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The MidYear Meeting is one of two meetings that is held to set association policy that guides the Association through the year.

While the main focus of the meeting is for the setting of interim policy we also use the meeting as a networking opportunity for the MSGA membership. Ranchers and allied industry professionals gather together from across the state of Montana of two days filled with meetings, entertainment, education, and fun!


Registration Types

Meeting Registration $75/attendee

  • (Includes – Opening General Session, Closing General Session, Coffee Talks Presentation, Committee Meetings, Lunch)

Dinner Event $50/attendee

  • (Includes – Dinner, Drinks and concert by the Bent Willows)

Virtual Registration $30/registration

  • Can’t make it to Lewistown? Attend MidYear virtually!
  • (Includes Zoom webinar registration to Opening General Session, Land Use & Environment, Coffee Talks Presentation, Beef Production & Marketing, and Closing General Session)

Event Agenda

Wednesday June 9, 2021

Montana Grass Commission Conservation Committee
8:00 – 10:00 am | Room: Gypsum

Montana Public Lands Council & Montana Association of State Grazing Districts Joint Board Meeting
9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. | Room: Depot A

State Grazing District Annual Meeting
2:00 – 5:00 p.m. | Room: Depot A

Thursday June 10, 2021

MSGA Board of Directors Meeting
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Room: Judith/Moccasin

Foundation Trustee Meeting
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Room: Gypsum

12:30 – 4:30 p.m. | Room: Lobby

General Session
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. | Room: Depot

Land Use & Environment Committee
2:45 – 5:00 p.m. | Room: Depot

Sunset After Party Banquet & Street Dance
6:00 – 8:30 p.m. | Location: Fraternal Order of Eagles

Friday June 11, 2021

Coffee Talk Presentation
8:00 – 8:45 am | Room: Depot

8:30 – 11:00 a.m. | Room: Lobby

Beef Production & Marketing Committee
9:00-11:30 a.m. | Room: Depot

Tax Finance & Ag Policy
9:00-11:30 a.m. | Room: Judith/Moccasin

Closing Session
11:30 pm – 1:00 pm | Room: Depot

Speakers & Presentations

Governor Greg Gianforte

Opening General Session

Gianforte campaigned on getting Montana’s economy going again, getting Montana safely open for business, and getting Montanans back to work in good-paying jobs. He also focused on changing the way Helena and state government do business to better serve Montanans.

After 34 years in the private sector, Gianforte has been Montana’s voice in the U.S. House of Representatives since June 2017. In Congress, Gianforte voted to cut taxes for every American taxpayer, roll back unnecessary, anti-jobs regulations, lower health care costs, and protect our Montana way of life, including our public lands.

Gianforte spent his entire career focusing on creating jobs and opportunities. He founded five different startup companies. He’s worked to improve Montana’s economy through the “Better Montana Jobs” project. He also launched scholarship programs to help low-income students and veterans pursue the education and training they need to start a career in Montana.

Karen Budd Falen

Closing General Session

As Deputy Solicitor during the Trump Administration, Karen was the lead attorney in revising the regulations implementing Endangered Species Act (ESA), including the regulations recognizing the rights of local governments to protect the economic stability and customs and cultures of their constituents. She was also heavily involved in drafting regulations giving landowners the rights of appeal of wetland maps on the National Wildlife Refuge System lands. Karen also served as Interior’s representative on the task force that revised the regulations implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

As an owner of Budd-Falen Law Offices, Karen has assisted local governments in asserting their rights of consistency review, cooperation and coordination in federal agency decisions; private property owners in protecting their Constitutionally guaranteed property rights, other multiple users in supporting grazing and multiple use on federal/public lands; and exposing radical environmental groups’ abuse of the legal system and the attorney fee shifting statutes.

Zoe Ann Stoltz

Coffee Talks Presentation

Presentation Summary

Montana livestock brand records—held at the Montana Livestock Department Brand Office—were created using a system that has evolved over 150 years.  These records are a Treasure.   We will discuss the Records’ origins, evolution and the endless stories of family, place and time they reveal.   Did you know that Montana Brand Records are available on the Montana Memory Project?

Zoe Ann Stoltz Bio

As Reference Historian for the Montana Historical Society, Zoe Ann’s career combines her two passions, the people and history of Montana!   After growing up in eastern Montana, and raising three daughters in the State’s northwestern corner,  Zoe Ann pursued her dream of becoming a Public Historian.  To this end, she earned her Master’s in History from the University of Montana.  She has been the MHS Reference Historian for 15 Years!

Committee & Meeting Agendas


Friday, June 11, 2021 | Yogo Inn | Room: Depot | 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

9:00 a.m. Welcome and Call to Order

9:05 a.m. Review and Approval of Minutes

9:10 a.m. Department of Livestock Update

9:35 p.m. Seedstock Committee 
Cattle Directory Update

9:45 a.m. Cattle Health, Brand & Theft Committee
Animal Health Update

10:10 a.m. Marketing Committee
Cattle Marketing Update

11:00 a.m. Cattle Feeder Committee

11:10 a.m. Other Business

11:30 a.m. Adjourn


Thursday, June 10, 2021 | Yogo Inn | Room: Depot | 2:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

2:45 p.m. Welcome and Call to Order

2:50 p.m. Review and Approval of Minutes

3:00 p.m. Land Use Committee
Cheatgrass Succession – Steve Saunders, Bayer
30×30 Update – Raylee Honeycutt, MSGA Natural Resources Director

3:35 p.m. Water Committee
Speaker TBD

4:00 p.m. Landowner/Recreation and Wildlife Committee
FWP Update

4:30 p.m. Endangered Species Committee
ESA Update

4:50 p.m. Other Business

5:00 p.m. Adjourn


Friday, June 11, 2021 | Yogo Inn | Room: Judith/Moccasin | 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

9:00 a.m. Welcome and Call to Order

9:05 a.m. Review and Approval of Minutes

9:10 a.m. Nonprofit Land Acquisition Discussion

9:30 a.m. Department of Revenue Update

9:50 a.m. Tax and Finance Update
Tax Update

10:20 a.m. Ag Trade Update

10:50 a.m. Other Business

11:00 a.m. Adjourn


Wednesday, June 9, 2021 | Yogo Inn – Depot A | Lewistown, MT | 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

2:00 p.m. Welcome and Call to Order
Skip Ahlgren, President

2:10 p.m. Review and Approval of Minutes
Skip Ahlgren, President

2:20 p.m. MSGA Update
Jim Steinbeisser, President

2:35 p.m. National Public Lands Council Update
Kaitlynn Glover, Exec. Director

3:05 p.m. Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission Update
Lesley Robinson, Chair

3:20 p.m. Rangeland Resources Committee Update & Sage Grouse Oversight Team Update,
Diane Ahlgren, Chair

3:30 p.m. 2021 Legislative Update
Raylee Honeycutt, Exec. Staff

3:50 p.m. Red Tape Task Force Initiative Discussion
Raylee Honeycutt, Exec. Staff

4:00 p.m. Bureau of Land Management Update
John Mehlhoff, State Director

4:30 p.m. Election
Skip Ahlgren, President

4:45 p.m. Other Business
Skip Ahlgren, President

5:00 p.m.      Adjourn

Event Resources


Yogo Inn

211 East Main St | Lewistown, Montana 59457

Reservations may be made by calling the hotel directly at (406) 535-8721.

Please mention the Montana Stockgrowers Association, to receive the discounted rate of $105/night plus applicable taxes and fees.
Check in time is after 3:00 pm on the day of arrival. Check out time is before 11:00 am on the day of departure.

Let’s have some fun!

Join us at the Sunset After Party & Banquet for a special concert by The Bent Willows
We’ll have good food, drinks, dance, auctions and more to finish up our first night of MSGA MidYear Meeting.

Tickets are $50/person | Tickets can be purchased ahead of time or at the gate
This event is open to the public so invite your friends & family!

bent willows group picture

Montana Stockgrowers Foundation Fundraiser Auction

Two Tickets to the CAT/GRIZ Game at Washington Grizzly Stadium November 20!
Value $600

120thBrawl of the Wild-Tickets are near the 30 yard line. Package includes

  • Dinner at the amazing 1889 Steakhouse
  • and more!

Value $400

Custom Made by MSGA member, Ed Fryer, these men’s work chaps are made of high-quality medium-weight cowhide, with adjustable belt and legs, and attractive contrasting colors. They will last for years and still look good.

picture of chaps

Meet Lime…
Value $600

She was born April 8th at Pitts Quarter Horse Ranch. The sire is a registered Czech Shepherd. The puppies dam is registered Catahoula directly from Louisiana. The Catahoula Shepard is a great addition to the ranch  because of their smarts and ability to do just about anything you want to train them to do including hunting.  Catahoula’s have a natural herding instinct and ability. The Shepard Catahoula are an all-around working dog and make great companions.

puppy picture

Value $600

Gary Carter artwork called “Barons of Beef,” signed, numbered and framed.

barons of beef painting

Speedgoat Blade by Josh Smith Knives

Value is $225 

Handmade by Josh Smith, a master bladesmith in Frenchtown, this knife is extremely popular and consistently sold out. Each of Josh’s blades are heat treated to the highest quality. He uses fossil mammoth ivory, fossil walrus ivory, exotic woods, and precious metals. Don’t miss your chance to bid on this beautiful item!


Raffles & Drawings

Headframe Spirits Basket

In 2010, John and Courtney McKee founded Headframe Spirits in celebration of Butte’s spirit. Standing on the confluence of four lodes of ore, in one of the city’s historic buildings, our company operates with the deepest respect for the history of the city, the legacy of the mines and the people who worked there.

Each spirit pays tribute to the mines of Butte, Montana. Each bottle celebrates the history of a specific mine and those who worked there.

Win the use of a MF7716S Tractor with a FL.4327 Loader!

Buy your tickets for MSGA’s annual Massey Ferguson raffle at MidYear Meeting! Raffle will be held at MSGA’s Annual Convention in November.

1 for $20 or 6 for $100

To purchase, contact the MSGA office at 406-442-4230 or get in touch with a MSGA board member during the MidYear Meeting.


Event Sponsors

Thank you to our generous MidYear Meeting sponsors! Without them, this event would not be possible.

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massey logo
frontline ag solutions logo
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If you would like to become a MidYear Meeting sponsor, please contact Keni Reese at [email protected] or by calling 406-442-3420.

Safety Measures

Like always, we are taking safety at our event seriously to keep our attendees and staff as safe as possible. Hand sanitizer and face masks will be available throughout the event for those who wish to utilize them. We encourage attendees to socially distance when possible and to stay home if you feel unwell or have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19.

As the situation evolves, so will our approach to keeping you safe. We thank you for your patience and flexibility as we manage this.

Event Location

Yogo Inn | Lewistown, Montana

Future MidYear Meeting Locations

2022 Sidney

2023 Dillon

2024 Miles City