I've been involved in the Beef Cattle industry since I was old enough to walk. I majored in Ag Business with a minor in Animal Science at Montana State University. I have lobbied on behalf of Montana's Ag producers during my four years as a director for the Montana Stockgrower's Association, and currently oversee advertising dollars spent on behalf of Montana's beef checkoff stakeholders as a director of the Montana Beef Council. I am passionate about production agriculture not just because it is my livelihood, but because it is the foundation of our entire standard of living in the United States. Americans spend around 10% of their disposable income on food. This compares to 50% in India and 70% in much of Africa. One reason Americans have so much money to spend on houses, cars, appliances and still have money left over to invest is that they feed themselves so cheaply. A wise man once said that when you have enough to eat, you have many problems; when you are starving, you have only one.
Americans have been so well fed by so few for so long that they take the most abundant, safest, and cheapest food supply ever provided in the history of mankind entirely for granted. Montana agriculture is constantly under attack by out of state funded extremist groups that seek to control our natural resources. I will be a staunch defender of Montana's biggest, greenest, and most important industry.