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

Montana Cattlewomen Award Scholarship for 55th Year

Headshot Peter .JPGThe 2017 Montana Cattlewomen’s Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to Peter Taylor, who has completed his first year at the Alexander Blewett III School of Law, University of Montana. Peter is a third generation participant in his family’s ranching business near Kirby, MT.

Peter was one of five highly qualified applicants for the scholarship.

Peter earned his B.A. degree in Geology and Governmental Studies at Bowdoin College, graduating in 2000. He returned to the ranch and has actively served on the Montana Farm Bureau Federation Board for several years. It is that position which opened his eyes to the breadth of litigation facing farming and ranching in Montana and also renewed in him a desire to attend law school and take a more active role in defending our industry.

Peter is the son of Walter and Lila Taylor. Peter and his wife Amanda have 3 young daughters. He says that ranching is “in his blood”, and he looks forward to being a knowledgeable voice for ranching in the courtroom.

The Montana Cattlewomen’s Scholarship is in the amount of $1000 and is funded through memorials. This scholarship was established in 1963, which makes this the 55thconsecutive year it has been awarded to a worthy student.

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