Central Montanan part of REAL Montana

Twenty current and emerging leaders from Montana’s natural resource industries have been selected to take part in Class III of REAL Montana (Resource Education and Agriculture Leadership). Class III will begin their leadership journey on Sept. 7 at their first seminar in Bozeman.

Among the Class III participants is Shawn Erickson of Hobson, retail account manager with DuPont Crop Protection.

“REAL Montana continues to strengthen its mission of building a network of informed and engaged leaders to advance the natural resource industries in Montana. The individuals selected for Class III are a diverse group of leaders who will offer a variety of perspectives and experiences. We look forward to the next two years,” said Howard Skjervem, chairman of the REAL Montana Advisory Board and Class I graduate.

The class of 20 participants was competitively selected from a pool of highly qualified candidates, all of who represent a variety of agriculture and natural resource industries.

REAL Montana is a two-year program featuring eight in-state seminars, a weeklong national study tour in Washington D.C. and a 10-day international trip. Seminar topics include: agriculture institutions and agencies, natural resource development, public speaking/media, economics, state and federal policy, international trade, urban/rural relationships, water issues, transportation, labor and production costs and entrepreneurship. REAL Montana is funded through a partnership with MSU Extension and private industry.

Complete program information is available at www.realmontana.org or by contacting Janelle Booth, (406) 994-6480, janelle.booth@montana.edu. 

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