2014 Winter Grazing Seminar will be hosted by the Custer County Conservation District, Prairie County Conservation District and USDA-ARS Fort Keogh LARRL. The event will be held at the Sleep Inn 1006 South Haynes Ave. Miles City MT on January 29-30.
The first day of the seminar will feature representatives from the Public Lands Council. Executive Director Dustin Van Liew and Vice President Brenda Richards from the National Public Lands Council will speak on multiple issues in agriculture. Montana Executive Director Jay Bodner and federal grazing permitee Lon Reukauf will also join the discussion. Next Tim Griffiths and Dr. David Naugle will give a presentation on Sage Grouse. To conclude the first day of the seminar a producer panel will speak on a rancher’s perspective of sage grouse management on rangelands.
That evening, a social hour and banquet will be held at the Town & Country Club in Miles City. Northern Ag Network’s Haylie Shipp will be the Master of Ceremonies for the banquet. Range Leader of the Year Awards will be given to the winners of the rancher and professional categories. Governor Bullock is invited to give the keynote address. Bill Rossiter will be the evening’s entertainment with cowboy poetry and music.
The second day of the seminar will begin with Kevin Spafford, founder of Legacy by Design, with his presentation on Succession Solutions for Farm Families. The seminar will conclude with presentations from Fort Keogh researchers Dr. Andy Roberts on Heifer Development and Dr. Mark Petersen on Water Quality.
For more information, contact Heidi Crum, State Coordinator, Rangeland Resources Program at (406) 444-6619.