Fergus Farm Bureau members attend MFBF summer conference

Fergus Farm Bureau members (front, from left) Debbie Bricker, Dennis Descheemaeker and Kris Descheemaeker, and (back, from left) Earl Bricker and Dave McClure enjoy a break during the Montana Farm Bureau summer conference.     Photo courtesy of Kris Descheemaeker

Fergus County Farm Bureau members Earl and Debbie Bricker, Kris and Dennis Descheemaeker and Dave McClure attended the Montana Farm Bureau summer conference meetings at Fairmont Hot Springs June 7 and 8. 

Montana Farm Bureau Federation President Hans McPherson opened the meetings with an address to a full room of attendees. McPherson stressed the importance of retaining members and asking our neighbors to become members of our organization.  

“It is the members who are the future of any organization,” McPherson said. “Wear your Farm Bureau logo clothing, be a walking billboard for Farm Bureau to keep it strong”.

The conference included keynote addresses from Sarah Brown Dirkes, American Farm Bureau, and Ben Thomas, director of Montana Department of Agriculture. Issues updates were given by Dr. Marty Zaluski, Montana state veterinarian on tuberculosis in Montana cattle, and by Thomas Boos, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks on aquatic invasive species.  

“That can’t happen here, can it?” was the title of a presentation by Paul Koehler, retired Monsanto representative. He talked about the demise of the sugar industry in Hawaii. 

Lori Shaw, Colstrip United, presented “Starting a Movement” in which she explained how her organization has gone about trying to save Colstrip Units 1 and 2. 

Twelve committees met during the summer conference to discuss upcoming issues that may need to be addressed at county annual meetings in the fall. Fergus County had representation at the Livestock, Weed, Promotion and Education committees, and the Women’s Leadership committee.  

Fergus County members ended the conference by either golfing in the Montana Farm Bureau Foundation golf scramble or going on the offered tour. Tour stops included the Lampert and Dry Cottonwood Creek ranches, Red Eye Rodeo and the Grant-Kohrs ranch where lunch was served.

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