October 25-26 in Great Falls at the Heritage Inn

 

We are pleased to celebrate the 104th convention at the Heritage Inn, Great Falls. Since our inception, holding a state convention has been standard practice. It gives members the opportunity to vote on organizational policy, network and take in educational workshops on farming practices and stay up-to-date on agriculture trends.

Farmers Union Mutual Insurance is generous to host a reception Friday night with entertainment to follow! Saturday is our youth luncheon, which recognizes MFU youth leadership, and our membership banquet Saturday night caps off the event with an MFU foundation fundraiser and farm centennial awards.

We hope to see you there!

Registration is available online at: 

eventbrite.com/e/2019-mfu-annual-convention-tickets-66241055781

 

Early bird registration(by October 21):

Adults: $75; includes all meals and conference workshops. After the registration deadline is $85.

Youth: $35; 15 and under; includes all meals and conference workshops. After the registration deadline the cost is $45.

Lodging is available at the Heritage Inn. MFU has a special room block for the convention. Please call the hotel directly at (406) 761-1900 to make a reservation.

Agenda

Friday, October 25, 2019

10:30 am -12:00 pm Montana Farmers Union Insurance Meeting
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm Luncheon: Dr. Bajwa of Montana State University; Sponsored by Farmers Union Industries
1:30 pm – 2:45 pm General Session: Welcome: Audit report, FUI Report, Dan Hildenbrandt Beef Council Report, Chaley Harney; Nominations
2:25 pm – 3:00 pm Transportation Update: Terry Whiteside
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Break
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm The state of agriculture in the Dakotas and Wisconsin:
Roundtable: Mark Watne/Doug Sombke, Darren Von Ruden
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm MFU Policy
5:30 pm – 6:00 pm Break
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Farmers Union Insurance Reception
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm Entertainment: Erick Känd Comedy Hypnosis Show

 

Saturday, October 26, 2019

7:30 am – 8:30 am FUE Leadership Breakfast: Sponsored by First Interstate Bank; Presentation by FUE Leadership couple Kody and Serena Cator
8:40 am – 10:30 am General Session: Credentials, Resolutions, By-Laws, Policy
10:30 am – 11:00 am Break
11:00 am – 11:30 am Malt Barley Presentation and testing: Dr. Jamie Sherman-MSU Plant Sciences
11:30 am – 12:00 pm The State of Trade: Dr. Fortenbery, Washington State University
12:00 pm – 1:20 pm Youth Luncheon: Keynote speaker: presentation of youth awards, sponsored by CHS
1:20 pm – 1:40 pm Break
1:40 pm – 3:30 pm Pizazz- Cooking with lentils and local foods!- Limited to 12 participants. Please sign up at registration.
1:40 pm – 2:10 pm

Concurrent Workshops:

-Incorporating Drones in agriculture practices: Triangle Ag-Services –Deimna Heiken

-Cattle Markets, speaker TBD

2:10 pm – 3:00 pm

Concurrent workshops:
-The last Farm practices; speaker TBD
-Soil health on the farm  

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm Break (snacks)
3:30 pm – 4:30 Farm Safety: Presentation by MFU Education Assistant Vicky Jo Reeves & ATV Simulator Demonstration
6:00 pm – 8:00 Murder Mystery Dinner Show presented by Jest Murder Mystery Company; MFU Foundation Fundraiser

Speakers

Friday night entertainment:

Erick Känd has hypnotized over 20,000 people worldwide. Get Hypnotized! The Erick Känd Comedy Hypnosis Show is an outstanding program of interactive entertainment guaranteed to have you laughing out loud and applauding wildly. The show is fast-paced, hilarious, and head and shoulders above the traditional Hypnosis Show. Self-selecting volunteers experience true hypnosis phenomena and become the true stars of the event! The stage is filled like a big production with “cast members” drawn from the audience. Music and sound are an integral part of the performance, making it a headline experience with a big impact.

 

Friday luncheon Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Sreekala Bajwa, MSU vice president of agriculture

As the vice president of agriculture, Bajwa oversees a teaching, education and research network that stretches across Montana with seven agricultural research centers, five academic departments and five Bozeman-based campus farms and ranches. The College of Agriculture and Montana Agricultural Experiment Station collectively conduct research to address production challenges to benefit the agricultural industry in Montana.

Saturday Evening: Murder Mystery Dinner Show 

Presented by Jest Murder Mystery Company. The show will feature three acts with dinner served between acts. Come prepared to be entertained! Check out Jest Murder Mystery Company for more!

Sponsors & Exhibitors

Event sponsorship:

There are many sponsorship opportunities available at the 2019 MFU State Convention.

Below is a list of the break, breakfast, lunch, banquet, and entertainment slots available for sponsorship at the Montana Farmers Union state convention. Sponsors receive recognition for their support both in the convention program and with signage during the sponsored event. Sponsorships are first come first serve. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor please contact the MFU State office at 800-234-4071 or mfu@montanafarmersunion.com for a sponsorship form.

Event
Total Cost
Breaks  
Friday afternoon $400
Saturday morning $300
Saturday afternoon $400
   
Breakfasts  
Leadership breakfast, Saturday $950
   
Luncheons  
Agents luncheon, Friday $1,500
Education luncheon, Saturday $1,200
   
Entertainment  
Erick Kand; Friday evening $1,000
Reception, Friday evening (Sponsored) $2,000 

 

Vendors:

You are invited to be part of this event for a fee of $75 for a table only, or $125 which includes meal tickets for the Friday luncheon and evening reception and the Saturday breakfast and luncheon. The fee includes an 8 x 10 space, electricity (if needed), one covered table and your business promoted on the big screen throughout the convention. Register now. If you have any questions regarding the convention booths, please contact Vicky Jo Reeves at vreeves@montanafarmersunion.com or at 1-800-234-4071 or 406-452-6406.

Vendor setup information:

Set up for your booth at this year’s convention will start Friday, October 25, at 8:00 AM and must be completed by 10 AM. Booths will be on display in the conference center on Friday from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Saturday from the hours of 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. This location will offer maximum exposure for vendor participants. When arriving at the event please check-in at the vendor booth registration desk. Individual meal tickets can also be purchased at the MFU convention registration desk .

The vendor registration deadline is Friday, October 11, 2019. After this date please contact the office for availability. We hope to have you join us at the 2019 Montana Farmers Union Convention in Great Falls October 25 – 26 at the Heritage Inn.