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On behalf of the Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA), we would like to thank you for your commitment to our associations! We hope you will join us at the 136th Annual MSGA Convention & Trade Show.

The purpose of the Annual Convention & Trade Show is to provide education, information, fellowship, and an opportunity for the beef industry & MSGA members to set policy that will shape the landscape of cattle ranching in Montana.

Although we are not able to host an in-person event this year, we are excited to invite attendees to join us for two jam-packed days of information and fun – right from your own home!

IMPORTANT NOTICE: On October 12, Yellowstone County released an Order of the Health Officer that put the county under new restrictions in attempts to curb the rapid increases of COVID-19 cases they have seen over the last few weeks. These new restrictions limit group gatherings to no more than 25 people. After working with the Riverstone Health Department, it has been made clear that the restrictions in Billings are likely to be extended past our Nov 16 – 18 Convention date, making it impossible for MSGA to host our Annual Convention.

The MSGA Board of Directors have voted to move forward with a Virtual Convention for 2020. This event will be hosted on the virtual event platform “Hopin” and will focus on committee meetings, general sessions, and our virtual trade show. We would like to thank you for your continued support of Montana Stockgrowers Association and we thank you for your patience as we navigate these unprecedented times.

All questions can be directed to the MSGA office at 406-442-3420 or [email protected].

Virtual Annual Convention Registration

Registration is now open for MSGA's 2020 Virtual Annual Convention

Meeting Registration – FREE (includes access to policy meetings, sessions, and the virtual Trade Show)

Register here: MSGA Virtual Annual Convention Registration

Tentative Agenda

Tuesday, November 17

Opening General Session 12:00 pm – 1:20 pm
Beef Production & Marketing Committee 1:30 pm – 2:50 pm
Land Use & Environment Committee 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Tax, Finance & Ag Policy Committee 4:10 pm – 5:10 pm

Wednesday, November 18

General Session II 9:00 am – 10:20 am
Second Reading of Resolutions 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Third/Final Reading of Resolutions 12:10 pm – 12:40 pm

Committee Meetings – Bringing policy forward & voting

To bring forward policy during a committee meeting, you must submit the proposed policy through the chat feature. Once the proposed policy is submitted in the chat you will click on the “share audio and video button” to ask the moderator to grant you access to present the proposed policy live to viewers. Then, you will be able to answer questions from the viewers and explain in detail the proposed policy.

Voting on policy will be done strictly through the chat feature in our virtual platform. Any eligible MSGA member who wishes to vote must be registered for the Virtual Annual Convention and type their full name and vote in the chat feature. MSGA staff will then verify that the votes are counted and are from eligible MSGA voting members.

Individual Voting Examples: 
CORRECT: “Jane Doe – Yes”
INCORRECT: “John votes yes”

If you are gathering with multiple MSGA members in one location to attend Virtual Annual Convention, such as an affiliate group, you must still vote in the chat by listing out each person’s first and last name in addition to how they would like to vote.

Group Voting Examples: 
CORRECT: “Jane Doe – Yes, John Smith – Yes, Bob White – No”
INCORRECT: “Stockgrowers Affiliate Group votes yes”
INCORRECT: “Bob, Jane, and John vote yes”

To ensure voting is done according to the MSGA By-Laws, only correct voting submissions will be counted.

To vote, you must register for Virtual Convention and be an eligible MSGA Voting Member. You can find more about voting members here. To view expiring policy and policy being brought to Virtual Annual Convention, click here.

2021 Board of Directors Election

Online voting is available during Virtual Convention for attendees wishing to vote statewide in the 2021 Board of Directors elections. If you are a voting member, you should have received an email/letter with your VOTER ID and VOTER KEY. To check your voter status, please call the MSGA office at 406-442-3420. You may only vote once.

Voting during Virtual Annual Convention

You can vote for statewide candidates on during our Virtual Annual Convention.

Voting times: November 17, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • To vote during Virtual Annual Convention, call the voting hotline at 406-442-3420.

Winners will be announced at General Session II on November 18 at 9:00 am. You can find candidate videos, headshots, and bios here


Don’t forget to bid on our auction items that benefit Montana Stockgrowers Association and Montana Stockgrowers Foundation. Items for auction include:

The auctions will close December 11, 2020, so don’t forget to bid today!

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Giveaways & Raffles

While you’re here you might as well take home a few prizes! During Virtual Convention, we’ll be raffling and drawing for some great prizes!

Registered attendees who are eligible MSGA members will be entered to win. Drawings & Raffles will be held during General Session II on November 18 at 9:00 a.m.

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Check out our virtual trade show vendors! They will be available during our Virtual Annual Convention to chat with attendees while you wonder the expo floor – just like you would in person!

Montana Massey Ferguson Dealers

Massey Ferguson is the Official Tractor of Montana Stockgrowers Association! Win the use of a MF7715 Tractor with a FL4327 Loader for 200 hours or 6 month. The raffle will be held on Wednesday, Nov 17 during General Session II at 9:00 a.m. Call the MSGA office at 406-442-3420 to purchase your ticket today!

Frontline Ag Solutions

Frontline Ag Solutions of Belgrade MT, Chester MT, Choteau MT, Conrad MT, Cut Bank MT, Dillon MT, Great Falls MT, Havre MT, Lewistown MT, and Livingston MT is your source for Quality New and Used John Deere Equipment in Montana. We are Montana’s premier Agronomic Integrated Solutions Dealer offering full support for all your agronomic needs. Our knowledgeable staff is here for you to provide fast, friendly and reliable parts and service, before and after the sale. Our promise is to make sure that your equipment will meet and exceed your expectations, so that your operation’s profitability will too!

Montana Ford Stores

Built Ford Tough. It’s synonymous with the rugged capability, outstanding performance and dependability of Ford trucks. Whether it’s hauling a big load or getting you to a job site, count on the lineup of versatile, hardworking Ford trucks to work overtime and get the job done.


Nutra-Lix is an innovator in the development of performance-proven feed supplement products. By incorporating the latest university and private research technologies, as well as on-ranch testing, Nutra-Lix has developed the finest feed supplement and products for your beef cattle and equine needs.

Agri-Best Feeds

Agri-Best Feeds seeks to enhance lives through relationships while providing uniquely better agricultural products and superior customer service. SweetPro DDGS tubs: complete supplement that includes MOS & Flax standard with no molasses or urea. Redmond Salt: 60+ naturally occurring trace minerals. Natural extracts (Garlic & Stress Blend) available in both SweetPro and Redmond. Arrowquip: livestock handling equipment.

Advance Agri-Direct

Cancrete Livestock Waterers are made from steel reinforced, 8000 PSI, air entrained, sulphate resistant concrete.  Bowls are epoxy coated providing chemical protection from sodium, manure, acid, and silage.  Heavy gauge Stainless Steel is used on the valve cover, service door, ball float and hardware.  Cancrete has a model for any size pen of cattle, horses, or bison.

Northwest Farm Credit Service

Northwest Farm Credit Services supports agriculture and rural communities with reliable, consistent credit and financial services. We work to improve the lives of customers and employees, the communities where we work and raise our families, and the Northwest agricultural industries that perform a vital role in the U.S. and abroad.

Bayer Environmental Science

Rejuvra works to selectively control production-robbing annual grasses, helping to maximize the forage productivity and profitability of grazed rangeland. Because more than 80 percent of beef cattle’s diet consists of grazing or cellulosic forage, optimal grazing efficiency and economic profitability are achieved by targeting invasive annual grasses.

Boehringer Ingelheim

Boehringer lngelheim believes that the best way to run a cattle operation is by putting the health and well-being of animals at the top of the priority list. Whether it’s prevention, treatment or industry advancement, we’re committed to offering solutions that allow your herd to perform at its peak. Contact your Montana reps: Patrick Schumacher (1 406-672-3818) or Jacob Feusner (509-969-8203)

Montana Livestock Ag Credit, Inc

For over eighty years we have offered on-the-ranch service, knowledgeable credit officers, and the highest level of confidentiality. Customer service comes first at Montana Livestock where we are committed to our clients’ business and personal affairs.


As needs arise in an ever-changing business environment, you need the resources of a firm with a broad array of resources. At Wipfli, a top 20 national firm, we’re proud to give our clients the value and experience of a diverse firm that specializes in a wide range of services and industries. With assurance, accounting, tax and consulting services customized to your needs, Wipfli helps you overcome challenges, achieve your goals and plan for future success.

Bank of the Rockies

Bank of the Rockies has been assisting ranchers and farmers since 1883. We firmly believe that agriculture is the lifeblood of the country.  We have the experience, know how, products and excellent lending staff to assist with accomplishing your operation’s goals.

Hall & Hall

Hall and Hall is a 75-year-old employee-owned real estate company that specializes in providing a full suite of services to owners and prospective owners of “investment quality rural real estate” – a term we have coined to describe – among other things – Montana’s great ranches.

Stockman Bank

We are a family owned, community bank with locations throughout Montana and are committed to enriching the lives of Montanans and helping our communities succeed. Like Montana, Stockman is distinct with a rich history blending traditional, western values with modern conveniences and state of the art technology.

American Angus Association

The American Angus Association is the nation’s largest beef breed organization, serving more than 25,000 members across the United States, Canada and several other countries. It’s home to an extensive breed registry that grows by nearly 300,000 animals each year.


GENEX believes that breeding the next generation of profitable cattle requires the use of all tools available to the modern cattleman – from data-based tools like genetic evaluations and genomic predictions to those phenotypic characteristics that require evaluation by the stockman’s skilled eye. It’s all about combining Cow Sense & Science to determine a bull’s real-world worthiness.

Montana Hereford Association

The Montana Hereford Association is a state-wide, membership based, non-profit organization that works to promote and partner with premiere Hereford breeders raising their cattle in the stunning state of Montana. Interested in promoting and supporting the Hereford cattle industry? Join the MHA and become a member today.

Purina Animal Nutrition

At Purina, we measure greatness by the animals we feed. It’s what drives our research to maximize the potential of every animal year in and year out. Because if there’s greatness on the inside, it shows on the outside. Sign up for a Proof Pays below for a chance to win 10 bags of Wind & Rain Mineral.

Simplot Western Stockmen’s

Simplot Western Stockmen’s is located throughout the Pacific Northwest with distribution centers and outside sales reps.  We mill our own line of livestock feed (Pride) and nutritional supplements. Our Caldwell, ID mill is AFIA and Safe Feed/Safe Food certified.   We also sell animal health supplies, livestock equipment, fencing supplies and pet food.

Multimin USA

A strategic injection of Multimin®90 rapidly supplements cattle with copper, selenium, zinc and manganese at times of peak demand (breeding, calving) and reduced feed/trace mineral intake (stress, weaning) or when antagonists such as sulfur, molybdenum, iron and calcium are present in the feed or water.

Don Close

Animal Protein Analyst, Rabo AgriFinance

Opening General Session, Nov 17

Don Close is an animal protein analyst at Rabo AgriFinance in the RaboResearch Food & Agribusiness group.

Close is responsible for analyzing all animal protein sectors and specializes in beef. Prior to joining Rabo AgriFinance, Close served as market director for the Texas Cattle Feeders Association in Amarillo, Texas, representing cattle feeders in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. He previously held roles with AzTX Cattle Co. in Hereford, Texas; Future Beef Operations in Parker, Colorado; and PHI Marketing Services at Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc. in Des Moines, Iowa.

Close has conducted research on a wide range of topics including confinement cow/calf operations, LFTB, ground beef and development in international trade. He is also a regular speaker for state, national and international livestock groups across North America, Australia and New Zealand. Currently, Close authors bi-monthly columns for the National Cattlemen’s publication and is working on market issues at the intersection of marketing and ag policy.

Close is a graduate of West Texas A & M. He has a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics.

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Thank you to our 2020 Virtual Annual Convention Sponsors & Supporters!

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