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Farmers and ranchers in the area may be interested in some educational opportunities available to them for free that can be accessed from the comfort of home on an internet-connected device.  

On November 4 and 5 there is an Applied Reproductive Strategies in Beef Cattle FREE webinar series. Registration is required for each session.  You will find the registration information at go.beefrepro.org.  Note that the times are in Central Standard Time.  

Nov 4–Cow & Heifer Session*

All times are CST

1:00-1:45 PM: Dr. Phillipe Moriel, Univ. of Florida -Enhancing long-term growth and reproduction of heifers

2:00-2:45 PM: Dr. Reinaldo Cooke, Texas A&M -Nutritional strategies for pregnancy success

3:00-3:45 PM: Dr. Cliff Lamb, Texas A&M -Utilizing sexed semen in AI and ET programs

4:00-4:45 PM: Matt Perrier, Dalebanks Angus -Reproductive technologies that have changed the ranch

Nov 5 –Bull Session

1:00-1:45 PM: Dr. David Kenny, Teagasc-Bull development, and its impacts on sperm

2:00-2:45 PM: Dr. Zach McFarlane, Cal. Poly -Bull nutrition for a successful herd sire

3:00-3:45 PM: Dr. Tom Geary, USDA-ARS -Bull fertility: nutritional effects and new measures

4:00-4:45 PM: Dr. George Perry, Texas A&M -The ultimate value of breeding soundness evaluations

Nov 5–Veterinary Continuing Education Session *Open for all

5:15-6:00 PM: Dr. Paul Walz, Auburn Univ. -Vaccination to protect against reproductive disease

6:15-7:00 PM: Dr. Lee Jones, Univ. of Georgia -Investigating conception failures and pregnancy loss in beef cows

7:15-8:00 PM: Dr. Chance Armstrong, Louisiana State Univ. -Bull breeding soundness exam: What’s new?

Another opportunity I would like to point our ag sector to is MSU Extension’s and MSU Department of Agricultural Economics “2020: COVID’s Impact on Montana Agriculture” Conference. This year’s virtual conference will be held from 9:00 to 11:30 on November 13 as part of MSU’s Celebrate Agriculture Weekend.   The event will feature seven speakers, each discussing a difference aspect of the economic impacts of COVID-19. These topics will include labor force challenges in the food supply chain, the role of disaster and stimulus payments, the future of farm policy and a look at how agriculture and the Montana economy have changed due to COVID-19.  Registration is required for this free event.  Registration and the complete agenda are available at: https://ampc.montana.edu/fallconference/index.html

Pat Barkey, UM BBER “How COVID-19 has Transformed the Economy”

Kate Fuller, MSU DAEE “2020 Montana Ag Year in Review”

Dan Bigelow, MSU DAEE “Foreign Ownership of US Agricultural Land”

Diane Charlton, MSU DAEE “COVID-19 and Labor in the Food Supply Chain”

Eric Belasco, MSU DAEE “Where have COVID-19 Disaster Payments Gone in Montana”

George Haynes, MSU DAEE “Stimulus: Grants, Loans and More”

Vince Smith, MSU DAEE “Where is US Farm Policy Headed in 2021”

The third item I wanted to share with you is that Montana State University Extension has a website with resources for Montana ag producers centered on ag stress.  The resources are geared to farmers, ranchers, and their families and loved ones. Our goal is to provide you with the tools and resources you need to help you manage your stress and fine tune your mental health. Please use the site to discover local, state, and national resources that will help ease any burden that you, or a loved one, might be experiencing.

Caring for a farm or agri-business is hard work. Farmers and ranchers tackle the essentials of caring for and managing animals, crops, and employees every day. At the same time, ag producers often deal with work-related family dynamics, climate and seasonal issues, and financial stressors, such as changing commodity prices. MSU Extension has sought input from agricultural organizations, educators, health professionals and local Montana farmers and ranchers to identify the specific situations causing stress, and put together a set of tools to help our Montana agricultural community better manage and cope with the stressors they might be experiencing. You can also use a “contact an expert” form on the website to find telehealth counseling.

If you need more details or registration links sent to your inbox, contact the MSU Extension Office in Teton County at teton@montana.edu.  

And, of course, we are celebrating 4-H the month of October.  Some of our youngest farmers and ranchers are 4-H youth.  4-H is preparing young people to meet global needs, including hunger, sustainable livelihoods, and food security.  The 4-H program trains youth to meet the world’s needs, including those involved with agriculture.