Public Education Policy
Education is the
cornerstone of our democracy. It has long been
regarded as a national ethic, preceding the
establishment of our country as an independent
nation. The Montana Farmers Union offers several scholarships to promote students who want to
go further in the study of agriculture.
National Farmers Union offers curriculum ideas for educators of all age groups
- Support equitable,
quality, inclusive education for all
levels because this benefits not only
individuals, but our state as well. An
educated citizenry is a social
protection and an unparalleled economic
advantage. We regard education as a
public utility, not a fringe benefit.
- Promote education in
cooperative philosophy and practical
cooperative business operations in our
public schools both locally and with the
State Department of Education.
- Support adequate
funding for Agriculture in Montana
- Continue to work for
equity in access and quality of
educational opportunity for rural areas.
- Urge adequate funding
for vocational-technical education.
- Commend and support
post-secondary efforts such as WAMI (a
consortium made up of the states of
Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho)
and WICHE (Western Interstate Commission
for Higher Education), both of which
offer educational opportunities,
particularly in professional programs,
not available in Montana.
- Urge higher priority
and greater financial support for
education on the state and national
- Reinforce methods to
make school personnel aware of quality
educational and resource materials on
cooperative businesses and philosophy.
- Compile and keep
current a list of local and regional
scholarships available at Montana's
schools and colleges for students in
- Support the research
and education activities of the Rural
Policy Institute as a means of raising
the quality of public debate on issues
affecting rural people and the State of
- Recognizing the value
of Ag Education and specifically the FFA
program, we urge the state legislature
to provide the specialists necessary to
strengthen and continue this program.
- MFU urges continued
support for the 6-mill levy, supporting
the University system of Montana.