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Pass It On Down: Ag Groups Host Seminar on Transfering the Family Farm to the Next Generation

The Marias River Livestock Association, USDA Farm Service Agency, Front Range Counties Farm Bureau, and MSU Extension Service are teaming up to host a two-day seminar to assist farmers and ranchers in preparing to pass their family businesses on to the next generation. The “Montana’s Next Generation” Conderence will be held January 24-25, 2014 in Shelby. Below is the conference agenda.

If you have questions about the conference, call Lacey Roberts at the FSA office in Cut Bank at 406-873-5618.

Click HERE to download the registration form. (Link takes you to the Marias River Livestock Association’s website.) Registration deadline is Friday, January 17th.

Conference Agenda

Friday, January 24th – Coyote Club and Events Center – 137 Main St. Shelby, MT
1:00 – 5:00 pm “Succession Solutions for Farm Families”
workshops with Kevin Spafford
5:00 – 6:30 pm No host social followed by Roast Beef Dinner
6:30 – 8:30 pm Introductory Address – Curry Family, Valier MT
Discussion Panel
Mediated by Kevin Spafford with area succession planning experts including:

  • Joel Schumacher, MSU Extension Specialist in Estate Planning
  • Dave Rindal, Investment Broker at First State Bank
  • Erik Nelson, Loan Officer at First State Bank
  • Kurt Barnkoff, Accountant, Galusha Higgins and Galusha
  • Bob Hermance, Toole County FSA
  • Brian Lee, Attorney, Lee Law Office
  • Brett Keaster – Insurance Topics
  • Eric Torgerson and Curry Family – Local Producers and Business Owners
Saturday, January 25th – Shelby High School Auditorium
9:00 – 12:00 pm Workshops

  • Financial Recordkeeping
  • Estate Planning
  • Utilizing your CPA
  • Heifer Development
  • Crop Insurance
  • Predator Control
  • Verified Beef
  • Beginning Farm Works
  • Precision Ag
  • Updates in the seed industry
12:00 – 12:30 pm Lunch
12:30 pm – 5:00 pm Workshops

  • Cattle Nutrition
  • Herd Health Management
  • Livestock Marketing
  • EPDs and Industry changes
  • Beef Cattle Rumen Health
  • Getting the most out of your fertilizer dollars
  • Crop Scouting, Grain Marketing
  • FSA and NRCS program changes
  • Advanced Farm Works
  • Producer Topics Discussion Panel
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm Taco Bar Dinner, Booth Fair & Live Music– Coyote Club


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