We work hard for our states wheat producers. Each month we provide up-to-date information through the Montana Grain News Publication and display some key areas where MGGA leaders and staff have been working on members behalf. 


Each month we provide some key areas where MGGA leaders and staff have been working on your behalf. Here is a sampling of important issues and activities for March 2024:

  • Mitch Konen attended National Barley Improvement fly-in into Washington, D.C. (See Barley Mow on page 16)
  • EVP Vergeront joined virtually to the Montana Pulse Crop Committee quarterly board meeting. Vergeront presented on current grant for the executive of the Pulse Crop Committee and advocated for a renewal for the upcoming year.
  • EVP Vergeront met with Townsquare Media to discuss the success of the digital marketing campaign, radio ads and promotional opportunities. Vergeront also met with Northern Ag Network to discuss the 2024 radio and promotion agreement.
  • EVP Vergeront and Office Manager Severson worked with our website host and designer to launch the updated Montana Grain Growers Association website. Visit to see the update!
  • EVP Vergeront participated in an online marketing training hosted by Sarah Bohenkamp, our strategic planner.
  • EVP Vergeront and Office Manager Severson met with the Meadowlark Country Club to kick off planning for the 40th Annual Golf Tournament on June 6-7, 2024.
  • President Heilig spoke at the Heartland Seed grower meeting in Lewistown.
  • President Heilig and Treasurer Sheffels attended the March Madness: Research Review at Montana State University. Montana Grain Growers Association partnered with the Montana Grains Foundation as a cosponsor. We look forward to working with Montana Wheat and Barley Committee to carry on this event!
  • President Heilig attended the Montana Wheat and Barley Growers board meeting in Bozeman. EVP Vergeront and President Heilig gave a membership and policy update.
  • President Heilig, Vice President Lohr and EVP Vergeront attended the Ag Reception with Governor Gianforte to celebrate National Ag Day.
  • Thanks to Duchscher Kapperud Insurance, we kicked off our Grains of Wisdom educational series in Rudyard. We heard a great crop insurance updates from Karston Donovon and Melissa Kapperud and a grain update from Cole Loboy from Columbia Grain.
  • Voices of Montana joined us in Rudyard for a live radio show. President Heilig, Vice President Lohr and Treasurer Sheffels joined Tom Schutlz and chatted association business and ag policy.


The Montana Grain News is the monthly magazine publication of the Montana Grain Growers Association.

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