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A8 SIDNEY HERALD, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3, 2019 AGRICULTURE COLUMN Defining sustainable beef production BYTIM FINE Richland County Extension Agent A couple of weeks ago I mentioned the Montana Nutrition Conference and Live- stock Forum that will be held in Boze- man April 15th and 16th. When I say that I mentioned it, I be- lieve that is about all that I did, mention that it was happen- ing, because I did not have all of the de- tails of the program at the time. Now I do though, so I would like to share those details with you be- cause if you are a livestock producer or somehow involved in the livestock indus- try, this conference consistently provides great information that will be applica- ble to you. The annual Mon- tana Nutrition Con- ference and Live- stock Forum is a joint effort put on by the MSU animal and range science depart- ment and the Mon- tana Feed Associa- tion. This conference aims to bring the best and brightest to Bozeman to provide the most current in- formation to produc- ers and others in the livestock industry about a particular theme or subject. The theme for this the 2019 conference is "Defining Sustain- able Beef Production" and I can assure you that trying to define what is sustainable in any i dustry is not an easy thing to do. But that is what the organizers have charged themselves with doing and here is the program they have put together to try and do so. The conference will start with regis- tration from 11:00 to 12:30 on Monday. At 1:00, Dr. Kim Stack- house who is the di- rector of sustainabil- ity for JB Swift, will kick off the program with a look at what exactly sustainabil- ity is and what it means to the beef industry. At 1:50 Lane Nordlund from Nordlund Commu- nications will talk about agriculture and social media and how the two can com- plement each other. After a short break, at 3:00, Dr. Pat Carr from the MSU Cen- tral Ag Research Center will talk about growing, har- vesting, and feeding grain forages. Mon- day's portion of the program will wrap up with current re- search that is being conducted in regards to net wrap by Dr. Ligia Prezotto from the MSU Northern Research Extension Center. A social and ban- quet always ends the first day of the con- ference and the tra- dition will continue this year. Featured entertainment for the banquet will be Trent Loos. I cannot think of a better per- son to have highlight a conference whose focus is on sustain- ability and agricul- ture. Mr. Loos does a radio program and various social media posts general- ly focused on agricul- ture production and how that meshes (or doesn't mesh as the case may be) with so- ciety in general. On Tuesday, the program will start back up at 8:00 AM with a look at beef cow efficiency and sustainability on rangeland by Dr. Jim Sprinkle with the University of Idaho. That will be followed by a talk on feedlot sustainability by Dr. Randall Raymond from Simplot. Then at 10:00, attendees will learn about sup- plement impacts on grazing distribution and utilization from MSU's own Sam Wyffels, and the pro- gram will end with an update on the beef trade demand both nationally and internationally. You must register to attend and regis- tration ends April 5th. There are var- ious levels/days/ meals that a person can register for so prices vary. But full registration for both days with the Mon- day evening meal in- cluded is $175. To see all of the registration options and to pay, go to https://www.mon- I hope to see you there and as always, should you have ques- tions you are welcome to contact me at 433- 1206 or send an email to timothy.fine@mon- (406) 433-2277 615 Cambrian Lane (Hwy 16NW) Sidney, MT Skilled.Nursing TermUfe FuneralExpenses Cancer oaUniversalLife ----- gShortTerrnDisability WholeLife"r 309 2rid St NW, Sidney, MT 59270 ~ FREE checking with Rewards! KASASA CASH 201 West Holly St Sidney. 482-2704.24 HOUR ATM Www, MCA PROJECT As climate change continues to influence Montana range- lands, crops and livestock, as well as pollinators, diseases, pests and weeds, scientists con- tinue to look for ways farmers, ranchers and land managers can adapt to those changes. Dr. Bruce Maxwell, director of the Montana State University's In- stitute on Ecosystems, will be discussing some of those op- tions at a special BrownBag- ger this Friday, April 5, at the USDA- Agricultural Research Service's Northern Plains Ag- ricultural Research Laboratory (NPARL) in Sidney. Describing his upcoming pre- sentation, Dr. Maxwell said. he will be giving a talk "centered on agricultural adaptation to climate change and the import- ant lessons learned from ecol- ogy about site-specific knowl- edge, monitoring and adaptive management." His presentation begins at noon at the Sidney ARS lab, located at 1500 N. Cen- tral Avenue in Sidney. Climate change and adapta- tion are topics of particular in- terest to Dr. Maxwell, who, in addition to his leadership of the IOE, is also Professor of Applied Plant Ecology/Agroecology in the Land Resources and Envi- ronmental Sciences department at Montana State University - Bozeman. His current research is looking at how changes in cli- mate, crop price and input man- agement may interact to drive agroecosystems over sustain- ability thresholds, as well as studying variables influencing the rate of plant invasions. He is also the recipient of several na- tional teaching awards. As part of his duties at the IOE, Dr. Maxwell helped orga- SUBMITTED PHOTO Bruce Maxwell will talk about agri- culture adaptations due to climate change. nize the Montana Climate As- sessment (MCA) project, devel- oped to assess the state's climate to describe past and future cli- mate trends that affect different sectors of the State's economy. The first assessment, released in September 2017, focuses on climate issues that affect agri- culture, forests, and water re- sources in Montana. The Agriculture chapter of that report which, in addition to more general information on climate influences, also ana- lyzes climate change effects for some specific commodity crops in Montana including spring and winter wheat, corn, sugar beets, potatoes and organic grains. According to the re- port, attention is paid to the un- certainties around identifying and predicting climate change effects on agriculture, but also that "no Montana producer is guaranteed the status quo -- change is happening, even if we cannot yet unravel all its com- ponents." To access the full 2017 MCA report in addition to vid- A new climate report is out. cos, related news, and outreach events, please visit http://mon- The MCA project involves uni- versity researchers, decision makers, and other stakeholders with the goal of providing time- ly and relevant information for the citizens of the State. The 2017 Montana Climate Assess- ment report was developed with support from university faculty and students, state and federal agency researchers, non-profit organizations, resource manag- ers, and the public. NPARL invites all interest- ed persons to join us for what promises to be a very infor- mative discussion this Friday, Apr 5, beginning at noon. Bring your lunch; we'll provide the dessert! This is the last NPARL Brown- Bagger for 2019. For questions or more information, contact Beth Redlin at 406-433-9427 or beth. redlin AGRICULTURE Mixed trading for wheat markets Wheat markets traded mixed with Chica- go pushing higher while the higher quality wheats declined. Feed wheatdemand in- creased over the past few weeks as flooding across much of the eastern central plains. and western Midwest restricted transporta- tion of corn into major cattle feeding areas. World prices have been under pressure on aggressive selling by the EU and the Black Sea region Corn was higher on Chinese purchases and on likely planting delays due to the flooding. Soybeans weakened on the likelihood that lost corn acres would shift to soybeans, and on disappointment that China hadn't pur- chased more US beans. The cattle complex was mixed follow- ing very active trading. A surge higher for both live cattle and feeders quickly ran out of steam, with prices falling back to where the surge started. Cash fed cattle led the way higher into mid-March on extreme weather, but prices have since backed down. Feeders saw strong producer demand for grazing, al- though prices were tempered following the cattle-on-feed report that showed February placements much bigger than expected, re- ducing the expected demand for March placements. Crude oil was stronger as US economic ac- tivity continues to be robust. The Dow moved steadily higher despite concerns over a glob- al slowdown, which has supported foreign investment, and in turn, supported the US dollar. CONSERVATION MontanaFocused Conservation What does that mean for Richland County? The Natural Re- source Conserva- tion Service (NRCS) is changing the way they allocate funding for conservation work in the state of Mon- tana and in Richland County. To determine the natural resource concerns in Richland County we need your help identifying the top resource concerns. A Local Working Group Meeting will be held at'3:30 p.m. on April 11 in the meet- ing room at MSU Ex- tension Office. Mon- tana Focused Conser- vation (MFC), County Long range Plans (LRP) and Targeted Implementation Plans (TIP) will determine how and where EQIP funding is allocated in the future. Richland County ag- ricultural landowners, local, state and feder- al agency personnel will set the priorities of natural resource concerns. Working together we will be able to strategically address our resource concerns. By clearly defining our resources concerns, developing a plan to address the concern, projecting a timeline and the fund- ing needs to achieve the goal of Montana Focused Conservation. If you have natural resource concerns you feel need to be ad- dressed, please join us. Local Working Group Meeting Thurs- day, April 11, 2019 at 3:30 pm in the meet- ing room of the MSU Extension building at 1499 North Cen- tral Avenue. Sidney, MT. Questions call the Richland County Conservation District 4033-2103x3001. 2017 FORD EXPEDITION XLT #6368 Only 25,100 Miles 2015 FORD EDGE SEL #6397. Leather. Only 28,788 Miles 2018 FORD EXPLORER LIMITED #6398. Leather. Only 16,578 Miles. See Us For A Test Drive. * ,o~'::~::u 2018 FORD ESCAPE TITANIUM #6428. Leather. Only 13,326 Miles J