PUBLISHER IN PRISON — Thursday, I-O publisher Pat Lee, was given the opportunity to visit the Crossroads Correctional Center in Shelby along with four others to judge the pods decorated for Christmas. Snowflakes galore adorned this particular section of Pod F. Materials available for the inmates to use were paper and cardboard products. I-O Photo by Pat Lee
The 127th Annual Montana Stockgrowers Association Convention and Trade Show, held at the Holiday Inn Grand Montana in Billings, Dec. 15-17, drew over 740 participants from across the state.
Nearly 100 people participated in the Young Stockgrowers events, representing the largest showing of that group at any convention.
“It was great to see all the young people at our meeting learning about our association and policy process, and really getting involved,” said Watty Taylor, MSGA’s president. “Although 2011 hasn’t been without its challenges, everyone seemed to be in high spirits thanks to the record high cattle market, the mild winter we’ve been having so far this year, and a chance to meet up with friends at convention time.”
Walter “Watty” Taylor, of Kirby was elected to his second one-year term as President; Tucker Hughes of Stanford was elected to his second one-year term as 1st Vice President; and Gene Curry of Valier was elected to his second one-year term as 2nd Vice President.
Leon LaSalle of Havre was newly elected to the Board of Directors representing the North Central District, filling the seat vacated by Kraig Meeks of Geraldine. Jed Evjene of Two Dot was also elected to the Board representing the South Central District, filling the seat of Jason Camp of Belgrade. Fred Wacker of Miles City was elected representing the Southeast District, filling the seat of Don Griffin of Ismay.
Mick Denowh of Sidney (Northeast District), and Heath Martinell of Dillon (Western District), were elected to their second two-year terms on the Board of Directors.
Bill Donald, past president of MSGA and current president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA), and current MSGA President, Watty Taylor, held a “town hall” discussion as the keynote presentation for the Opening General Session on Dec. 16.
They discussed state and national issues facing the two associations and took questions from the crowd. Topics covered included the recently passed Free Trade Agreements, brucellosis, the Farm Bill, estate tax, GIPSA rule revisions, the child labor law proposal, and a recap of the 2011 Montana Legislature.