63rd Annual MGGA Convention & Trade Show

“Digging Deep: From Markets to Manganese”

 

Tuesday, Nov 27 – Thursday, Nov 29, 2018
Best Western Heritage Inn, 1700 Fox Farm Road, Great Falls, MT
Contact: Emily Robinson, Event Coordinator, 406-761-4596, erobinson@mgga.org

2018 AGENDA

 

TUESDAY, 11/27/18

8:00-5:00   MGGA Risk Academy – Managing Price Risk in Uncertain Times – Mike O’Dea, Risk Management Consultant, & Richard Jelinek, VP Global Education, INTL FCStone  (see Tues agenda here)

5:30  PARTNERSHIPS IN AG RECEPTION – everyone welcome!

3:00-7:00 Trade show exhibitor set-up

WEDNESDAY, 11/28/18

7:00  WELCOME BREAKFAST

7:15  A Conversation with MSU Wheat Breeders – MW&BC Program

8:15  The U.S. Agricultural Trade Agenda – Jason Hafemeister, Trade Counsel to the Secretary, USDA

9:00  TRADE SHOW OPENING

10:00  MGGA Committee Meetings

12:00  LUNCH

1:00  What Works, What Doesn’t, and What We Could Try – John Phipps, Commentator and former host of US Farm Report

2:00  Impact of Foliar & Soil Application of Zinc – Hikmet Budak, MSU

2:45  TRADE SHOW BREAK

3:15  Rail Transportation – Sam Sexhus, Group Vice President Ag Products, BNSF

3:45  Omega-3 Canola in Montana – Keith Horton, Senior Trial Agronomist, Cargill

4:05  Industrial Hemp – Nathan Keane, Loma area grower

4:25  Pulse Markets – Jill Streit, Owner, Chief Marketing Officer, Stricks Ag

4:45  Why should I grow Pulse Crops when the prices stink! – Charlie Cahill, Owner, Cahill Seeds

5:05  Chemical Rotations for Alternative Crops – Joel & Jeff Farkell, Centrol

5:30  TRADE SHOW RECEPTION

THURSDAY, 11/29/18

7:00  CROP INSURANCE INDUSTRY BREAKFAST

7:15  SCO: The little-known crop insurance option that has paid big for our producers – Korey Fauque, Owner/Agent, KW Insurance

8:00  State of the Industry – Lyle Benjamin, MGGA; Chris Westergard, NPGA; Chris Kolstad, MWBC; Brion Torgerson, Torgerson’s; Lochiel Edwards, moderator

8:45  TRADE SHOW BREAK

9:45  Where do we stand with the Farm Bill and how does the trade environment factor in? – Josh Tonsager, Vice President of Policy and Communications, NAWG

10:30  Soil Acidity: What Have We Learned – Rick Engel, Professor, Soil Nutrient Management and Cycling, MSU

11:00  Saline Soil and Water – Who’s in Control? – Jane Holzer, Program Director, Montana Salinity Control Association

11:30  LUNCH

12:00  A Perspective on the Economic Future of Agriculture – Brian Cavey, Senior Vice President Government Affairs at CoBank

1:00  R&D Tax Credit & Other Ag Tax Issues – Valerie Fedie, Partner, & Kendra Goodman, CPA, Wipfli

1:45  CoAXium Wheat System driven by Aggressor herbicide: Providing growers with a new tool for tough to control winter annual grasses – Chad Shelton, Director, Global Proprietary Projects, Albaugh

2:10  Montana Ag Experiment Station and the Department of Research’s Update – Darrin Boss, Department Head, Dept of Research Centers, MSU

2:35  2019 State Legislature Preview – Cort Jensen, Attorney, Montana Department of Agriculture

3:00  TRADE SHOW BREAK

3:30  MGGA Resolutions

5:30  MSU RECEPTION

6:30  MGGA PRESIDENT’S BANQUET

8:30  President’s Reception