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Montana Stockgrowers to hold convention, trade show


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The 2012 Montana Stockgrowers Association and Montana CattleWomen Annual Convention and Trade Show will meet at the Holiday Inn Grand Montana in Billings, Mont. on Dec. 13 to 15. This year's convention will be full of fun, learning opportunities, and important association work.

The highlight of convention will again be Ford Super Duty truck giveaway. MSGA and Montana Ford Stores have teamed up to give a Super Duty to one lucky member. The drawing will be held Dec. 15 during the Grand Finale Banquet with Russell Nemetz from Northern Ag Network emceeing. All current MSGA Rancher, Stocker/Feeder, or Young Stockgrower members who fill out the truck entry form at convention registration and attend the Grand Finale Banquet are eligible to win.

This year's Trade Show features 96 vendors with all kinds of different products and services of interest to Montana's ranch families. MSGA will have copies of its new coffee table photography book Big Sky Boots: Working Seasons of a Montana Cowboy on hand and available for purchase. On Dec. 13 and 14, convention attendees will gather in the trade show for dinner and a special viewing of the National Finals Rodeo on two big screens. The trade show will be replaced Dec. 15 by the T-Bone Classic Car Show with brand new Ford vehicles and some classic treasures.

Speakers throughout convention will include Forrest Roberts, National Cattlemen's Beef Association chief executive officer and Tammi Didlot, American National CattleWomen president. The Pfizer Cattlemen's Colleges will be held on Dec. 13 and 14 featuring Gary Brester, agricultural economics professor at MSU, and Larry Gran, Gary Sides, and Brett Crosby with Pfizer Animal Health. The Pfizer Cattlemen's Colleges will feature educational topics such as "Promoting and Defending Modern Agriculture in a Facebook Culture," "Genetic Tools for Commercial Cattlemen," "Volatility in Agriculture," and "Pasture, Rangeland, and Forage Rainfall Insurance." This year we will also have a "Stump the Speaker" leadership panel that will be open to any and all questions relevant to the agriculture industry and a workshop to help ranchers be involved at the 2013 Montana Legislative Session.

A major component of convention is the setting of new policy and the review of past policies to guide the association through its day-to-day work. The policy process will begin on Dec. 13 with the Beef Production & Marketing and Membership Development & Services committee meetings. The Land Use & Environment and Tax, Finance & Ag Policy committee meetings will be on Dec. 14. The Second Reading of Resolutions will be held on the morning of Dec. 15, with reports from each committee. The final reading, and an up or down vote on resolutions, will occur at the MSGA Business Meeting on the afternoon of Dec. 15. Resolutions that make it through the entire process, and are approved by the MSGA Board of Directors, will become association policy.

This meeting will mark the end of the presidency of Watty Taylor of Busby, set to be succeeded by Tucker Hughes of Stanford. Gene Curry of Valier is nominated to move up from 2nd Vice President to 1st Vice President. The MSGA Nominating Committee has nominated a slate of nine candidates for three open Board positions, as well as 2nd Vice President.

To learn more, or to register please call the MSGA office at 406-442-3420. Visit www.mtbeef.org to see the full schedule of events or to register online.

Date: 12/03/2012



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