Guest Opinion - Central Montana Ag issues

Emily Standley



MSU Extension: Learning opportunities for local producers

As the holiday season winds down, be sure to check out the schedule of local workshops and presentations happening in our area! Many of these events are geared toward agricultural producers, but any community member is welcome to join.

• Jan. 8: Cropping Seminar, Stanford City Hall, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

This event will focus on topics such as grazing cover crops, soil fertility, effective pesticide use and partial budgeting. Pre-registration is not required.

• Jan. 11: Cattle and Forage Symposium, Ryegate Fire Hall, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

MSU Extension Staff will give presentations related to alfalfa disease management, grazing/pasture leases, grazing after fire/drought, genomic testing, and body condition during drought. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by Jan. 9.

• Jan. 25: Range Management Seminar, Eagles Grand Hall, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

The new Extension Agent, Emily Standley, will present grazing and monitoring strategies to make your pastures more resilient and help mitigate the impacts of drought and fire. Pre-registration is not required. This event is part of the Montana Winter Fair.

• Jan. 26: Farm Forum, Eagles Grand Hall, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

This year’s Farm Forum starts off with Brandon Bantz (10:30 a.m.), who will provide basic instructions for using Quickbooks to manage finances for your home, business, or farm/ranch. In the afternoon, we’ll hear from Greg Peterson (1 p.m.), member of the ag advocacy group, Peterson Farm Brothers. Greg will provide guidelines for advocating for agriculture, both online and in person, and share resources for answering the public’s questions regarding ag. There will be a free lunch provided at noon. Pre-registration is not required. This event is part of the Montana Winter Fair.

For any questions about upcoming events, please contact Emily Standley at the Fergus County Extension Office by calling 535-3919, or emailing

We’ll keep you updated on other learning opportunities as they arise. So stay warm in this winter weather, and Happy New Year.


Emily Standley is the Fergus/Petroleum County MSU Extension agent.



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