Posted: Sep 14, 2013 3:20 PM by MTN News
Updated: Sep 14, 2013 11:17 PM
OVANDO - Senator Max Baucus continued his swing across Western Montana on Saturday, this time bringing ambassadors from several countries to a ranch outside Ovando.
Many countries still block American ranchers from selling in their markets - including China and Japan - who were both represented on Saturday's tour.
"In Montana, 50 percent of our economy is tied to agriculture, and about 35 percent of our total agricultural sales are beef. Montana jobs are on the line, and I won't sit by and let our ranchers be blocked out of some of the world's most important markets," Baucus said.
He added the tour offered a chance to show the visiting dignitaries that "Montana ranchers produce the safest, highest-quality beef in the world," he added.
The ambassadors have been with Baucus as he plays host in before the Montana Economic Development Summit kicks-off in Butte on Monday.