Women Stepping Forward for Agriculture

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2018 Women Stepping Forward for Agriculture Conference

Pack your blue jeans and head for Billings to attend the Women Stepping Forward for Agriculture (WSFA) Conference! This year’s conference will be held October 2-4 at the DoubleTree Hotel.

The annual conference began in 2001 and has evolved each year since, and is now planned by a committee of agriculture-minded ladies from across the state. Their mission is to empower women involved in all sectors of agriculture through education, collaboration and networking, to ensure the success of farms and ranches across the region.

This year’s agenda promises to give attendees a blend of education, entertainment and inspiration. Topics covered this year range from the Farm Bill and financial strategies to overcoming the opioid epidemic and alternative forages. Attendees can interact with presenters during the popular Women in Business panel, and new this year, the Generational Differences panel with a range of Montana agriculture couples sharing their success and failures as they forge their way. This year’s keynote speaker will tackle the difficult topic of suicide in rural communities through “Lipstick, Laughter and Life” with inspiration and motivational speaker, Renee Rongen.

Register by September 9 and receive early bird pricing at $70 ($90 after September 10), which includes all meals and speakers. Hotel reservations also need to be made by September 9 to receive a rate of $109. For all the details, visit the website at http://www.womensteppingforward.org.

Running the Ranch

Pickup trucks, working dogs, cowboy hats, and running shoes. These were the diverse sights I registered as my eyes scanned the 100-plus crowd gathered under Montana’s Big Sky this past Saturday.  Read more by Tim Griffiths from the Natural Resources Conservation Service here.

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The Montana Ranch Run is a 25-mile race that takes participants through three ranches, giving them a firsthand view of ranching in Meagher County. Tim Griffiths with the Natural Resources Conservation Service was one of the participants in the race this past weekend.




Voices of Montana – Montana Beef Council and why it matters

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For Montana’s largest industry, the current court battle over the Beef Check-off is a big deal. The Montana Beef Council is organized to protect and increase demand for beef and beef products through state, national, and international consumer marketing programs. R-Calf is suing to try to change the process that previously sent 50% of the funds to be directed by the Montana Beef Council.

Kristin Larson of Sidney was a recent guest on the Voices of Montana to discuss the importance of the Montana Beef Council. She serves on the federation of state beef councils and represents the 45 councils that collect the $1 per head beef check-off. Have a listen: Voices of Montana w/Jon Arneson feat. Kristin Larson