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Montana Next Generation Conference is scheduled for January 26-27

Registration is now open for Montana’s Next Generation Conference, which will take place Jan. 26-27 in Shelby. The conference will feature sessions on business planning for the farm or ranch and production workshops.

The conference begins at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 26, at the Shelby Civic Center, located at 669 Park Ave. The day’s events will begin with family farm coach Elaine Froese, a family farmer from Manitoba, Canada. Froese will discuss “Your Farm, Your Family, Your Choice,” a talk designed for farmers and ranchers of all generations. Froese will speak about how to keep communication lines open in day-to-day family-business operations, manage a successful multigenerational operation and share what has worked on individual family farms.Froese will offer a free copy of her latest book, “Building Your Farm Legacy,” for all early bird registrations. The book covers relationships, communication, teams and operations, planning, succession and healthy habits.

Friday evening will include a trade show, keynote speaker, a roast beef dinner and time for networking with neighbors, sponsors and industry professionals. Amanda Radke, the evening’s speaker, is a fifth-generation family rancher, blogger and contributor to Beef magazine. As the incoming generation to her family ranch, Radke is asking a lot of the same questions producers in the middle of succession planning are asking.

Saturday’s events will take place at the Shelby High School, located at 1001 Valley St. Workshops will feature industry speakers and professionals offering 36 workshop options covering crops and livestock production, financial management, record keeping, leasing, succession planning and more. The workshops will provide pertinent information for both the beginning and experienced producer. There will be several new speakers this year, including Scott Shearer, an international trade expert; Breeann Johnson, water rights, Indian law and agriculture attorney; Rachel Endecott, MSU Extension beef cattle specialist; Gary Sides, beef and feedlot nutritionist with Zoetis; and Dr. Jeanne Rankin, MSU Extension associate

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specialist. Speakers will offer information on multiple topics, including soil amendments and micronutrients, dealing with drought, planning for profit, artificial insemination protocols, tightening the calving window and expected progeny differences, or EPDs, among others.

Registration may be completed online at or by downloading forms at Paper forms are also available by calling 406-873-2239. Updates will be available via the Montana’s Next Generation Conference Facebook page.

Upcoming Events:

January 8, 2018, Cropping Seminar in Fort Benton, 9:00 a.m. at Ag Center.

January 24, 2018, Prairie Dog and Grazing Management Workshop in Fort Benton (9:00 Community Bible) and Big Sandy (1:00 Big Sandy Conservation District Office).

Montana State University, U.S. Department of Agriculture and Montana Counties Cooperating. MSU Extension is an equal opportunity/affirmative action provider of educational outreach.