Shelby, Mont. – Jan. 14, 2015 –There is still time to register for Montana’s Next Generation Conference Friday and Saturday, Jan. 30 and 31 in Shelby. Hosted by the Glacier and Toole County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), local MSU Extension, Marias River Livestock Association and the Front Range Counties Farm Bureau, this comprehensive conference including succession planning and production workshops is one you won’t want to miss.

Montana FSA: Montana’s Next Generation Conference Jan. 30 and 31 in Shelby

For Immediate Release: Jan. 14, 2015

Media Contact:
Lacy Roberts
Glacier County USDA/FSA
lacy.roberts@mt.usda.gov
406.873.5618, ext. 2

Shelby, Mont. – Jan. 14, 2015 –There is still time to register for Montana’s Next Generation Conference Friday and Saturday, Jan. 30 and 31 in Shelby. Hosted by the Glacier and Toole County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA), local MSU Extension, Marias River Livestock Association and the Front Range Counties Farm Bureau, this comprehensive conference including succession planning and production workshops is one you won’t want to miss.

Friday, Jan. 30 events will feature Kevin Spafford of Legacy by Design, LLC. Spafford will lead participants through the succession planning process with hands-on activities for all generations as they learn how to make a successful transition of the farming or ranching operation. The evening’s keynote address will be Sandra Hare, “Understanding the Personalities of the Generations.” Hare, an experienced human resources executive, has provided expertise to companies such as Wheat Montana and Kalispell Regional Healthcare. The evening will conclude with entertainment by the talented Halladay Quist.
 
Saturday, Jan. 31 events feature an outstanding lineup of industry speakers and professionals offering a total of 36 workshops for attendees to select from. Each hour will have workshops for crop and livestock producers with a portion of workshops aimed towards beginning producers and for those who have been involved in agriculture for many years and want to learn about what’s new in the industry.
 
Workshops will include everything from recordkeeping and tax planning to beef cattle nutrition and herd health to precision agriculture and crop scouting and everything in between. Local FSA staff will provide an overview of the existing FSA programs including low interest loans, CRP and livestock disaster programs. Toole County Executive Director, Robert Hermance, will provide updates on the new ARC/PLC program and answer any questions producers may have on this or existing programs.
 
Registration forms are available online at http://www.mariasriverlivestock.com/next_generation_conference.html or by calling the Glacier County Extension office at 406-873-2239. Conference updates will be available via the Facebook page, Montana’s Next Generation Conference. Cost is $20/individual/day, or $30/couple/day, and registrations are due by Jan. 23. Participants are encouraged to bring the entire family as daycare is available and additional family members will be eligible for the couple discount. Discounted motel rates of $75/night are available at the Best Western Shelby Inn & Suites (406-424-4560) or the Comfort Inn (406-434-2212) at $70/night for a single room or $75/night for a double room if booked in advance of the conference.
 
Persons with disabilities who require accommodations to attend or participate in this event should contact Lacy Roberts at 406.873.5618, ext. 2 or Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 by Jan. 28, 2015.
 
If you have any questions, please contact Lacy Roberts at 406-873-5618, ext. 2 or Kari Lewis at 406-873-2239. Don’t miss this great opportunity to plan for the future and learn from some outstanding professionals.

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