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Montana Farmers Union Annual Convention

October 26, 2018 - October 27, 2018

We invite you to participate in our 103rd Annual Montana Farmers Union state convention on October 26-27, 2018, at the Holiday Inn in Great Falls.The convention theme is Moving Agriculture Forward. The event will kick off with a cattle handling workshop Friday morning at the Montana Expo Park led by renowned stockman Curt Pate. At Friday’s luncheon Keith Horton, Senior Trial Agronomist, will discuss Cargill’s Omega-3 canola project. Friday night entertainment will be provided by agricultural speaker and comedian Lyndy Phillips. Saturday will feature workshops on Industrial Hemp production, legacy and succession planning and an update by Jess Peterson with the United States Cattlemen Association Adult registration is $50 before before October 19 and $75 after October 19. Youth is $25 before the early registration date and $30 after October 19.  All meals are included with registration. Attendees can make reservations at the convention location by calling the Holiday Inn Great Falls at 406.727.7200. When making a reservation use the code MFU to receive the group rate.

Friday, October 26, 2018 
8:00 amEvent registration opens
9:30 - 11:30Low- Stress Cattle Handling Workshop; led by Kurt Pate; Montana ExpoPark Livestock Pavilion
10:30-NoonMontana Farmers Union Insurance Meeting
Noon-1:30Luncheon, sponsored by: Farmers Union Industries
Keynote: Keith Horton, Cargill Inc.
1:30 – 4:00General Session; FUI Audit Report, Beef Council Report, Nominations, Bylaws & Policy
4:00 - 4:30BREAK & District Caucuses
4:30 – 5:30Concurrent Workshops:
1.) Promoting Awareness of Best Forage-Management Practices; Presented by Dr. Emily Meccage;
2.) NFU Food Safety Collaborative: Presented by David Wise and Andrea Sarchet
6:00Reception Sponsored by Farmers Union Insurance
7:00Entertainment: Comedian Lyndy Phillips, Sponsored by RBC
Saturday, October 27, 2018
7:30 – 8:30 amLeadership Breakfast sponsored by First Interstate Bank; Presentation by:
Walter Schweitzer & Cindy Palmer
8:40 – 9:30General Session: Credentials, Resolutions, By-Laws
10:00 – 10:45Legislative Update by the United States Cattlemen Association: Jess Peterson
10:45 – 11:30National Farmers Union Update: Matt Perdue
11:30 - NoonA look at the Cultivating Connections Internship Program: Presented by Lily Ogden, Maddie Pyscher, and Cady Rollins
Noon - 1:30Youth Luncheon: Keynote speaker: Riley Slivka; presentation of youth awards, installation of officers
1:30 – 2:30Who is the Future of Your Business? Presented by Ryan Hughes; Alltech/Hubbard
2:30 - 3:30Montana Department of Agriculture Mediation Program & Estate Planning: Presented by Jim Auer & Christy Clark
3:30 - 4:00- Break -
4:00 - 5:00Industrial Hemp in Montana: Panel discussion: Laura Garber, Kirby Hancock & Colby Johnson; moderated by Justin Loch
Convention Concludes, see you next year!


October 26, 2018
October 27, 2018


Holiday Inn, Great Falls MT