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CONFERENCE OFFERS DIVERSE LINEUP OF SPEAKERS FOR YOUNG PRODUCERS The average age of the farmer is 59 years-old. Given this fact, it’s more important than ever to support the next generation whether they are taking over the family farm or are starting from the ground up. Montana Farmers Union strives to support the next generation through conferences like the Young Producer Conference. This event is held in a different location each year. This year it took place at the Best Western Plus in Havre. The conference offered young producers the opportunity to gain and share knowledge on a variety of topics including financing, how to buy the right equipment, soil health, current farm practices, social media marketing, ag technology and a tour of the MSU Northern Research Center.
Jeremy and Bobby Morse from Havre attended the conference unsure of what to expect, but with high hopes of learning the latest in farm practices and technology. Although Jeremy comes from a farming background, he is esentially starting a new career after working for the railroad for 20 years. An injury caused an early retirement from the railroad. Now he is working alongside his uncles on the family farm and doing everything he can to get up to speed on current farming practices and how to adapt to a completely different lifestyle with his wife Bobby and three children.
make decisions, to now knowing that the decisions I make today can have a lasting impact on the farm for years to come,” said Jeremy. “Education opportunities like this conference are very important to take advantage of.”
“The hardest part is going from being an employee and not having to
Jeremy and his family farm small grains, spring and winter wheat. They have plans to incorporate cover crops including lentils and peas. He says catching up with the latest technology has been tough, however he is excited about what the future holds for the farm.
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