Montana’s Next Generation conference scheduled for January 26-27 in Shelby


By Kari Lewis, Glacier Co. Extension Agent

via Cut Bank Pioneer Press (MT) - Dec 27, 2017


Registration is now open for Montana’s Next Generation Conference, which will take place Jan. 26-27 in Shelby. The conference will feature sessions on business planning for the farm or ranch and production workshops.


The conference begins at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 26, at the Shelby Civic Center, located at 669 Park Ave. The day’s events will begin with family farm coach Elaine Froese, a family farmer from Manitoba, Canada. Froese will discuss “Your Farm, Your Family, Your Choice,” a talk designed for farmers and ranchers of all generations. Froese will speak about how to keep communication lines open in day-to-day family-business operations, manage a successful multigenerational operation and share what has worked on individual family farms.


“Like many producers, I have multiple roles in my southwestern Manitoba seed farm,” Froese said. “I am a farm family coach, owner of a farm business, spouse to the farm manager, mother to the successor and a mother-in-law, and I need to maintain harmony and a connection to my team in all those roles.”


Froese will offer a free copy of her latest book, “Building Your Farm Legacy,” for all early bird registrations. The book covers relationships, communication, teams and operations, planning, succession and healthy habits.


Friday evening will include a trade show, keynote speaker, a roast beef dinner and time for networking with neighbors, sponsors and industry professionals.


Amanda Radke, the evening’s speaker, is a fifth-generation family rancher, blogger and contributor to Beef magazine. As the incoming generation to her family ranch, Radke is asking a lot of the same questions producers in the middle of succession planning are asking...