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.

mykel_taylor_0005-20130716Dr. Mykel Taylor is currently on staff with Kansas State University but will be moving to Pardue in Jan. 2021. She is a Montana native with a B.S. and M.S. from Montana State University and Ph.D. in Economics from North Carolina State University. She joined KSU in 2011 as assistant professor of agricultural economics with a major appointment in extension. Her areas of focus include food safety and consumer demand, grain marketing, and agricultural land values. Taylor was an assistant professor and extension specialist for the School of Economic Sciences at Washington State University as well.

DallasDallas Mount has sat at hundreds of kitchen tables and delivered workshops to thousands of ranchers across the US, Canada, and Australia to help them improve the profitability and overall health of their businesses. He has hands-on experience working in cow-calf, yearling, feedlot and hay enterprises. He received his BS and MS from Colorado State University in Animal Science. Dallas cut his teeth working with the University of Wyoming Extension service beginning in 2001. Dallas started teaching the Ranching For Profit School in 2012 and quickly established himself as an elite instructor. Dallas, his wife Dixie, and their two teenage kids own and manage a cell-grazing operation near Wheatland, WY. In 2019 he purchased Ranch Management Consultants from Dave and Kathy Pratt. Dallas currently serves as CEO of RMC leading the Ranching For Profit School and the Executive Link Program creating profitable businesses, with healthy land and happy families.

domenicvDomenic Varricchio – Domenic was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio and therefore is a die-hard Browns and Indians fan. He graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelors of Science in Economics. Domenic spent the last 6 1/2 years trading grains and livestock in Garden City, KS. His specialization in cattle markets is a direct result of living in the heart of beef country. Domenic joined the Roach Ag team to bring Roach Ag’s data-driven approach to hog and livestock marketing and hedging.  Whether you need one on one help with your grain or cattle marketing or just want to talk markets, Domenic is always ready to help. He can be reached at 800-622-7628

Shane EatonShane Eaton is the fourth generation on his family’s operation at Lindsey, MT. His great-grandfather homestead their ranch in 1909. From that time, they have grown and developed their multi-family operation into the widely known Eaton Charlois ranch where they manage 1500 Registered Charlois cows and 15000 commercial cows along with feeding operations in Montana and North Dakota. Shane and his wife, Tylene, live on the family ranch with their three children.

Carla SanfordCarla Sanford Carla’s background includes a B.S. in Animals Science from University of Georgia, a M.S. from Texas Tech University in Animal Science and Ph.D. from University of Florida in Bovine Reproductive Physiology. She recently joined MSU as the Beef Cattle Extension Specialist and is an Assistant Professor at MSU. Her research focuses on reproductive physiology, assisted reproductive technologies, placental function, and embryonic and fetal growth and development and beef cattle production management.

brianDr. Brian Vander Ley is an Assistant Professor and Veterinary Epidemiologist at University of Nebraska Lincoln. Brian is an Iowa State University alum where he received his DVM in 2008 and his PhD in Veterinary Microbiology and Preventative Medicine in 2012. His main tasks these days for the university include engaging in research and extension outreach activities to benefit livestock producers and veterinarians as well as veterinary student education. His primary interest is to enhance beef cattle production sustainability by improving animal health and performance at all levels of production. His research is focused on bovine respiratory disease, developmental programming, and preventative health measures in beef cattle.

Jane WoleryJane Wolery is a farm girl raised on the family farm 30 miles north of Joplin, MT. She worked for five years as a 7-12 family consumer science teacher and K-12 school counselor in Hinsdale, MT before moving to Extension in Wyoming. Since 1998, she has been serving the citizens of Teton County as a MSU Extension Educator. Jane’s home team includes her husband, Darren Beadle, and their two daughters, Darynne Delaynie and Bellamy.

MSU photo by Kelly Gorham
MSU photo by Kelly Gorham

 Marsha Goetting began her career with   Montana State University Extension in April 1977 as an assistant   professor and consumer education specialist.  As a professor and   Extension family economics specialist, Goetting has presented 1,500   workshops reaching more than 40,000 Montanans with financial   and estate planning information and authored more than 75   MontGuides. She has had an impact on citizens of this state from   budgeting and basic money management to transfers of agricultural   operations to the next generation. Goetting’s efforts have garnered     her many awards including Epsilon Sigma Phi’s Distinguished Service Award, Western Region Excellence in Extension Award and MSU President’s Excellence in Extension Award. She serves as a director for the Federal Reserve Board of Minneapolis – Helena Branch.  She has been an educator, guide and mentor, and her enthusiasm and professionalism are an inspiration. She was one of the first female faculty members in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics and has been the gold standard for her devotion to the mission of MSU Extension and the land-grant university system.

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.

Tempel_Britney_300_130211Britney Tempel manages the Chester Wipfli office and has been working as a CPA on the Hi-Line where her roots are.  Britney grew up on her family farm near Turner and continues to farm now with her husband, Matt 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.