The 2011 MAGIE (Montana Agricultural and Industrial Exhibit) is scheduled Jan. 20-22, in Great Falls at the 4 Seasons Arena on the State Fairgrounds.
MAGIE is Montana’s largest farm and ranch trade show, with over 200 exhibitors scheduled to attend. You’ll see the latest in farming technology: including irrigation technology, guidance systems, implements, business management, livestock handling equipment and wind power just to name a few.
MAGIE is also hosting several workshops, which will all be held in the Paddock building on the State Fairgrounds. Jim Sargent of KMON tells the I-O, “Thursday will feature three tremendous speakers beginning with 2010 National FFA officer candidate, Karrisa Floerchinger, who will be discussing the National FFA convention.”
He went on to add, “Former KMON Radio Ag Director and now Northwest Farm Credit Agent, Shawn Fladager, will visit about 2011 Crop insurance updates. Finally, on Thursday, there will be a presentation on Livestock Markets and future outlook for 2011.”
The first presentation is slated for 11 a.m.
On Friday, Brian Gion with MCDC, (Montana Cooperative Development, will give insight on some Cooperative Opportunities available.
Following Gion will be a hands-on workshop on wheat weaving presented by Lauree Ferda. To wrap up the day, the Head of the Montana State Grain Lab, Jeff Rumney, will talk about events at the State Grain Lab.
Saturday will be extremely busy as Howard Bouma (Conrad), with Northern Montana Insurance Services, will be a presenter at 11 a.m., shedding some light on the ever changing Health Care Programs for this year. Bouma has contacted Monica Lindeen, Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance, to come from Helena; “This is a must to get some answers on what we can expect with our Health Care concerns,” Sargent said.
MAGIE will once again play host to several 4-H and FFA student contests, with top individuals receiving $100 scholarships.
Sponsors of the scholarships include: Mountain View Co-op, Stockman Bank, Western Livestock, Montana Grain Growers Association, Torgersons, Northwest Farm Credit Services and the Eric Dawson Family.
Nearly 500 4-H and FFA members will attend these contests.
Tickets to attend MAGIE are free at any MAGIE exhibitor prior to the show or for a small fee at the door.
The doors for the MAGIE will open at 10 a.m. on Thursday and Friday and 9 a.m. on Saturday.