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Montana’s Global Reach

BY WALKER MILHOAN, YPC Leadership Board

Oro y Plata

Montana’s state motto represents the riches of this great land of the north. Montana has always been well versed in the pioneering spirit and that tradition continues today. Although the jetliner has replaced the covered wagon, the adventurous nature of the states’ inhabitants is continually taking them to the far reaches of the globe in search of making the job of growing food a bit more profitable, less cumbersome, and more interesting.

The Land Down Under…

945608_10151522406397849_974608673_nIf you haven’t met a rancher from Montana, just wait around a bit and it’s likely that you just might. From Russia to Africa to Australia, Montana’s beef sector has a grasp on nearly the entire world. 

Meet Karoline Rose, founder of Collegiate Stockgrowers at Montana State University. It could be argued that Karoline was the driving force behind the Collegiate Stockgrowers movement all across the country over the last year and a half. Karoline was recently in Australia where she worked on a large beef operation and learned the ways of cattle ranching from an upside-down perspective (that’s a hemispherical joke!).

“There is nothing better than a good set of neighbors.  Rural living here is very similar to the US and I love every minute of it.  We are knees deep in calves and yesterday Pete and Donna came over and tagged calves with us for 2 hours.  The 5 of us worked extremely hard and ended up tagging about 60 calves in 4 hours.  Without their help, we wouldn’t have even driven through every paddock.

You can read more about Karoline’s adventures here.

…Up Above,

1064233_10200896252435849_796907344_oIn Russia, Amy Dellera and Jane’a Elke are helping the Stevenson Sputnik Ranch with Artificial Insemination efforts and getting a little taste of what life is like nearly 6,000 miles from the ranch gate. Russia has been a top destination for Montana’s seed stock producers, and since 2010 nearly 44 of the states’ ranchers have sold live cattle or genetics to Asia’s largest country, clearing nearly $20 million in sales.[1] If that isn’t exciting news, what is?

…and in the Middle!

1014806_10152915889065557_382700201_oOn the African front, yours truly has been to Ghana once already this summer and I will again be returning in August with my brother Trey. Both Trey and myself are undertaking Fellowships as part of Texas Christian University’s – Institute of Ranch Management in an effort to establish relations with Ghanaian businessmen, ranchers, and government officials for the purpose of building a demonstration ranch in the Lower Volta Region of coastal Ghana.

The ranch will be similar to a fully-functioning extension service here in the U.S., and local cattlemen will be able seek assistance, learn production techniques, build livestock budgets, plan grazing rotations, and much more, all through the ranches various fellows that will be attending on a yearly basis. The Institute also plans to send various industry professionals to Ghana with the purpose of providing much needed advice on things such as animal health, genetics, pest control and more.

Back to Montana

So once again, if you haven’t met someone from Montana, wait around for a while and you likely will. As you can see, Montana is representing industry players on a global front. These professionals recognize the the face of a changing global economy, and the importance that will have in the future to the ranchers at home.

 

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How did I ever…From the farm to newspapers

BY JACKSON BOLSTAD

The University of Montana, home of the Grizzlies and a far from likely place anyone ever though this farm kid would ever end up.  But, here I reside as a student and community member of UM and Missoula.

9626_150202758644_7779793_nI grew up in Bobcat country, also known as eastern Montana, surrounded by agriculture on all sides. I’ll always remember moving the wheel line irrigation, picking rock and rooting for the Bobcats.  So how did a country kid like me ever end up in the “land of the hippies”, as many back home in Northeastern Montana call it? The University of Montana’s nationally ranked journalism program brought me here.

In all its glory, the School of Journalism at the University of Montana has given me some of the greatest opportunities in my life. Surrounding me with friends, wonderful teachers and multitudes of opportunities to showcase my journalistic talents. Honestly, the place has really grown on me.

I began my term at UM in 2010 after graduating from Culbertson Public High School. Granted, moving 10 hours from home seemed like the best thing for this former high school senior, who had a bad case of senioritis.  Once here I began to realize some of the things I took for granted back home.  No more working cow, hunting, riding my horse or even just taking roadies with my friends all over the countryside.  Dedicating myself to my career as a journalist helped me to cope, at least a bit.

Journalism has been a great field for me as both a writer and a rural farm kid. Who else do you know that has more ability to talk to random old fogies than country kids? I swear I’ve met more people at coffee every morning at 6 a.m. at the local café back home, than most people have met in their entire life. At the beginning, journalism was a way for me to get off the farm, but the more I realized it, journalism was keeping me connected more than ever.

Since starting at the School of Journalism, I have remained acutely aware of many facets of agriculture and the current happenings taking place in the field. Mostly this is because journalism requires me to keep up to date on everything news, but also because agriculture is something I’m particularly familiar with.  During the summer of 2012, I was fortunate enough to work for the Williston Herald, a local paper in my area.  While there I wrote about the farmers, ranchers, and businesses that make up rural agricultural communities. That first real journalism experience really changed my outlook on where I might want to end up some day.

Most journalists will tell you that there goal is to end up at a prestigious international newspaper, such as the Wall Street Journal or the New York Times. Me, I would settle for one of those, but I think I’d rather stay connected to what I’m familiar with: agriculture, small towns and country living. It’s just the principle of it.

Some people say journalism is a dying medium, but from what I can see, rural agriculture communities will always have a want and a need for newspapers and information. I’m here to fulfill that need in the best way I can, by gaining first hand journalistic experience here at the University of Montana’s School of Journalism. By the time I graduate in a year and a half, I’ll be ready to take on any challenge and any community that will take me.  Seriously though, look me up; I’ll be desperate for a job by then.

 

 

 

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The Success of the Colleigate Stockgrowers at MSU

BY KAROLINE ROSE, Collegiate Stockgrowers at Montana State University
188637_302446563207769_258931513_nAll great things start with one simple idea…one simple idea to start a collegiate level affiliate of the Montana Stockgrowers Association. I am happy to say that one-year-old Collegiate Stockgrowers group at Montana State University has turned into something great!
Let me start at the beginning.
Last January, Jane’a Ehlke and I were approached by the Montana Stockgrowers Association staff about starting a group at the collegiate level.  We had our first meeting in the spring semester, and I am ecstatic to say that today we have over 75 paying members and an average meeting attendance of 45. This fall, we hosted a reception at Montana State during Celebrate Ag!! week, where the president of the university, Dr. Cruzado, spoke on the importance of getting involved on campus and the College of Ag. During the semester, we helped local ranchers with their brandings, had 3 guest speakers and offered many scholarships and internships to the membership.
This spring brings new and exciting times for Collegiate Stockgrowers! Our first meeting is January 30th in the Animal Bioscience building at MSU.  We are electing new officers, and planning our new road map.  A trip to the JBS packing plant and 5 Rivers feed-yard is in the works and tentatively planned for April.
664508_280683182050774_2126123567_oUltimately, there were 2 goals when Collegiate Stockgrowers was started: to bridge the gap between college-aged members and to encourage students to be active in a larger organization. While trying to complete these two goals, the futures leaders of Montana agriculture have come forward.  Our membership is made up of students with ag backgrounds and students without any ag background. We are trying to be proactive by sharing our story and learning from the older generations.  This week, a few of our members will be at an event in Helena, MT called “Calling on the Capital” where we will talk to representatives and tell them what’s important to us and our future in Montana agriculture.
I would like to offer any assistance to other students across the country who are looking at starting their own groups on their campuses or would simply like to network with our group here in Montana. The more we can get college students involved, the better the future of the beef industry will be. Think of all the time we can use to develop ourselves as leaders, learn from experienced ranchers and take in all we can!
Hope to see you all in Tampa,
Karoline Rose
@RoseCattleCo
 

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