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Senator Tester Tours Local Milling Plant

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Montana is an agriculture state, first and foremost, so when the Treasure State can produce the highest quality products, it's good news for our workers.  Senator Jon Tester spent the afternoon touring the Montana Milling Company and came away liking what he saw.

"They've been around for four years and really do what I think we need to do more of in Montana and that's add value.  Create jobs through adding value to our raw products.  Agriculture is the number one industry here and these kind of plants employ people and create some economy and I think it's a positive thing," said Senator Tester.

The Montana Milling Company uses some of the best technology to clean the grain and produce the best raw product, which Senator Tester believes is crucial.

"You know we raise a lot of wheat and a lot of it goes on a train and is shipped to a port and goes overseas and that's good.  But, if we can keep a little of it here, create a few jobs and add value to it, and really take some of what we grow very, very well, wheat, and it's some of the best in the world, add a little value to it, we can use Montana as a marketing tool which I'm sure is what these guys are doing if you just take a look at their name," said Senator Tester.

When it comes to agriculture on a national level, the Farm Bill is the biggest concern, and Senator Tester wants to see it passed to help our local farmers.

"Farmers need the certainty.  It provides a safety net that we need in production agriculture.  And for those who need nutrition assistance, it's also very important for them.  So I think, hopefully, the House and the Senate will work together, put the partisanship aside, work for the folks who utilize agriculture, and that's everyone who eats plus the folks who grow it, and I think we can end up with a good Farm Bill that will work," said Senator Tester.

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