MSGA Opens Applications for its Premier Leadership Program, the M Bar Academy

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HELENA, Mont. (March 1, 2024) – The Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA) is accepting applications for its premier leadership program, the Montana Stockgrowers M Bar Academy. The 18-month leadership program, designed to grow and develop leadership skills for individuals active in Montana’s ranching industry, will welcome its second cohort in June 2024. Individuals who work in the ranching industry are encouraged to apply. Candidates should submit their information by April 30, 2024.

“We are excited to welcome our next cohort of individuals for the M Bar leadership academy. We believe it is of the utmost importance to continue to build a pipeline of leaders that will honor and advance the legacy of Montana’s livestock industry. We encourage any person within our industry who is eager to learn and engage in the future of ranching, to apply for the M Bar Academy.”

said Raylee Honeycutt, MSGA Executive President

Approximately fifteen participants will commit to attending in-person sessions, virtual sessions, and various MSGA events from June 2024 to December 2025. Throughout the series, class participants will broaden their understanding of all aspects of industry, economic, political and cultural issues, expand their network, and participate in group and individual projects that reinforce learning and have direct applications.

Sessions will allow participants to gain valuable skills that can be applied in their careers, network with industry leaders, and be given further opportunities to be engaged in leadership positions with MSGA and the cattle industry upon completion of the program.

Those interested in participating in Montana Stockgrowers M Bar Academy should be involved in the Montana ranching industry and have a strong desire to grow leadership and business skills, serve the cattle industry, and invest in one’s personal development.

For more information or to apply, visit All candidate applications should be submitted via email to [email protected] or postmarked by April 30, 2024.

Sponsorship packages are also available for individuals or businesses interested in supporting this premier leadership program. Those interested can also reach out to Joey Berndt at [email protected].

The Montana Stockgrowers Association is a grassroots membership organization and is the trusted voice of cattle ranchers. With 140-years of history, MSGA advocates and ensures cattle ranching remains relevant, safe and a sustainable way of life for generations to come.


Keni Reese

Director of Marketing & Communications


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