Producer Education

Stay up-to-date on the latest industry news & practices!

Webinars are presentations that take place on the internet, allowing participants in different locations to see and hear the presenter, ask questions, and provides additional education to participants.

Check below for the latest cattle industry webinars!

Upcoming Webinars

Montana Noxious Weed Law: The impacts of invasive species and how we regulate them

Presented by the Dan Scott Ranch Management Program through the Natural Resource and Policy Seminar Series

April 27, 2021 | 12:00 pm | Registration: FREE

The presences of invasive species harm the state’s economy, tourism, and biological diversity. Montana has several laws and rules that both regulate invasive species and protect our way of life from the damage they cause. Learn which laws and rules apply to you as a landowner, and why it is so important that all Montanans work together to manage invasive species like noxious weeds.

Speaker: Jasmine Reimer, State Noxious Weed Coordinator/Noxious Weed Program Manager

Meeting Number: 120 158 5782 | Password: Invasive

2021 Beef Extension Spring Webinar Series

Presented by Montana State University Extension

April 8 – May 13, 2021 | 6:00 pm | Registration: FREE

April 22nd – George Perry, Ph.D. Associate Professor and Cattle Reproductive Physiologist at Texas A&M University, Bull Fertility and His Impact on the Herd April 29th- Casey Solomon, DVM. Veterinarian at Milk River Genetics, Developing Reproductive Momentum

May 5th – Juliana Ranches, Ph.D. Assistant Professor and Extension Beef Cattle Specialist at Oregon State University, Mineral Supplementation of Beef Cows and the Impacts on Cattle Reproduction and Performance

May 13th – Taylor Grussing, M.S. Client Experience Manager for Vytelle- a precision livestock company providing bovine advanced reproductive services across the globe, Advantages of Incorporating Advanced Reproductive Technologies into Cattle Herds

WebEx Meeting Link: https://montana.webex.com/montana/j.php?MTID=m61c875fd2bb5e178f128b6c528269d88

Join by Phone:
+1-855-797-9485 US Toll free
+1-415-655-0002 US Toll
Access code: 120 190 1784

Contact Carla Sanford, Extension Beef Cattle Specialist, via [email protected] or call 406-994-3454 for additional information.

Presented by MSU Ranching Systems Team

These events will provide essential management strategies to help ranches cope during times of forage shortage. If you have any questions about these events, contact Rachel Frost at 406-994-3724 or [email protected].

  • April 26th 1-5pm- Sidney, Extension Office
    • Will be presented and recorded via Webex
    • Link to meeting
    • Meeting number (access code): 120 211 1053
    • Meeting Password: Drought2021
    • Join By Phone: +1-855-797-9485 US Toll Free, +1-415-655-0002 US Toll
  • April 27th 1-5pm- Miles City, 4-H Building
  • April 28th 1-5pm- Havre, Chuckwagon
  • April 29th 1-5pm- Lewistown, Eagles Grand Hall
  • May 6th 12-4pm- Dillon, 4-H Building

Thursdays, May 13 – June 17, 2021 | 5:00 – 6:00 pm MST | Registration: FREE | via Teams

Montana State University Extension Pondera County and Purdue Extension – Bartholomew County are teaming up to bring you a webinar series dedicated to helping you improve your agriculture communication skills. Adriane Good, from MSU Extension, and Cora Carter, from Purdue Extension, noticed that many agricultural producers want to engage with the public and share their story but have difficulties doing so. This webinar series aims to help producers with that, giving them the skills to communicate effectively and present themselves professionally online when engaging with a non-agricultural based public.

For more information about the webinar series, contact Adriane Good at 406-271-4054.

May 13: Media Literacy and Critical Thinking ft. Beth Forbes, Purdue

  • This session will help participants figure out where to find credible sources and how to verify the information you’re getting.

May 20: Communication and Engagement ft. Linda Pfeiffer, Purdue

  • Will discuss how to effectively communicate your points and engage with the people you’re speaking to. Beth and Linda are both part of the leadership team of College of Agriculture course at Purdue that helps students learn how to engage with the public on controversial issues.

May 27: Communicating Controversial Topics, Group Discussion

  • Participants will be broken out into smaller groups and asked to practice by discussing common controversial practices in agriculture, while remaining civil and professional.

June 3: Crafting Your Story ft. Carrie Mess (@dairycarrie)

  • Will feature Carrie Mess (@dairycarrie), a Wisconsin dairy farmer with a large social media following. Carrie has been using social media to connect with consumers for over 10 years and will help you learn how to craft your own story for social media.

June 10: Presenting Yourself Professionally Online ft. Sara Hollenbeck, High Five Meats

  • Will discuss presenting yourself professionally online. It can be difficult trying to decide what you should share on social media to retain a sense of professionalism while still being authentic. Sara will help you figure that out, drawing from her experience using social media to promote her local meat company.

June 17: Practice Telling Your Story, Group Discussion

  • Will be allowing you to put it all together! Once again, participants will be broken out into smaller groups and given a chance to practice using all your new skills. Other MSU and Purdue Extension educators have volunteered to participate in discussion with class participants, to give everyone a chance to communicate with all sorts of different people.

Webinar Recordings

Price Transparency and Discovery in Live Cattle Markets: Is There a Role for Regulation?

Presented by Montana State UniversityInitiative for Regulation and Applied Economic Analysis (IRAEA) 
This workshop brought together a small group of experts and stakeholders that will evaluate the relative benefits and costs of proposed market interventions and offer alternatives. MSGA’s President, Jim Steinbeisser, was included on this panel.

Find the event page at https://www.montana.edu/regecon/events_outreach/cattlemarkets/index.html

The Cow Calf Operator in the 21st Century: Remaining Relevant in the Future

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Presented by Boehringer Ingelheim & Montana Stockgrowers Association

Join us as we explore the relevance of the cow calf producer and his relationship with the consumer as we operate in the 21st Century.
Our goal is to investigate the knowledge that retail has to understand the desires of our consumer today. As we look forward to new marketing strategies and how to strengthen the current strategies the consumer can offer a great deal of insight into the direction that our products are being pulled.
We hope to give producers ideas and thoughts to consider as they continue to develop their marketing plans in the future. Today the beef industry has strong demand and is very resilient, therefore we as producers need to see that and continue to evolve as leaders in this industry.