Registration now open for the 7th Annual YAL Conference

News
Sep 10, 2010
by WLJ

Register now for the 2010 Young Ag Leadership Conference (YALC) Oct. 1-3 at the Rock Creek Resort in Red Lodge, MT. This unique conference—a partnership between seven 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 College of Agriculture, and the Montana Stockgrowers 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 Todd Smith, 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. 1 with registration starting at 4 p.m. at the Rock Creek Resort,

followed by a social, dinner and entertainment. Saturday will offer participants a selection of six different workshops, featuring presenters from Cattle-Fax, the Center for Ag & Rural Banking, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the University of Nebraska and more. Workshops will include topics such as using social media to tell agriculture’s story, family communications/ estate planning, a cattle industry outlook, utilizing “precision agriculture” technology, and tracking the activist, to name a few. In addition, discussion groups led by organizational staff, state leaders and congressional offices’ representatives will allow attendees to ask the tough questions about issues facing their industry. Dinner, entertainment by hypnotist Dr. Al Snyder, and live music at the Bear Creek Saloon will round out Saturday’s events. Attendees are in for a real treat on Sunday morning as nationally known speaker Trent Loos will wrap up the conference with a can’tmiss keynote on the importance of being a champion for agriculture.

Cost of registration for the YALC is only $25, with all meals provided. The registration deadline is Sept. 24. To register, go to www.mfbf.org or contact Sue Ann Streufert at 406/587-3153 or sueanns@ mfbf.org to receive a registration form. — WLJ

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