Montana Stockgrowers Foundation to host fire and drought seminar

Producers to discuss challenges and options following fire and drought

Montana Stockgrowers Foundation has joined with the Southeast Montana Livestock Association and the MSU Extension Service to provide a premier program to help livestock producers navigate management challenges following a devastating fire and drought season. Experts from around the country will address issues including how to manage the tax ramifications of drought influenced decisions, insurance, and risk management tools to assist in managing future risk. The program will begin at 1:00 pm, November 15 at the Range Riders Museum in Miles City, Montana. This event is free to the public.

For additional information, please contact the MSGA office at 406.442.3420.



Amy Iverson is a CPA in the Billings office of Wipfli CPA’s and Consultants. She specializes in working with those involved in agriculture and will present information on what options you have to manage tax issues related to decisions that are commonly made during the financial stress caused by drought conditions.

Brandon Willis is the owner of Rancher’s Insurance, LLC located in Utah. His expertise is helping ranchers manage their production risk through the use of forage, pasture, and rangeland insurance products. Brandon will provide information on how to decide if the available products might fit you particular situation and the mechanics of utilizing the various products.

Dr. Janna Kincheloe is the NDSU Extension Beef Cattle Specialist located at the Hettinger Research and Extension Center. She will provide information on production strategies to manage through a drought. These include developing a drought management plan, efficient utilization of forages and alternative feeding options.

Dr. Andy Roberts, USDA-ARS Fort Keogh, Animal Research Scientist, research will be presented by Andy that shows how you can reduce the input cost of your cow herd while maintaining productivity through changes in your heifer development program.

Lance Vermeire, USDA-ARS Fort Keogh, Rangeland Ecologist. Lance has done extensive study on the effects of grazing on rangeland production following fire and drought. He will present strategies that allow for recovery of the range condition in the presence of grazing animals.


Mid Year Meeting Next Week | Event Highlights

Montana Stockgrowers 2014 Mid-Year Meeting Miles CityWith only one week to go until the 130th Mid-Year Meeting Celebration the MSGA Board of Directors and staff are busy finalizing details to make this Mid-Year Meeting the best Mid-Year yet! With an incredible list of events this will be the one Mid-Year Meeting you don’t want to miss. Make sure you register TODAY (Monday, June 2) to receive the early registration discount.

Here is a review of the incredible events we have planned for you June 13 & 14 in Miles City, Montana. Go to to purchase your registration.

The Bellamy Brothers Concert

Join us on Friday night June 13th for an amazing concert featuring The Bellamy Brothers! The Bellamy Brothers have received nearly every music award there is to have, and they even hold the record in both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association for the most duo nominations. They’ve written countless worldwide hits, crossed the globe like their music has crossed genres, brought reggae to the Grand Ole Opry, and recorded 45 albums. Wait, that’s not all!

We are also bringing in Copper Mountain Band as the opening act! Copper Mountain Band is a fresh, high-energy country music group from the great state of Montana. With a fiery passion for their craft and an appeal to all audiences, they incorporate music from many genres and styles into their performances. Copper Mountain Band appeals to all audiences as they incorporate music from many genres and styles into their performances. They have found a way to give cover tunes a whole new dimension and they have outstanding original material as well. CMB has recorded two albums featuring several songs written by band members Jacque Jolene, Israel David, and Nate Norman. They have also received praise for their rendition of Cher’s “Just Like Jesse James”.

Opening General Session

Join other progressive ranchers at the Opening General Session at 10:30 a.m. on June 13th! This portion of Mid-Year will gather ranchers together to discuss current issues affecting Montana’s livestock industry. Our keynote speakers will be Gov. Steve Bullock followed by NCBA President Bob McCan.

Old Times All-Horse/Livestock Parade

Saturday, June 14th will bring more fun and excitement at the Old Times All-Horse/Livestock Parade.

Tailgate Luncheon

Hosted by the Young Stockgrowers, this luncheon will feature a networking opportunity and delicious BBQ lunch/beverage gardens out at the Fairgrounds before we cheer on the teams at the Miles City Ranch Rodeo!

Miles City Ranch Rodeo

Cheer on your favorite team at the Miles City Ranch Rodeo. Watch teams of cowboys from Montana ranches compete with one another in one of a kind ranch rodeo events!

Mosquito Festival Street Dance

Dance the night away and enjoy great company at the Miles City Mosquito Festival Street Dance. The Street Dance will feature Copper Mountain Band and will be held on Friday, June 13.

Young Stockgrowers Workshop

Thursday, June 12 at 1:00 p.m. will feature an educational workshop for our Young Stockgrowers. This workshop will feature four different speakers. See our previous post for more on this workshop and speaker topics.

Please visit to register for the 130th Mid-Year Meeting. You can also find a printable registration form for those that would like to register by mail, email, or fax. Register TODAY, June 2 to receive preregistration discounts. For questions please call the MSGA office at 406-442-3420 or email

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