Speaker Bios

lacyLacy Roberts – If you have ever been confused about how to put together your financials to renew your operating loan and felt confused, you are not alone. Lacy Roberts, Glacier County FSA Farm Loan Manager, will help producers understand how to build a Balance Sheet, Cash Flow Projection and assemble the actuals that FSA requires as a FSA loan borrower. This class will satisfy FSA’s requirement for financial management training. Lacy grew up on a Registered Black Angus operation, attended Montana State University where she obtained an Ag Business and Economics degree and continues to run her own cow herd with her husband, Chris. They have three children that keep them quite busy as well.

 

ty-mcdonaldTy McDonald grew up on a ranch in Central Montana. The trials his family went thru in succession and estate planning has helped drive his passion for others through the process. He has been with Waddell and Reed based in their Bozeman office since 2015 providing one-on-one counseling and financial services to producers and families across the state to make this difficult process easier. A MSU Alumni, he and his family enjoy staying active in the Bozeman community while still taking time to connect with agriculture.

 

Brian (1)Brian Lee – born and raised in Shelby, Montana, Brian is a Shareholder in Lee Law Office PC. Upon graduating from Shelby High School in 1995, Brian enlisted in the U.S. Army where he spent his entire enlistment serving in the 2nd Battalion of the 75th Ranger Regiment in Fort Lewis, Washington. Brian earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Montana State University in Bozeman in 2002 and a Juris Doctorate from the University Of Montana School Of Law in 2005. Following graduation from law school, Brian returned to Shelby and began practicing with his father, Don.

 

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Britney Tempel recently opened her own accounting firm, Montana Roots Accounting, after working for Wipfli along the Hi-Line for the last decade where her roots are.  Britney grew up on her family farm near Turner and continues to farm now with her husband, Matt, and two children on their own farm north of Chester. This gives her a very deep understanding of the day-to-day challenges faced by ag producers. Britney has been a long time presenter at the MT Next Gen Conference and is always willing to sit down and answer questions that agriculture tax brings up.

Doug_Pen-HikingDoug Weist- founded FarmTech in 2009 as a business focused on providing custom applications of the best in agricultural sciences and technology along with a level of understanding and customer service that only a fellow farmer can provide. Doug grew up in Choteau, Montana on the wheat and cattle farm that he and his family continue to operate. After graduating from Choteau High School Doug attended Montana State University, earning a degree in Plant Molecular Biology and Plant Biotechnology.  While at MSU, Doug pursued education and exposure to GPS technologies and participated with the Upper Midwest Aerospace Consortium.  It was through his education at MSU that Doug recognized the power in bringing together digital and agricultural sciences.

Doug started FarmTech by building on his experience working for WestBred (a Monsanto subsidiary), CHS, Inc., and working with large farms in southern Ukraine. Doug regularly works with manufacturers like TopCon to beta test and refine new products for the consumer market.

 

korey and wendy picKorey and Wendy Fauque- Korey grew up in Sunburst and attended MSU Northern In Havre, MT where he earned a degree in Ag Technology.  He worked at CHS in Cut Bank as an agronomist & salesman for 5 years. In 2003, he and his wife Wendy purchased Puckett Insurance (now KW Insurance) and have been setting the standard for insurance delivery in northern Montana with locations in Sunburst and Cut Bank as well as being a distributor for Ben Taylor. They also farm the family operation and have taken on various experiments with intercropping, rotations and no-till farming. In 2010, they branched into selling grass fed beef as well under their own label – Happy Steer. Fauques are truly leaders in the community and the farming industry and will provide a great in-depth look at their operation.

 

Wade mcalpineWade McAlpine- Wade grew up on his family’s organic farm and ranch northwest of Valier. He obtained a degree from MSU in Finance and Accounting. He currently works for NWFCS as real estate appraiser. He and his wife, Ashley, live in Great Falls and travel back to Valier to help with the family farm and manage his own cowherd. In his free time, he packs, hunts and fishes.

 

chris-1-2Chris Mehus- Born, raised, and educated in Montana, Chris Mehus has always maintained a joint passion for agriculture and nature. He has applied his degrees in Wildlife Biology and Range Science to assist and advocate for ranchers who have a strong conservation ethic.  After 10 years ranching experience in Southern Montana, Chris spent several years working in rural business and financial planning. He is an outspoken advocate for the teachings of Johan Zeitsman, Stan Parsons, Alan Savory, Bud Williams, Nicole Masters, and similar progressive thinkers, and how these practices can transform an operation to optimize profits while working in sinc with the environment.

 

mtnextgenFarver Farms, LLC- comprised of Terry A Farver and Shauna Ferguson Farver, married and both involved in their farming operating, received a value added producer grant for working capital expenses in the amount of $250,000 to expand their market for their Lentil Crunchers product. Lentil Crunchers are a ready to eat (RTE), consumer packaged goods (CPG) product made from the lentils grown on the Farver’s farm.  Through their proprietary process, the raw lentils are processed and packaged as a snack food, similar to hulled sunflower seeds. With the help of the Value-Added Producer Grant, Farver Farms is able to cover working capital expenses while expanding their product line and reaching more customers throughout Montana and across the United States.

 

Marlee Sandry- Agriculture Producer State Specialist, has been with USDA Rural Development formtnetgen1 three years. Her position was created with the intent of reaching Farmers and Ranchers across Montana that have previously been put on the wayside. Marlee lives on her husbands family ranch in Deer Lodge, MT and understands the commitment and sacrifice it takes to run and operate a successful business.