Next generation conference set for Shelby, Jan. 24-15

Mark your calendar to join FSA, MSU Extension, Marias River Livestock Association and the Front Range Counties Farm Bureau for the Montana’s Next Generation Conference Jan. 24 and 25.

Events will start at 1 p.m. on Friday at the Coyote Club and Events Center in Shelby, with Kevin Spafford of the Legacy Project.

The afternoon will be filled with workshops and group discussion designed to help producers of all generations start the process of succession planning for their operation. The day will conclude with a roast beef dinner and introductory address from the Curry family who is transitioning their operation along with a discussion panel of local experts involved in estate planning.

“This is something that every young producer needs to plan to attend. And as we all get older, succession planning is something we need to be thinking about as well. Montana Farm Bureau Federation is committed to helping with this process and are excited to be able to help bring this event to our state and community,” said Ken Johnson, of Conrad, President of the Front Range Counties Farm Bureau and the District Nine Director for the Farm Bureau Federation.

 Saturday, events will include workshops from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. covering production and financial record keeping, beef cattle nutrition, herd health management, predator control, marketing for crops and livestock, crop scouting, fertilizer and chemical updates, estate planning, EPDs, genetic selection and many more.

There will be workshops designed for both the beginning producer and more advanced producer. Participants will be eligible to count this as credit for FSA’s production and financial management training requirements.

“Our association believes young producers are agriculture’s most important crop. We are really concerned about getting young people the tools they need to be successful in their business,”said Maggie Nutter, President of the Marias River Livestock Association.

She went on to add, “We hope to see everyone there soaking up the great information. Everyone should really take advantage of the social time we have planned at the Coyote Club Saturday night.People need to get to know their neighbors and sometimes we just need to take the time to have fun. ”

 Saturday will conclude at the Coyote Club and Event Center with a social time including a taco bar, trade show and live entertainment. Participants will be able to spend an evening socializing and networking with their counterparts across the state.

 Producers  interested in registering, can go to  www.mariasriverlivestock.com  and print the registration forms or  contact Lacy Roberts at the Glacier County FSA office at (406) 873-5618 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Registrations are due by Jan. 17.