Montana Farmers Union 98th Annual Meeting and Convention Oct 18-19

October 18-19th, 2013

Heritage Inn • Great Falls, Montana

Pre-registration is requested by October 14, 2013

Thursday, October 17, 2013

3:00 – 5:00 pm  Registration

6:00 pm MFU Board, Resolutions, ByLaws, & President’s Committee Dinner

 

Friday, October 18, 2013

7:00 am Registration

7:30 – 8:45 am FU Industries Breakfast – Duane Anderson, President & CEO

8:45  am – 9:00 Flag Ceremony – Welcome – MFU Business Meeting Opens

9:00 – 9:30  General Session:

State of MFU – President Alan Merrill

Audit Report, Beth Murphy, Loucks & Glassley

9:30 – 10:00 am ‘Retirement:  Making the Farm Work for You’

Amy Strom, V.P. – Financial Advisor, RBC Wealth Management,

Gt. Falls

Judi Crawford, V.P. – Wealth Management Consultant,

RBC, Denver

10:00 BREAK – TRADE SHOW OPENS

10:30 – Noon Montana Farmers Union Insurance Meeting

Noon – 1:30 pm Farmers Union Insurance Company Luncheon:

‘The Opportunity Ahead’

Dan Smith, CFA, V.P. – Portfolio Analyst, RBC Wealth Management, Minneapolis

1:30 – 3:00 General Session:

Agricultural Update, Ron deYong, Director, Department of Agriculture

MFU Working for You, 2013 – Video Presentation

Happenings in Transportation, Terry Whiteside, Whiteside & Associates

3:00 – 3:45 Nominations; By-Laws & Policy

3:45 – 4:15 BREAK & District Caucuses

4:15 – 5:30 Health Care Implementation Forum

Frank Cote, VP of Sales & Marketing, BCBSMT

Jerry Dworak, Chief Executive Officer, MT Health Co-Op

Christina Goe, Chief Legal Officer, MT Insurance

Commissioner’s Office

Todd Lovshin, V.P. & MT Region Director, PacificSource

Health Plans

6:00 – 8:00 Reception sponsored by MT Farmers Union Insurance

‘Agriculture is a Gamble’ Carnival to benefit Educational Programs & Scholarships

 

Saturday, October 19, 2013

7:30 – 8:30 Leadership Breakfast:

FUE Leadership Couple, Eric & Audra Bergman

8:40 – 10:00 am General Session: Credentials, Resolutions, By-Laws

9:00 – 10:30 am Election (MT Room)

10:00 – 10:30 BREAK

10:30 – noon General Session:  Resolutions, By-Laws

Noon – 1:30 pm Education Luncheon:  Dr. Glen Duff, MSU College of Agriculture

Mildred Stoltz Awards; Ralph Parker Scholarship presentation to MSU

Election results announced by committee

1:30 – 3:30 Concurrent Workshops –-

Cover Crop Cocktails & Crop Insurance.  What’s the Connection?

Jeff Schahczenski, Agriculture Policy and Funding

Research Director, NCAT

Dr. Clain Jones, Montana State University

Doug Crabtree, Vilicus Farms, Havre

-Orange Midge in MT

Dr. Bob Stougaard, NW Ag Research Center

-MT Farm to School [F2S] – Moving Local Food into Your School

Pete Kerns, MT FoodCorps, Missoula County Public Schools, Missoula

Nicki Jimenez, MT FoodCorps, Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center, Ronan

Jan Tusick, Director, Lake County Community Development Corporation’s MMMFEC

3:30 – 4:00 BREAK – Trade Show Closes

4:00 – 5:00 Final Policy Decisions

6:00 Members’ MT Food Banquet

Chandler Goule, V.P. for Government Relations,

National Farmers Union

New Officers Installed

Centennial Farm & Ranch Honors

Silent Auction to Benefit Educational Programs & Scholarships

8:00 Entertainment

 

Day Camps are held from 8:30 am – 5:30 pm Friday & Saturday for youth ages 5-12.

Vendors – 10:00 a.m. Friday through 4:00 p.m. Saturday

Register at  Montana Farmers Union.