KRTV: Senator Daines focuses on Agriculture concerns during state-wide tour

GREAT FALLS – Senator Steve Daines spent the past week visiting communities around Montana, wrapping up the 56 county tour Thursday in Chester.

The senator says the tour gave him important feedback on key issues facing Montanans, including natural resource development creating more jobs along with issues farmers and ranchers are facing.    

Daines says the top concern was the future of agriculture, the state’s top industry.

“We have a big state, it’s a great state, and it’s the best part of my job is having a chance to sit down and have a cup of coffee with a lot of our farmers and ranchers talking about how things are going,” said Daines. 

One bright spot this year was the lifting of a ban on U.S. beef imports. Both senator Daines and Democrat Jon Tester are working to increase trade opportunities for Montana beef and grain, especially in Asia.

Daines says he will continue working to break down trade barriers, to give Montana farmers and ranchers more access to international markets. 

More information on Daines’ state-wide tour can be found at