With COVID-19 cases still creating havoc for event planners, organizers for the 2021 Next Gen Conference are trying a different approach to ensure everyone has access to the great information and speakers that are shared annually. Since the conference generally brings over 200 producers from across the state to Shelby, the idea of a virtual conference was a thought to help minimize the spread across the Hi-Line communities. However, the big plus of the conference is the interaction with other producers and sharing of information so a hybrid is being planned with a virtual link option as well as “watch party” locations across the Hi-Line.
The conference is going to be over the course of three weeks in January starting on Tuesday, Jan. 12 at 6 pm and will run every Tuesday and Thursday night for two hours. Over the six sessions producers will have a chance to catch topics specific to their operation. Confirmed speakers so far include:
Jan. 12 - “Production and Financial Management Training” with Glacier County FSA FLM Lacy Roberts and Mykel Taylor, KSU Extension Economics expert who will help producers understand how to use their financial numbers to manage their operation.
Jan. 14-- Cropping Topics TBD
Jan. 19 – Overview of the current markets and developing a marketing plan with Roach Ag
Jan. 21 – Third Trimester Nutrition and Fetal Programming – Dr. Carla Sanford; Importance of Colostrum and early calf development – Dr. Brian Vander Ley
Jan. 26 – FENCES (Families Engaging Nicely in Communicating Expectations) – Jane Wolery and Dr. Marsha Goetting – Beginning Succession & Estate Planning
Jan. 28 – Legal Agreement Horror Stories with Brian Lee of Lee Law Office
The conference will also be working with the Pondera County Master Farmer class and utilizing some of their classes as options as well.
Updates will be available online at www.mtnextgen.com . Registration will be opening in November so don’t forget to save the dates!
Maggie Nutter - President
Shelby, MT 59474