Registration open for annual Young Ag Leadership Conference

Sep 4, 2009
by WLJ
Registration open for annual Young Ag Leadership Conference

Register now for the 2009 Young Ag Leadership Conference (YALC) Oct. 2-4 at the Red Lion Colonial Inn in Helena, MT. This unique conference—a partnership between eight of Montana’s primary agricultural groups—allows young producers from throughout the state to come together across organization and commodity lines for hands-on workshops, discussion groups and networking.

The conference is designed for anyone ages 18-40 who is involved with or concerned about Montana’s agricultural industry. Conference hosts include Montana Cattlemen’s Association, Montana 4-H Foundation, Montana Farm Bureau Federation, Montana FFA Foundation, Montana Grain Growers Association, Montana State University (MSU) College of Agriculture, Montana Stockgrowers Association, and the Montana Wool Growers Association.

“This conference is a great opportunity to showcase agricultural groups in Montana working toward the same goal of developing the industry’s next generation of leaders,” said Peter Taylor, YALC planning committee chair. “We hope attendees walk away with a greater understanding of how important it is to get involved—for their industry and their future.”

The conference begins Friday, Oct. 2, with registration beginning at 4 p.m. at the Red Lion, followed by a social, dinner and dance at the Kleffner Ranch just outside of Helena. Saturday will offer participants a selection of six different workshops featuring guest presenters from the University of Wyoming, the National Carbon Offset Coalition, MSU Extension, and professional speaker Bob Treadway, along with other state and national businesses and organizations.

Workshop topics include estate planning, beginning producer lending options, wind energy opportunities for landowners, climate change, and leadership development, to name a few. In addition, discussion groups led by organizational staff plus leadership from Montana’s legislature, agribusiness and congressional offices will allow attendees to ask the tough questions about issues facing their industry. Dinner and entertainment will round out Saturday’s events. Attendees are in for a real treat on Sunday morning as Bruce Vincent, a Libby, MT, native and Provider Pals founder, will wrap up the conference with a can’t-miss keynote on the importance of being a part of the vision for agriculture’s future.

Cost of registration for YALC is only $25, with all meals provided. The registration deadline is Sept. 25. To register for YALC, go to or contact Sue Ann Streufert at 406/587-3153 or sueanns@ to receive a registration form. — WLJ