sen. max baucus' surprise announcement that he won't be running for a seventh term shocked montanans and especially those in agriculture.
"his leadership is important. that will be missed," says chris christiaens, legislative and project specialist with the montana famers union.
christaens from the montana farmers union says sen. max baucus roles in various committees has helped agriculure, the number one industry in the state.
"he has always served on the senate ag committee and during that time, we've had a couple of farm bills for five year extensions each time or new farm bills over that period."
they hope he will continue to work out a farm bill for the next fiscal year. the current bill has been extended until september 30th by the federal government. but thinking ahead, the hope baucus' successor is just as involved.
"to take his place is going to have to work to get up into the same status as far as committee assignments."
the montana farmers union hasn't supported all of baucus' worldtrade but they do give him some credit him with success of wheat export.
"the exports of american products particularly montana wheat has been critical to the success of montana farmers and ranchers."
the union hopes whoever is elected works closely with famers and ranchers.