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Montana Stockgrowers mid-year meeting planned for June

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The Montana Stockgrowers Association is gearing up for this year’s mid-year meeting June 7 to 8 in Missoula, Mont., at the Hilton Garden Inn.

The mid-year gathering is one of two major annual meetings. MSGA members will gather to discuss the issues facing Montana ranching families and set interim policy to guide the association through the rest of the year. The highlight of the gathering will be a ranch tour on June 7. Also, eligible attendees of the meeting will have an opportunity to double their chances to win the Ford F-250 to be given away by MSGA and the Montana Ford Stores at MSGA’s annual convention, Dec. 12 to 14, in Billings.

The ranch tour will feature five stops in Missoula and the Bitterroot Valley. The first stop will be at the Missoula Smokejumper Base with lunch provided by the Blackfoot Valley CattleWomen. Attendees will have an opportunity to tour the facility and meet smokejumpers. The second stop will be at the Program in Ecological Agriculture and Society Farm, a hub of Garden City Harvest’s programs, and at 10 acres, the largest neighborhood farm in Missoula. Next, the tour will travel south of Missoula to the Bitterroot Valley and Sutherlin Farms, a family-run, diversified operation that has a registered Red Angus cattle herd, a commercial cattle herd, and a bull development feedlot.

The next stop will be at the Mytty Angus Ranch, which has been in operation since 1998, in Florence, Mont. Mytty Angus strives to focus on fertility first and then to zero in on structural soundness and phonotypical cattle that will consistently deliver calves with powerful weaning weights and yearling weights. From the Mytty Angus Ranch, the tour will travel to the Lolo Peak Arena for the final stop and a tri-tip steak dinner by Sutherlin Farms, music and entertainment by Take Two Productions, and the famous Stick Horse Race fundraiser for MSGA’s Research, Education and Endowment Foundation.

Other highlights of the meeting include an opening general session with keynote speaker Monica J. Lindeen, Montana commissioner of Securities and Insurance. The Young Stockgrowers will host their Advocating for Ag Lunch on June 8 featuring keynote speaker Capt. Peter Shinn of the Air National Guard, who will talk about accompanying a group of soldiers into the heart of the most dangerous territory in Afghanistan in order to help Afghan farmers improve their profitability and feed their people.

Attendees of this year’s mid-year meeting who register for the full-two day mid-year package, and are a rancher, feeder/stocker, or young stockgrower member of MSGA, can double their chances to win the Ford F-250 that MSGA and the Montana Ford Stores will give away to one lucky member at the annual convention. The winner will be selected from those who attend annual convention, and are present at the grand finale banquet.

For more information about MSGA’s mid-year meeting, contact MSGA’s office at 406-442-3420. Registration packets are available online at www.mtbeef.org. Registrations received before June 1 will receive discount pricing. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn 406-532-5300. Rooms start at $94 and must be reserved by May 16 to receive discounted rate.

Date: 5/13/2013



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