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: 



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.


Friday, October 25, 2019

9:00 – 10:00


10:30 am -12:00 pm

Welcome; general session; MFU business; audit reports by Farmers Union Industries and Brett Dailey of the Montana Beef Council

Break- snacks and refreshments

Montana Farmers Union Insurance Meeting

12:00 pm – 1:15 pmLuncheon: Dr. Bajwa of Montana State University; Sponsored by Farmers Union Industries
1:30 pm – 2:45 pmGeneral Session: Nominations; Candidate Speeches; Policy work if time allows
2:25 pm – 3:00 pm

Concurrent Workshops:( choose one)

1.)Transportation Update: Terry Whiteside

2.) MDOA Update on FSMA: David Wise & Andrea Sarchet

3:00 pm – 3:30 pmBreak
3:30 pm – 4:30 pmThe state of agriculture in the Dakotas and Wisconsin:
Round table: Mark Watne, Doug Sombke, Gary Wertish & Alan Merrill
4:30 pm – 5:30 pmMFU Policy
6:00 pm – 7:00 pmFarmers Union Insurance Reception
7:00 pm – 8:00 pmEntertainment: Erick Känd Comedy Hypnosis Show


Saturday, October 26, 2019

7:30 am – 8:30 amFUE Leadership Breakfast: Sponsored by First Interstate Bank; Presentation by FUE Leadership couple Kody and Serena Cator
8:40 am – 10:00 amGeneral Session: Credentials, Resolutions, By-Laws, Policy(Voting open until 10:30)
10:30 am – 11:00 amBreak
11:00 am – 11:30 amMalt Barley testing: Dr. Jamie Sherman-MSU Plant Sciences
11:30 am – 12:00 pmThe State of Trade: Dr. Fortenberry, Washington State University
12:00 pm – 1:20 pmYouth Luncheon: Keynote speaker Luc Swensson; Centennial Family Awards; Presentation of Youth Awards
1:20 pm – 1:40 pmBreak
1:40 pm – 2:10 pmPrecision Ag Concepts: Triangle Ag-Services –Brent Heiken
2:10 – 2:40Grizzly Management; Sarah Zielke; Bear Management Technician, FWP

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm


3:15 pm – 3:45 pm

Update on Feral Swine and the Potential Impact on Montana’s Wildlife, Habitat and Agricultural Industry: John Steuber, State Director for Montana USDA, APHIS, Wildlife Services

Break (snacks)

3:45 pm – 4:20Suicide Prevention in Montana: Jamie Eastwood, Executive Director/Founder  of Breathe “Let’s start a conversation” Presentation: QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 Simple Steps Anyone Can Learn to Help Save a Life from Suicide.



Policy Discussion if necessary

Reception; Sponsored by Cherry Creek Radio

6:00 pm – 9:00 pmMurder Mystery Dinner Show presented by Jest Murder Mystery Company; MFU Foundation Fundraiser


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.

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



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.