheat and barley, have been produced by Montana farmers for generations.
According to the 2017 Montana Agricultural Statistics publication by The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), over 5,130,000 acres of wheat were planted and harvested in 2016.
This included different varieties of Winter Wheat, Durum Wheat, and Spring Wheat. In addition, 990,000 acres of Barley were planted and harvested.
Montana wheat continues to be among the best quality in the world.
Montana also continues to be the leading producer of pulse crops (dried peas, edible beans, lentils and chickpeas are the most common varieties). Undeniably, agriculture continues to be the backbone of Montana’s economy.
For over 60 years, the Montana Grain Growers Association (MGGA) has proudly advocated for Montana wheat and barley producers.
Organized in 1956, MGGA is recognized as a grain industry leader and is the only organization dedicated solely to representing the interests of Montana wheat and barley producers.
Working on issues that are critical to Montana growers’ success like crop insurance, the farm bill, trade policy, and transportation, as well as federal and state regulations and rising input costs, MGGA has a long history of success.
The organization’s honesty, integrity, and hard work have earned them the respect of congressional delegations, state legislators, and administrators at all levels.
The MGGA is holding its annual Convention and Trade Show November 27-29 in Great Falls at the Best Western Heritage Inn. This is an excellent opportunity to be part of one of Montana’s largest, most successful and respected agricultural gatherings.
All three days are filled with presentations on many varied and interesting topics as well as a large trade show featuring vendors from all over Montana.
There is no better convention to attend to get up to date on all things farming and current trends. It’s also a great opportunity to network with new and old friends.
As Montana’s largest Ag bank, we’re proud to support the MGGA and the work it does on behalf of Montana’s farmers.
Make it a point to stop by our booth while you attend the trade show. Be sure to chat with our friendly and knowledgeable Ag loan officers.
Have a cup of coffee on us, pick up a giveaway, and let’s talk farming!