2022 Board of Directors Election

Voting by District has closed as of Nov 12 at 5:00 pm

Voting for Statewide Candidates

Voting for statewide candidates can only be done if a voting member submits their ballot during Annual Convention.

Voting times:

Monday, Nov 15: 12:00 – 4:00 pm

Tuesday, Nov 16: 7:30 am – 5:00 pm

Wednesday, Nov 17: 7:30 am – 3:00 pm

Voting Location:

3rd floor of the DoubleTree Hotel at registration

If you have already voted in your district election for 2021, you will not be able to vote in the statewide election at Annual Convention.

Winners will be announced at the Grand Finale Banquet on November 17. 


Nominating Committee's Recommendations:

President – Jim Steinbeisser, Sidney
1st Vice President – John Grande, Martinsdale
2nd Vice President – Lesley Robinson, Dodson
Southeastern District – Turk Stovall, Billings
North Central District – Dana Darlington, Big Sandy
South Central District – Todd Olsen, Lewistown

All candidates running for re-election are running unopposed.


Nominating Committee's Recommendations:



I am the fifth generation to run livestock in southwest Montana and southeast Idaho. Historically we ran sheep. I would like to again in addition to cows. The last 45 years have been a cow/calf operation. My wife Stephanie and I have expanded to stockers and yearlings. My father Jim is my mentor and he helps a lot. Stephanie and our boys Hank and Max comprise the bulk of our crew.

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Spouse: Stephanie
Children: Hank, 13; Max, 11

Beef Industry Leadership:
Past president of Southwestern Montana Stockmen’s Association for multiple terms; currently director and have been for several terms.

Other Leadership:
School board trustee at Reichle (K-8 in Glen) for 13 years; currently board chairman.

Challenges facing the beef industry:
Environmental regulation, estate and capital gains tax changes, and inflation are bound to stress agriculture dearly in the next decade. MSGA and other groups can assist in moderating the severity of these. Regardless of the success of this plight, our biggest challenge as an individual producer is to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps, stop making excuses for our shortcomings, and find or make a way to succeed.



My ranch involvement is probably a bit different than some. I have registered Angus cattle that are run on shares and sold through annual production sales. The cattle keep me involved in the genetic side of the business, which also ties into an order buying business where I select breeding and seedstock for ranchers all over the US.

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I also work for an animal nutrition company helping ranchers with their nutrition issues or concerns in southern Idaho and all along western Montana to the Canadian border. I also started a private recreation and agricultural education business (WesternLandBridge) for farmers and ranchers throughout the state. WesternLandBridge was started to bring an added income to the family operations, while bridging the gap between our rural and urban communities.

I grew up on a family-owned ranch in central Montana but also lived in Colorado, Arizona and Idaho. I have always been in the ranching business, from the time I could sit on a horse or stand on the seat to see over the steering wheel until today. It is in my DNA to preserve the history and integrity of ranching while building a viable and prestigious future for our ranching families.

Beef Industry Leadership:
Past participant, Young Cattlemen’s Conference; member, local livestock 4-H Board.

Other Leadership:
Leadership Montana alumni.

Challenges facing the beef industry:
After 2020 and 2021, what major challenges aren’t front and center in the beef industry? I believe we will continue to face the same old challenges: water rights, property rights, wildlife issues, taxes, trade, animal welfare and the structure of our industry as a whole.

I hope we can maintain some balance and these issues aren’t at an elevated level. We are going to face escalated pressure from global warming, which will become a catastrophic weapon pointed at crippling our industry. I think that we are just seeing the beginning of that movement and some of the plans it has for agriculture. The growing gap between urban and rural communities and civil communication between the two. Honest and factual education on the concerns of ranching and the beef industry with our populations that are removed from agriculture.

One challenge I see becoming larger in our state is the struggle maintain viable production on the land and inevitable sale of land that is developed and removed from agriculture. We need to be able to keep our agricultural, generational families producing on the land.




After graduating from Montana State, I moved to Helena and started my own farm operation. I currently farm eight pivots in the Helena Valley, and raise hay, barley and cattle.

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Wife: Julie
Children: Tyler, 25.

Beef Industry Leadership:

  • Chair, Montana Agricultural Political Action Committee (MAPA), 2019;
  • Board member Montana Stockgrowers Foundation, 2015-2019.

Other Leadership:

  • Chair of Lewis & Clark County Fair Board, 2010-2019;
  • Chair of Lewis & Clark County GOP, 2012-2019;
  • numerous boards over the years in our community.

Challenges facing the beef industry:
In Montana there is no doubt the impacts from the drought will affect the cattle industry for years. As 40% of the cattle leave, rebuilding the herd will take some time. Nationally, the roll out of COOL legislation and the pressures from regulations being passed affecting our industry.



The IX Ranch is a multi-generational cow/calf operation running 3500 mother cows on a little over 130,000 acres southeast of Big Sandy, Montana. The ranch consists of 6 divisions, 4 of which produce the hay necessary to winter all the cattle. We pasture breed starting with heifers on May 19th (45 days) and cows on June 19th (58 days).

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Wife: Jeri Roth
Children: Jessica, 21; Brock, 20; Ryan, 19; Parker, 18.

Composite bulls from Leachmans of Colorado are the primary genetic source. Each year the ranch sells 1000-1200 head of steer calves off the cow the third week of October with another 500-600 head of steers being weaned in September and fed at Centana feedlot south of Billings until February. All ranch heifer calves are weaned between September 10th and October 10th and developed at the Centana feedlot, and 650 replacement heifers are selected and returned to the ranch in April.

The ranch consists of approximately 4,000 acres of farmland, which is managed on shares with local farmers. The ranch produces its own winter feed on 4,300 acres of flood and pivot irrigation.

The IX Ranch has been owned and operated by two families since 1955. Roths have been managing the IX Ranch for three generations. I have been back on the ranch since January 2002. During that time, I have transitioned through all the processes and seasons of our business. We have a family board of directors and employ 5 full time managers along with a spring and summer internship crew.

I currently serve as vice president of the corporation and am responsible for all financial and upper management decisions as well as all social and governmental affairs. My wife Jeri assists me in these duties by overseeing all office management and bookkeeping functions.

Beef Industry Leadership:

I graduated from the University of Montana with a business degree and served as the Marketing Director for the Montana Department of Agriculture from 1996-1998. While working for the department I received the Governor’s award for excellence.

I served as the Marketing Director for the Arizona Department of Agriculture, 1998- 2000, and did marketing and sales for Hickman’s Egg Ranch in Glendale, Ariz., 2000-2001. I held this position until December 2001 when I had the opportunity to move back to the ranch.

During the course of my career, I have had the opportunity to work in varying capacities with many different private businesses and state and federal agencies, as well as travel around the country and world marketing US food products from mint and Christmas trees to beef, vegetables and citrus. While in Arizona, I attended and completed Project CENTRL (Center for Rural Leadership).

I attended NCBA’s Young Cattlemen’s Conference in 2009, and am the current chair of MSGA’s Water Committee.

Other Leadership:

  • Former president, Big Sandy Rotary Club (2 years)
  • Current board member, Big Sandy Conservation District
  • Member, Board of Ag Operations Technology, Northern Montana College.

Challenges facing the beef industry:

I feel that the cost of doing business in an industry that has no control over its input costs has and will continue to plague our industry. The price of supplies, equipment and services coupled with increased demand for higher wages will force ag producers to really think outside the box to find new revenue streams and ways of doing business.

I feel that beef is a commodity, no matter what level; organic, natural or conventional. Therefore, as an industry, we need to work together to find new ways to move beef products all over the world, while at the same time keeping with strong US standards of safety and quality. Under the current administration and direction the world is going as it relates to Climate Change, pandemics and the like, our industry has an opportunity to benefit from large amounts of Carbon held in the land and the safe, quality food source it provides.

Society’s growing need for food, open space and feeling healthy and safe opens doors for this industry. The challenge will be having the business sense and resources to grow internally and externally. WATER and water resource management will affect those of us in the northern states. Retaining water rights and water will be something all landowners should be focused on.

Lastly, I feel that government and societal pressures will drive our industry in the next 10 years. We as an industry must remain vigilant in our efforts to be present and active in all levels of the food chain.



I am a fourth-generation commercial cow/calf producer, and we run 500 cows in a custom backgrounding lot. We farm irrigated corn and hay, and dryland wheat and barley.

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Wife: Tammy
Adult Children: Lacey, Katelyn and Alexis.

Beef Industry Leadership:
President, MonDak Area Stockgrowers (4 years), director 6 years.

Other Leadership:
Board member, Sidney Area Chamberof Commerce.

Challenges facing the beef industry:
Consumer confidence in our industry, and regulations on us as an industry