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Mont. Farm Bureau Summer Conference slated for Sidney

The Montana Farm Bureau will hold its Summer Conference June 9-11 in Sidney. The theme "Energizing Our Grassroots" will highlight energy development in the Sidney area and its effect on farmers and ranchers. The Summer Conference is a time when advisory committees meet to discuss current agricultural issues and concerns and surface ideas for policy development.

On Wednesday, the keynote speakers will be Rayola Dougher, senior economic advisor for the American Petroleum Institute, who will address how we can turn present-day energy and economic challenges into future opportunities that will make our country stronger for generations to come. A lunchtime panel will feature Farm Bureau members and local business owners sharing how the energy boom has affected their farms, ranches and communities. Informational sessions will cover the latest in agricultural research, the newest developments in agricultural technology as well as having speakers on advocacy and leadership development. On Wednesday evening the Montana Farm Bureau Foundation will host its fundraising event, The Baron's Ball. Attendees will spend an enjoyable evening of stepping back in time to play a game of fun and chance and see who comes out a winner.

Wednesday's activities take place at the Richland County Fairgrounds. Thursday activities include the Montana Farm Bureau Foundation Golf Scramble as well as tours of Safflower Technologies, Rambur Charolais and the Westmoreland Coal Company.

"We're looking forward to holding our conference in the northeastern part of the state," noted MFBF President Bob Hanson. "Our summer conference is a great time for our board to meet and for our advisory committees to share any concerns they have. It's a great time for our members to hear about new concepts in ag technology while enjoying camaraderie with other Farm Bureau members."

The conference will be headquartered in the Microtel Inn in Sidney. For more information or to register for the event call (406) 587-3153 or visit http://www.mfbf.org. Call the Microtel Inn at (406) 482-9011 and request the "Montana Farm Bureau" room block for special $119 conference rate. The room block will be released MAY 24. Registration is due to the state office by June 1.

–Montana Farm Bureau