Montana Stockgrowers Foundation

Investing in Montana’s ranching community through leadership, education, and conservation.

These words deeply resonate with our membership. While we operate our cattle production businesses, we are also teaching our children many values like work ethic, stockmanship, providing for one’s family, helping a neighbor in need, and respect for elders, the land and animals. These are essential to our way of life. The Foundation is here to help support the next generation by offering educational programs, academic scholarships and providing leadership opportunities.

With these, we can make a better Montana for years to come!

The Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization established to ensure the future of Montana’s cattle industry through producer and public education, and promotion of MSGA programs. Seven volunteer trustees, and one representative from the MSGA Board of Directors, are appointed by the MSGA Board of Directors to oversee the foundation.

The Foundation’s yearly budget is based on interest and earnings from the Foundation’s investments, as well as yearly revenue from fundraisers, tax-deductible contributions, bequests, memorials, and grants.

Programs supported by the Foundation include: the Montana Environmental Stewardship Program Award, Montana Range Days, MSGA Educational Heritage Scholarship, MSGA Mid-Year Education and Ranch Tour, the “Telling the Story of Montana Family Ranching” and book series, the Young Ag Leadership Conference, the Young Ag Couples Conference and the Young Stockgrowers’ Legislative Conference.

Other support includes internship opportunities in Washington D.C. and travel expense reimbursement for college students to visit other sectors of the beef industry.

The Foundation accepts all types of donations whether it is monetary or items for silent auction fundraisers at MSGA’s conventions. All of the proceeds go to benefit the endowment and scholarship funds. With these, the Foundation is able to help support the youth of Montana ranching as well as keeping the great stewardship tradition alive.


Foundation Chairman:
Della Ehlke, Townsend

Vice Chairman:
Gary Adams, Billings

MSGA Board Representatives:

John Grande, Martinsdale

Foundation Trustees:

Cheryl Curry, Valier

Ty McDonald, Bozeman

Dusty Hahn, Townsend

Buzz Tatom, Big Sky

John Patterson, Columbus


Join Us for the TBONE Golf Scramble!

August 21 & 22, 2019
Billings, MT

The Montana Stockgrowers Foundation invites you to participate in our NINTH ANNUAL GOLF OUTING. T-BONE CLASSIC provides an OPPORTUNITY to foster NEW PARTNERSHIPS between Montana’s ranching community and other businesses/industries ESSENTIAL TO MONTANA’S ECONOMY.

Congratulations Heritage Scholarship Winners!

Greta Gustafson
Carissa Workman

Congratulations YCC Recipients!

Chisolm Christenson
Jake Feddes

Thank you for taking the time to make the trip!

Montana Cattlewomen Ranch Run

August 24, 2019

Master Hunter Advancement Program



Montana Stockgrowers Foundation License PlateShow your support for Montana ranching families by purchasing this specialty license plate for your vehicles. This custom design represents the values of Heritage, Integrity and Tradition in the Montana ranching communities. $20 donations from each plate purchase will help ensure the future of Montana’s livestock community and businesses through producer and public education by supporting the Montana Stockgrowers Foundation. This plate CAN be personalized!

Click here to learn more about getting your plates.


Montana Young StockgrowersMontana Stockgrowers Foundation supports a number of young rancher programs that emphasize education and leadership in the Montana ranching communities. This includes sponsoring attendees to the annual Young Cattlemen’s Conference, Young Ag Leadership ConferenceYoung Ag Couples Conference, and the Stockgrowers Leadership Series.


MSGA Leadership SeriesThe MSGA Leadership Series is a twelve month program, offered to young ranchers, who take part in multiple trainings, educating them on all aspects of today’s ranching sector.

2020 Young Cattlemen’s Conference Application

  • Application Due: March 1, 2020
  • For more information, contact


T-Bone ClassicThe T-Bone Classic Gala Dinner & Golf Tournament provides an opportunity to foster new partnerships between Montana’s ranching community and other businesses/industries essential to Montana’s economy.


Interested in being involved in the TBONE Classic Golf Scramble? Find more information below.


Education Heritage ScholarshipThe MSF awards college students, who are seeking a career beneficial to ranching, with scholarships. This scholarship is available to a student currently enrolled in a college or university, having completed at least one semester of coursework.

2020 Educational Heritage Scholarship Application

  • Application Due: May 15, 2020
  • For more information, contact


Environmental Stewardship AwardMontana ranchers depend on the land and its resources for their livelihood. Therefore, good management demands that they care for the environment for their own well-being as well as for future generations. Ranchers, as individuals and as an industry, are actively working to protect and improve the environment because they know environmental stewardship and good business go hand-in-hand. Environmental Stewardship Award winners are prime examples of how environmental management benefits both the rancher’s bottom line and the resources in their care. ESAP acknowledges producers who go the extra mile when it comes to preserving and enhancing the resources on their land. While the program highlights industry stewardship, it also provides cattlemen with examples and ideas which may be useful on their own farms and ranching operations.

To apply, please fill out the Montana Environmental Stewardship Award Application and send the completed application to


ProgramsThe Montana Stockgrowers Foundation works to provide grant funding to many programs throughout Montana to support the Foundation’s mission. This includes events such as Montana Range Days, youth educational programs, rancher educational workshops, consumer outreach projects and many more programs.

Contact the MSGA office for more details.


Load-UpLoad Up, a Cattle Drive. This feeder calf donation program helps to support the work of the Foundation. By simply donating one calf, you help preserve the ranching legacy in Montana.