Speaker Bios

Friday Keynote: Dan Manternach

11 a.m. to noon:

The Long-Term “Big Picture” for Farmers and Ranchers – In this session I will explain how the need to feed another 2 billion people by 2050 presents both promise and peril for the world’s farmers. Those who learn to ride the changing patterns in global tastes, trade flows and technology will thrive, while those unwilling or unable to adopt data-driven management and marketing skills will struggle.

1:30 to 3 p.m.

The Vital Skills in Financial Management and Strategic Business Planning – This session will consist of three separate, but related components of approximately 30 minutes each:

  • Key Financial Ratios from your Lender’s Perspective; Addressing “Red Flags” in your numbers
  • Performance Benchmarking to assess and improve competitive status in production costs
  • Performance Benchmarking to assess and improve competitive status in price risk management

(Focus on importance of a flexible “3-Speed” Marketing plan & knowing when to “shift gears”)

3:30 – 5 p.m.

See Your Farming and Ranching Future as a “Blessing” Not a “Punishment”! – This session will remain serious and meaty, but with a more light-hearted and uplifting tone. It will have five components of about 18 min. each as follows:

  • How strategic alliances of small-to-medium farmers and ranchers can compete with “big boys”
  • How to turn being “over-equipped” and/or “underemployed” from liability to asset!
  • How parents can help get next generation established without sacrificing retirement security.
  • How to tap beginning farmer and rancher programs from USDA and Montana for capital.
  • A “SWAT” team approach to sustaining your multi-generational farm or ranch into perpetuity!

Joel Farkell owns CENTROL, LLC with his dad Jeff, which they purchased from Mountain View Coop in 2011. Joel’s previous experience includes being an Agronomy Manager for CHS, Inc. and Mountain View Co-op. He has been a Certified Crop Adviser since 2007 and is a licensed chemical applicator.  Joel is a member of the Montana Agricultural Business Association (MABA) and has served on the Board of Directors since 2008. He is currently the president of MABA.  Joel has a degree in Agricultural Business Management from Montana State University. Joel lives in Conrad with his wife Kody and their two young daughters.

Korey Fauque 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 five years.  Korey and his wife Wendy are actively involved in farming and ranching and have operated KW Insurance since 2003.

Kristen Juras: Kristen Gustafson Juras is a fourth generation Montanan who has been an attorney since 1982, specializing in agricultural, business, and tax law. Her passion is assisting farmers and ranchers with the transition of agricultural operations from one generation to the next. She has taught courses in property, tax, agricultural law, and business law at the University of Montana Law School since 2000.

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.

Kari Lewis is an MSU Animal Science graduate, where she was actively involved in numerous organizations including the livestock judging team.  She completed the Nebraska Feedyard Management internship, and received her Master’s Degree in Animal Science (Ruminant Nutrition) from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in May, 2013.  Lewis is actively involved in her family’s registered Angus operation near Kevin and County Extension Agent in Glacier County.

Lacy 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.

Lance Wilson: Lance has started his own marketing consulting company after being a market coach with Agri-Trend and working in marketing for the past six years.  Lance was raised in north central Montana, graduated from Conrad High School, and received an Agricultural Operations Technology degree from Montana State University-Northern.  Before becoming involved with Agri-Trend he was an important part of BW Futures Inc.