The Marias River Livestock Association, USDA Farm Service Agency, Front Range Counties Farm Bureau, and MSU Extension Service are teaming up to host a two-day seminar to assist farmers and ranchers in preparing to pass their family businesses on to the next generation. The "Montana's Next Generation" Conderence will be held January 24-25, 2014 in Shelby. Below is the conference agenda.

If you have questions about the conference, call Lacey Roberts at the FSA office in Cut Bank at 406-873-5618.

Click HERE to download the registration form. (Link takes you to the Marias River Livestock Association's website.) Registration deadline is Friday, January 17th.

Conference Agenda

Friday, January 24th - Coyote Club and Events Center - 137 Main St. Shelby, MT
1:00 - 5:00 pm "Succession Solutions for Farm Families"
workshops with Kevin Spafford
5:00 - 6:30 pm No host social followed by Roast Beef Dinner
6:30 - 8:30 pm Introductory Address - Curry Family, Valier MT
Discussion Panel
Mediated by Kevin Spafford with area succession planning experts including:

  • Joel Schumacher, MSU Extension Specialist in Estate Planning
  • Dave Rindal, Investment Broker at First State Bank
  • Erik Nelson, Loan Officer at First State Bank
  • Kurt Barnkoff, Accountant, Galusha Higgins and Galusha
  • Bob Hermance, Toole County FSA
  • Brian Lee, Attorney, Lee Law Office
  • Brett Keaster – Insurance Topics
  • Eric Torgerson and Curry Family - Local Producers and Business Owners
Saturday, January 25th - Shelby High School Auditorium
9:00 - 12:00 pm


  • Financial Recordkeeping
  • Estate Planning
  • Utilizing your CPA
  • Heifer Development
  • Crop Insurance
  • Predator Control
  • Verified Beef
  • Beginning Farm Works
  • Precision Ag
  • Updates in the seed industry
12:00 - 12:30 pm Lunch
12:30 pm - 5:00 pm


  • Cattle Nutrition
  • Herd Health Management
  • Livestock Marketing
  • EPDs and Industry changes
  • Beef Cattle Rumen Health
  • Getting the most out of your fertilizer dollars
  • Crop Scouting, Grain Marketing
  • FSA and NRCS program changes
  • Advanced Farm Works
  • Producer Topics Discussion Panel
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm Taco Bar Dinner, Booth Fair & Live Music– Coyote Club