MSGA’s President Tom Hougen – Melstone, MT

MSGA’s media intern Lauren Chase spent two days at the Hougen Ranch in Melstone, MT. This ranch belongs to MSGA’s president, Tom Hougen. During her stay, she learned how to bale hay, trailed a cattle drive, and saw quite the lightning storm. To see more photos, check out our Facebook page by clicking here.

Sitz Angus Ranch Cattle Drive – June 2010

MSGA’s media intern Lauren Chase visited Sitz Angus Ranch in Harrison, Montana. She was able to take photos during Sitz’s cattle drive to the summer grazing pastures south of Ennis. It was also her first time on horseback and she loved it. To see more photos, check out our Facebook page by clicking here. 

Wills Cattle Co. – Potomac, MT

Last week, MSGA’s media intern, Lauren Chase, had the opportunity to travel NW of Helena to the tiny town of Potomac, MT.
I interviewed the Wills Family, of Wills Cattle Co. who own a ranch just outside of town. They shared with me their family’s history in the area and talked about what ranching means to them. Before this trip, I hadn’t been to a ranch in Montana where timber was one of the prominent features. The trees were beautiful and the cattle seemed to enjoy the shade and scattered sun rays, and I felt as if I was in a dream. This trip yet again establishes just how pretty Montana is, how nice the people are, and how important ranching is to the nation.
Check out some photos from my interview on Montana Stockgrowers Association’s Facebook page: click here. 

June 24, 2010 – Errol Rice Comments on Double Property Taxation Initiative at Capitol

On June 24, 2010, Montana Stockgrowers Association’s Executive Vice President Errol Rice spoke at the Montana Capitol about MSGA’s support of CI-105. This amendment would prevent double taxation for property owners. CI-105 received enough signatures and will be on the November ballot.

Importance of Montana’s Cattle to the Nation

MSGA’s media intern Lauren Chase, interviewed her grandfather, David Dohnalek. He was a farmer in Iowa his entire life. Enjoying being retired, David and his wife Barb, drove to Montana to see Lauren. He shared with her the reason why Iowa farmers bought cattle from Montana and why agriculture is important for the nation.

June 18, 2010 – MSGA Friday Video Update with Errol Rice

This week, Executive Vice President of MSGA, Errol Rice, talks about the successful Mid-Year Meeting in Dillon, Montana, MSGA-sponsored Range Days, an open house about bison brucellosis vaccination, and an amendment that could change the Antiquities Act. Watch the video update to find out more.

Mid-Year meeting photos posted

Hi all.
Photos from 2010’s Mid-Year meeting have been posted to Facebook. Even if you do not have a Facebook account, you can still view them by clicking this link: Mid-Year Photos.
Let us know what you thought of the meeting by leaving comments either on this blog or on Facebook. Enjoy!

Photo slideshow from South Phillips County, Montana

Click the play button to see a selection of photos from Lauren Chase’s time with ranchers in South Phillips County, Montana. You can view the same photos and read their captions by clicking this link to Facebook. You can also see this slideshow full screen by clicking any place in the box and selecting “view full screen.”

What Lauren learned while spending time with ranchers in South Phillips Co. Montana

Lauren Chase South Phillips Ranch Montana

Written by media intern Lauren Chase
MALTA—After spending one week in South Phillips County Montana, I’ve come away with a lot of things, but there’s one that is the most important: the importance of agriculture producers to this country.
I grew up in Iowa, a state known for corn and pigs, but could I tell you the basics of farming? No. And when I started talking with ranchers in Montana, I realized just how embarrassing it is that I knew nothing about where my food comes from and especially how much work it is to make that food.
Back in Iowa, we have roughly seven high schools in the metro area and one that is in the outskirts of town. That one is known as “cow pie high” because farmer’s kids go there. I’m sure they know about the work farmers and their families dedicate to the production, but the rest of us, just fifteen minutes away aren’t taught even the basics and therefore, make fun of it. I think that is ridiculous now.
Starting at a young age, every child in this country needs to know why we have farms, why we raise livestock, and why individuals do back-breaking labor from sunrise to sunset. It is to keep their families, communities and the world from going hungry and I think they need more appreciation for what they do.