2015 Legislative Score Card now online

After every legislative session MSGA puts together a score card so members can see how their legislators voted and whether they are supporting issues that are important to the membership. This information is really important to take into consideration when voting for next year’s legislators.

The 2015 Legislative score card is now available in our members only section. You will need to be logged into your account to view the score card.

Follow the directions below to access the score card.

  1. Click this link. (You must be logged into your account. You can recover your password on the log in page – if you have forgotten it.)

If you are having problems accessing the information, please call the office or email kori@mtbeef.org.

 

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Meet the Leadership Series | Brenda “Bre” Ochs

Bre Ochs

Casey

Home town

Great Falls

About

I was born and raised in Great Falls. My grandparents are the original owners of this beautiful ranch in which I live on and operate with my family.

After graduating high school, I graduated secondary college for Business; continued on with my education by graduating and receiving my Cosmetology license.  I was an active Independent Cosmetologist for 12+ years. In 2002 I became a co-owner of Oak Tree Constructions, Inc. and shortly after that, I began my own Bookkeeping services, Future Contractors, Inc., in which I operate both currently.

2 years ago I decided to really go after my real dream of taking over the ranch from my parents. Now starting year 3, I am living that dream! I live a crazy professional/business life most days, but I have been truly blessed with 2 beautiful girls’ ages 18 & 12, and a very supportive family.

 Occupation

Independent Administrator /Bookkeeper (Owner of Future Contractors Inc.) Owner of Indian Hammer Ranch, LLC – Home of the “Montana Wine Beef”, Mother and a Caregiver for my parent(s).

What sparked your interest in agriculture?

Growing up on this ranch with cows, pigs, horses, and chickens, always seemed so much fun! My parents, well especially my mom in this case, would always freak out when I came up missing. Needless to say, they didn’t have to look far because they would usually find me with the animals. During summer months I was on the tractor with my father or stacking hay bales.  With all that 1st hand experience and education, who wouldn’t be interested in agriculture………

What makes a great leader?

I feel a great leader is an individual who not only walks with the people, is confident to lead when needed. A leader also takes accountability, good communication skills, empathy, and be able to inspire with optimism.

If you could learn to do anything what would it be?

I would love to learn how to fly a helicopter! The thrill of soaring in the sky like a free bird who is fearless.

Where do you hope to be in 5 years?

In 5 years my goal is to have “Montana Wine Beef” sold nationally while keeping the overall best quality of products and customer service.  Even more a successful replacement heifer program with the highest success Artificial Insemination pregnancy rate.  While adding to my diversity of my ranch by beginning a Rent-A –Bull program.

What do you hope to gain from the leadership series?

I hope to gain better communication with people and inspire others with optimism.  Improve delegating jobs to my support team instead of feeling I need to do it all.

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Now Taking Applications for Educational Heritage Scholarship

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Montana Stockgrowers Association’s Research & Education Endowment Foundation (REEF) is offering an Educational Heritage Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. This annual scholarship is awarded to a MSGA student member.

Last year we had two scholarship recipients, Allie Nelson was awarded a $1000 scholarship and Kamron Ratzburg was awarded a $500 scholarship. Allie is majoring in Agriculture Relations with Agriculture Business as a minor and Kamron is majoring in Animal Science. Both recipients attend Montana State University.

To be eligible for the Educational Heritage Scholarship, students must currently be enrolled in college and have completed at least one semester of coursework, be a member of Montana Stockgrowers Association, and demonstrate a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.

Applicants must complete the application form (mtbeef.org/educational-heritage-scholarship), include a copy of their current transcript, write a 500-word essay discussing their educational pursuits and what they hope to do with their education, and include two letters of recommendation.

Applications must be completed and postmarked or mailed no later than April 1, 2016.

For more information on these scholarships and to apply online, visit the MSGA website at mtbeef.org. For questions, please email Jesse Gill at jesse@mtbeef.org. If you are interested in these scholarships but are not currently a member of MSGA, join today. Student memberships start at just $20.

 

2016 Cattle Industry Convention Update with Young Stockgrowers Chair, Lacey Ehlke

Young Stockgrowers Chair, Lacey Ehlke, gives us an update on San Diego and the 2016 Cattle Industry Convention & NCBA Trade Show