Registration is now open for the 2018 Producer Conference! This can’t miss event will include workshops on farm succession planning, marketing and hedging, growing of Industrial Hemp and the incorporation of precision agriculture with ranching. MFU will partner with the MSU Northern Collegiate Stockgrowers for the Beef N’ Brews event Friday night of the conference. Lodging is available at  the Great Northern Inn and included in the registration price should you select it.

Registration: MFU Members: $35 without lodging/ $85 with lodging; Nonmembers: $50 without lodging/ $100 with lodging. Room reservations will be made by Montana Farmers Union using information provided through registration. Register today!

Friday, Feb. 9
9:00 - 9:20 amRegistration
9:30Depart for Peterson Ranch
10:00 - 12:30 pmPeterson Ranch Tour
12:30Depart for Great Northern Inn-Havre
1:00 - 2:00Overview of MFU/Stockgrower Program; Lunch provided
2:00 - 5:00Farm Succession Planning, presented by Keith Tokerud
6:00 pmBeef N' Brews Event, hosted by MSU Northern Collegiate Stockgrowers
Saturday, Feb, 10
8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 - 10:00Beef Producer Panel:
Colter Devries of Colt James Ranches; Ashley Callahan/Bear Paw Meats
10:00 - 11:00Industrial Hemp, presented by Jeff Kostuik with Hemp Genetics International Inc
11:00 - noonMarketing & Hedging presented by Jeremy Kohake
12:00 - 1:00Montana Ag Safety presentation; lunch provided
1:00 -2:00Calving Cameras & Drone Technology in Ranching, presented by Dayv Unruh with Timber Mountain Technologies
2:00 - 3:00What to Expect in the Upcoming Farm Bill, panel TBD
3:00Conference Wrap-Up

About our presenters:

Dayv Unruh, Timber Mountain Technologies

Dayv Unruh

Rancheyes is a product of Timber Mountain Technologies, a privately owned proprietorship based in Chinook, Montana.  The company was started with local farmers and ranchers in mind, who were looking for quality wired and wireless video products to monitor their cattle during the calving season. This has saved them  trips to and from the barn, hours of lost sleep and of course livestock. This camera has since been adapted to cover lambing, foaling, farrowing, and hatching applications. We are focused on providing specialized solutions for the farming and ranching community and new products and services are being developed constantly, so please, if you don’t see what you are looking for just ask and we will see what we can do for you.

Colter DeVries

Colter DeVries, founder of Colt James Ranches

Colter DeVries is the founder of Colt James Ranches, is a 5th Generation Montana Rancher. He is dedicated to producing the best quality Wagyu breed in the most ecological and ethical way possible.Holding a firm belief that there is a brighter, more socially responsible future for ranching and raising cattle, Colter uses a holistic management approach that sets him far apart from other Wagyu ranchers.This ranching style combined with superior genetics and fertile Montana grasslands have enabled him to produce what we believe is the best tasting, most ethically sourced Wagyu beef you can find. Wagyu’s sought after flavor just gets better with Colt James.Through this new approach, we hope to engage consumers, and inspire them to take a more active role in learning exactly where their food comes from. Learn more about the Colt James Ranches on their YouTube channel.

Keith Tokerud, Scott, Tokerud & McCarty

Keith Tokerud focuses his practice on helping clients protect their families and their wealth and helping his business owner clients plan for the most important financial event of their lives: the transition out of their business.Keith is a member of WealthCounsel, a national consortium of estate planning attorneys, the State Bar of Montana’s Trust and Estates section and the Cascade County Estate Planning Council.

Born and raised in Great Falls, Keith earned a bachelor’s degree in Russian Studies, magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania.  He obtained his law degree from the University of Michigan and initially practiced corporate and securities law in Houston, Texas.  When Keith returned to Montana, he worked as a trial lawyer with the Great Falls law firm of Jardine, Stephenson, Blewett & Weaver before joining his father-in-law, Bill Scott, to form Scott & Tokerud in 1986.