Monday, April 25, 2011

MSGA Mid-Year Meeting to be held at MSU Animal BioScience Building, June 9-10


The Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA) will hold its Mid-Year Meeting, June 9-10 in Bozeman, Mont. at the Animal BioScience Building on the Montana State University (MSU) campus. Mid-Year is one of the two major meetings MSGA holds each year. MSGA members will gather to discuss the issues facing Montana ranching families and set interim policy to guide the association through the rest of the year. The highlight of this year’s meeting will be the Ranch Tour on Thursday afternoon, June 9.

On Thursday morning, June 9, Bill Donald, Melville, Mont. rancher, past president of MSGA and current president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, will be the keynote speaker for the Opening General Session. MSU President, Waded Cruzado, will also address the group. The Beef Production & Marketing Committee and the Membership Development & Services Committee will meet that morning, and then the group will depart for the Ranch Tour. The Ranch Tour will feature stops at the MSU’s Bozeman Agricultural Research and Teaching Farm, where participants can view MSU’s current research projects; the MZ Bar Cattle Co. in Belgrade; Schutter Farms in Manhattan, where local implement dealers will be on hand to demonstrate the features of various tractors and equipment; and the KG Ranch in Three Forks where the group will enjoy dinner, view cattle from priority page buyers of MSGA’s Montana Seedstock and Commercial Cattle Directory, and be entertained by a stick horse race fundraiser for MSGA’s Research Education and Endowment Foundation (REEF).

Friday, June 10, will feature an informal social media workshop hosted by the Young Stockgrowers. The Land Use & Environment Committee and Tax, Finance & Ag Policy Committee will meet, followed by the Business Session, which will serve as a recap of the committee meetings and a discussion of resolutions to be passed as interim policy. Friday afternoon the MSGA Board of Directors, Montana Grass Conservation Commission, MSGA’s REEF and the joint Board of Directors of the Montana Public Lands Council and the Montana Association of State Grazing Districts will hold meetings. For more information regarding the Mid-Year Meeting, contact the MSGA office at (406) 442-3420or visit www.mtbeef.org.

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