Three Forks Native Recipient of CattleWomen’s Scholarship

The 2015 Montana Cattlewomen’s Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to Lilly Brogger, a senior at Montana State University, Bozeman. Lilly is majoring in English Writing with a minor in Agricultural Business. She has already aligned herself on her career path by writing agriculture-related articles for the school newspaper, The MSU Exponent. Lilly’s plan is to become a Professional Agricultural Journalist.

Lilly is the daughter of Marc and Lola Brogger of Three Forks, Montana. Coming from a ranch background herself, Lilly knows she can be a bridge between the producer and consumer. “No community can function without good communication,” states Lilly, “and part of good communication is working with the opposition”.

With all of the misconceptions in today’s world of “where our food comes from” and the extremely high percentage of people who are uneducated or misinformed as to our role as farmers and ranchers, the challenge to clearly communicate is enormous. Lilly recognizes the importance and the need for writers with an ag background, who can more easily and effectively share the agricultural community’s story.

The Montana Cattlewomen’s Scholarship is in the amount of $1,000 and is funded through memorials. This scholarship was established in 1963, which makes this the 53rd consecutive year it has been awarded to a worthy student.

As a voice for the producer, Lilly Brogger will surely be an asset to the agriculture and livestock industry.  Congratulations Lilly – The Montana Cattlewomen are proud to invest in you!

Montana CattleWomen Offer $1000 Memorial Scholarship

For the 53rd consecutive year, the Montana CattleWomen are offering a $1,000 scholarship to a Montana resident. Applicants must be enrolled in a Montana college or university, be at least a sophomore with a 2.7 or better GPA. Preference will be given to an applicant majoring a field beneficial to the livestock industry.

The scholarship will be awarded to a student based on a balance of grades, citizenship and financial need. Last year’s recipient was Ariel Overstreet-Adkins, originally of Big Timber, who is currently a student at the University of Montana School of Law.

Application forms are available at college Financial Aid Offices throughout Montana or online at MontanaCattleWomen.org. Completed applications must be submitted to the Montana CattleWomen office (420 N. California, Helena, MT 59601) and postmarked no later than April 15, 2015. For questions or more information, contact the Scholarship Chair, Lindsey Habets at (406) 861-8655 or email lindsey@hilinewebdesign.com.

This memorial scholarship is funded entirely by donations given in memory of friends and loved ones of Montana CattleWomen.

Calling All Montana CattleWomen to Mid-Year

By Wanda Pinnow, Baker, Montana CattleWomen President

I would like to take this time to invite you and your members to come to Montana CattleWomen’s Mid-Year meeting to be held in wonderful Livingston. Park County CattleWomen will be our host for this year’s event on June 20-21 at the Yellowstone Inn and Convention Center.

We have several items available for each affiliate who attends this year’s Mid-Year meetings. To guide you in presenting to local classrooms, we will have DVDs on the Cheeseburger and “Wow the Cow” programs. There will be Beef Checkoff signs available as well. With the help of Bayer and American National Cattlewomen, each Affiliate that attends Mid-Year will receive the book, “Our Star Goes West” by the Chaney Twins. This book will be provided for you to take into local classrooms and read to the class or to donate to donate to the library of your choice.

We will close out the meeting with a few speakers this year including the new Montana Beef Ambassador, Landra Lucas and Park County’s own Lois Olmstead. You might think you have heard Lois before, but she has promised something new and entertaining. Montana Stockgrowers’ Ryan Goodman will wrap up the day with a discussion on how we can be advocates for the ranching and beef communities across Montana.

We always have learning experiences at our Mid-Year and Winter conferences and we encourage more Montana CattleWomen to take advantage of these workshops. We learn by sharing ideas and discussing our dilemmas that we run into.

Registration is $60 and includes dinner on Friday; breakfast, lunch and snacks on Saturday; along with speakers and materials. Rooms are available at $79.99 per night plus taxes if reserved by June 1. Contact Suze Bohleen of the Park County CattleWomen for more information and registration details. We hope to see you in Livingston!

MSU Collegiate Cattlewomen making a difference with big food donation

BOZEMAN – A Montana State University club has won a national competition, and the prize – 30,500 pounds of chicken products from Tyson Foods, Inc.  – is scheduled to arrive the morning of Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the Gallatin Valley Food Bank.

The Collegiate CattleWomen’s Club won the contest by collecting 500 pounds of canned goods during the annual “Can the Griz” food drive last fall and completing other weekly assignments in the annual Animal Agricultural Alliance Online College Aggies Scholarship Competition. The Animal Agriculture Alliance is one of the largest animal agricultural industry nonprofit organizations in the country. Since the group launched the national online competition in 2009, more than 1,500 college students from more than 100 colleges and universities have participated.

Bronya Renfrow, president of the Collegiate CattleWomen’s Club, said the MSU club decided to donate its prize to the Gallatin Valley Food Bank. Food Bank Coordinator Jill Holder said the food bank will share the gift with other groups, which might include senior centers, group homes and nonprofit organizations.

She has never received a single donation this large during her time with the food bank, Holder said.

“This donation is a really big deal, and it’s incredibly helpful to our valley families,” Holder said. “This donation will provide protein for almost an entire year, so it’s an enormous contribution. Buying protein can get expensive so we’re thankful and excited for the donation.”

Renfrow said she is proud of her club for winning the competition.

“For such a small club to be able to accomplish something like this is incredible. It’s a huge honor. It hasn’t quite sunk in how many local families the donation will help to feed,” said Renfrow from Pleasantville, Iowa, a senior majoring in agricultural education (agricultural relations).

The club only placed food boxes in Linfield Hall and the Animal Bioscience Building for the fall food drive, Renfrow said.

“We were really surprised we won the food drive because we only placed boxes in a few buildings, so it’s a real testament to the staff, students and faculty in those buildings who helped us to win this,” she said.

The Collegiate CattleWomen Club has approximately 15 members, Renfrow said. One of 27 clubs in the MSU College of Agriculture, its mission is to promote beef.

“We emphasize that meat is a good source of zinc, iron and protein, and lean meat can be good for you,” Renfrow said.

In addition to the food drive, the MSU club handed out beef sticks and fact sheets last fall for a “Meet the Meat” event on campus. Last spring, it held a 5K race and barbecue, titled “Meat at the Finish Line.” It will hold the same event this year on Saturday, April 12. Throughout the school year, club members give “Perfect Cheeseburger” presentations at elementary schools, demonstrating and explaining the nutrition in each layer of a cheeseburger.