Young Ag Leadership Conference scheduled
Register now for the Young Ag Leadership Conference, set to take place Oct. 11 to 13 at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. The YALC is a collaborative effort between nine of Montana’s agricultural organizations, offering attendees a chance to discuss current ag issues, take part in various workshops, meet with industry leaders and network with fellow young people who live Montana agriculture.
Anyone aged 18 to 40 and interested or involved in any facet of agriculture is encouraged to attend. The conference is put together by a committee of representatives from each of the following: Montana Agri-Business Association, Montana Cattlemen’s Association, Montana 4-H Foundation, Montana FFA Foundation, Montana Farm Bureau Federation, Montana Farmers Union, Montana Grain Growers Association, Montana State University College of Agriculture, and the Montana Stockgrowers Association.
“Ag Venture 2013,” a day camp for children ages 3 and up, will be offered for the first time this year. Ag Ed students from Montana State University will engage kids in a fun and positive environment to promote agriculture. This camp will take place all day Saturday, allowing parents to fully participate in the jam-packed agenda while knowing their youngsters are enjoying a fun day of activities and learning.
Registration will open at 4 p.m. on Oct. 11 with the social beginning at 6 p.m. The weekend’s festivities will kick off with dinner and an entertaining program. The Oct. 11 schedule is full of workshops, discussion groups and networking opportunities. Participants can choose between six workshop topics and two discussion group themes. The topics included in this year’s workshop sessions range from drought management to bioethics, improving soil health to risk management for beginning farmers and ranchers. Saturday’s luncheon will feature an insightful and entertaining talk by Cort Jensen of the Montana Department of Agriculture. The discussion group topics offered are “America & The World: A look at U.S. commodities, trade and the current issues affecting them” and “Montana Ag Business: Getting a Job and Making it Last.”
After a day full of information and networking, the day will wrap up with dinner and an evening of relaxation in the many pools and tubs offered at Fairmont Hot Springs. The weekend will be capped off with Amanda Radke of BEEF Magazine’s “5 Simple Ways to be a Better Agvocate Now.”
Cost of registration for the YALC is only $25, with all meals provided and enrollment costs for the “Ag Venture Day Camp” is $10 per child. After the pre-registration date of Oct. 4, fees increase to $35.
To register for YALC go to the Montana Farm Bureau Federation website at http://mfbf.org/ag-newswire/2013/06/yalc-register/ or contact Mariah Baumann Shammel at 406-462-5639 or firstname.lastname@example.org.