Agenda

The 2022 Montana’s Next Generation Conference will provide six powerful evening sessions covering recordkeeping, markets, marketing, crop production, succession planning, and business topics.  Sessions will be on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., beginning January 11.  All sessions will be broadcast and accessible online.  Sessions will be free, but registration is required at https://tinyurl.com/3py9unt9.

Farm Service Agency (FSA) borrowers can complete their borrower training requirements through the series by participating in three evenings of their choice and completing the quiz and evaluation for those sessions.

Sessions will be as follows:

Jan. 11 – Lacy Roberts, Glacier County Farm Loan Manager, will start the series off with Beginning Financial and Production Recordkeeping. She will cover the basics of developing a balance sheet and cash flow along with how to keep track of income and expenses.

Jan. 13 – 2022 Market outlook and developing your farm and ranch marketing plan, Kirk Donsbach, Daniels Trading

Korey Fauque of Happy Steer Ranch and KW Insurance will share how they have successfully integrated livestock into their farming operation and the lessons they have learned from direct marketing their beef. 

Jan. 18 – Marlee Sandry of USDA Rural Development will follow up with Value Added Agriculture and opportunities for farmers and ranchers to grow their profits through a value-added enterprise. Shauna Farver will share her experiences with the RD Value Added program.

The Western Sustainability Exchange will have Chris Mehus on to cover carbon credits for the farm or ranch and what it means as a producer.

Jan. 20 – Doug Weist will cover technology options in agriculture without breaking the bank and how to use it to improve the bottom line

The Changing Face of Agriculture – Wade McAlpine, Northwest Farm Credit Services appraiser, will cover land values and factors impacting current sales. 

Jan. 25 – Ty McDonald of Waddel & Reed will cover succession planning for the farm or ranch.  No matter your stage in the process, Ty will share tips for moving forward with the transition of the agricultural business to the next generation. 

Jan. 27 –  Taxes and Legal Issues – The conference will conclude with Britney Tempel of Montana Roots Accounting, PLLC and Brian Lee of Lee Law Offices presenting.  Britney will share updates in the tax accounting world and how to manage the tax and cash flow side of a drought.  Brian will wrap up with current legal issues in agriculture.

For registration questions, please contact Kari Lewis at (406) 873-2239 or kari.lewis@montana.edu.  For FSA borrower training questions, please contact Lacy Roberts at (406) 873-5618 (ext. 2060) or lacy.roberts@usda.gov.  

2022 Next Gen Flyer