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It’s a First – MT Sends “All Female” Delegation to NFU Convention

March 15, 2011

GREAT FALLS, Mont. - The Farm Bill, biotechnology, and U.S. trade relations are the topics of study today and Wednesday for Montana Farmers Union elected delegates at the National Farmers Union (NFU) Convention in San Antonio, Texas. And for the first time, Big Sky Country's delegates are all women.

Big Sandy farmer Kristie Rutledge is one of them.

"The biggest thing is that we represent our neighbors. We want to make sure that we support Montana agriculture so that everyone can make a living."

Rutledge says although there isn't a specific break-out session on the topic of soaring fuel prices, they've certainly become a hot discussion item, especially in meetings about renewable energy options for family operations.

"Renewable energy is always big, because of the fuel and fertilizer costs."

Rutledge and the other elected delegates bring their Montana perspective to the table as the NFU sets national public policy goals.

Lynnette Downs from Molt, and Kathy Courtnage from Geraldine are also delegates, along with Briana Green from Highwood, who is the youth delegate.

Details about the national convention are at

Deb Courson, Public News Service - MT