Marias River Livestock Association

Next Generation Conference by MRLA



Plan to Succeed in Succession "A Conference for All Generations"

Montana's Next Generation Conference, January 27 and 28, 2017, in Shelby, Montana will feature one day of business planning resources for the farm or ranch, and one day of production workshops. Purchase tickets online with credit card using the form below or print the registration form and mail in.

Friday, January 27, will feature Dave Pratt of the Ranching for Profit school. Dave will give both farmers and ranchers a fresh look at their agricultural operation, to see how to make it profitable enough to pass on to the next generation.

Saturday, January 28, will provide producers with nearly 40 workshop options covering crops and livestock production, financial management, record keeping, leasing, succession planning, and much more. Saturday's workshops will provide pertinent information for both the beginning and experienced producer, and counts as FSA Borrower Training as well.

Hosted by the Glacier and Toole County Farm Service Agency, local MSU Extension, Marias River Livestock Association and the Front Range Counties Farm Bureau, this comprehensive conference of succession planning and production workshops is one not to miss.

Friday's events will be held at the Shelby Civic Center (669 Park Avenue) and Saturday's events will be at the Shelby High School (1001 Valley St.) in Shelby, MT. This convenient location is just an hour and a half from both Great Falls and Havre, and has Amtrak service as well. Located at the crossroads of Highway 2 and I-15, Shelby makes a great host site!

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Register For the Event

Register Online at TicketRiver

Registration Form & Schedule [PDF]

Price: $25 for individuals/day or
$40 for couples/day

Conference Sponsorships

Become a sponsor of the 2016 Next Generation Conference. We are in need of several levels of sponsorship.
View Sponsorship Form [PDF]




Lacy Roberts, Glacier County FSA office
(406) 873-5618 ext. 110

Kari Lewis, MSU Extension
(406) 873-2239

Printable Event Agendas

Saturday Workshop Agenda [PDF]





Next Generation Conference Workshop Agenda - Saturday, January 28, 2017
Shelby High School, 1001 Valley Street, Shelby MT 59474

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New to Montana's Next Generation Conference:

Montana’s Next Generation Conference 2017 wants to see what’s new or improved on your farm or ranch!

Do you have a handy tool or device that you've created or modified to fit the needs of your operation? Have you developed a time or labor saving technique? We want to see it!

Contest and Display Details:

  • Item can be either homemade or an improved item, that has saved your farm or ranch time, labor, or money.
  • Item needs to be set-up by 8 a.m. on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at the Shelby High School and will be displayed during the Saturday workshops of the Next Generation Conference. If item is unable to be displayed in person, a photo or poster display of the item is acceptable. Items can be removed after 5 p.m. on January 28.
  • Conference participants will vote for their favorite ‘New or Improved’ item with top vote getters determining the winners. Cash prizes will include: 1st place - $100, 2nd place - $75, 3rd place - $50
  • Registration - Please register your ‘New or Improved’ item to Kari Lewis (, or 406-873-2239) by January 23, 2017, so we can reserve a spot for your item. Please complete the 'New and Improved Registration Form,' to accompany your item. Contest is open to any farmer or rancher, please register.


Register your New or Improved Item



Lodging in Shelby

Shelby Area Chamber of Commerce: Accommodations

Discounted motel rates of $75/night are available at the Best Western Shelby Inn & Suites (406-424-4560) or the Comfort Inn (406-434-2212) at $70/night for a single room or $75/night for a double room if booked in advance of the conference.

Please mention "Montana's Next Generation Conference" for the discounted rate.


Our association believes young producers are agriculture's most important crop.
We are really concerned about getting young people the tools they need to be successful in their business.

We hope to see everyone there soaking up the great information! 
Everyone should really take advantage of the social time we have planned at the Civic Center Saturday Night. 
People need to get to know their neighbors and sometimes we just need to take the time to have fun.



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