Montana Farm Bureau Posts Candidate Interviews 

October 6, 2020

Wondering who to vote for? The Montana Farm Bureau Federation has interviewed the candidates who will serve on the State Land Board. According to the State of Montana, “State trust lands are managed by the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) Trust Lands Management Division. Timber, surface, and mineral resources are managed for the benefit of the common schools and the other endowed institutions in Montana, under the direction of the State Board of Land Commissioners. The board consists of Montana's five top elected officials.”

MFBF Executive Vice President John Youngberg explained, “The reason these land board positions are especially important is that some of our members have grazing leases on those state land sections which fund our land-grant universities. We need to elect people to these offices who understand how essential state lands are to agriculture.”

Each candidate was asked three of the same questions and one unique question per office. Be sure to watch the unedited interviews that will post each day to the Montana Farm Bureau Facebook page @montanafarmbureau (schedule below) and in addition will be uploaded to Montana Farm Bureau’s website, and available to be viewed October 5, 2020.

10/5 – Secretary of State: Bryce Bennett (D) and Christi Jacobsen (R)

10/6 – State Auditor: Shane Morigeau and (D) Troy Downing (R)

10/7 – Superintendent of Public instruction: Melissa Romano (D) and Elsie Arntzen (R)

10/8 – Attorney General: Ralph Graybill (D) and Austin Knudsen (R) 

10/9 – Governor: Mike Cooney (D) and Greg Gianforte (R)  

Source: MFBF