(Helena) – This week Governor Steve Bullock has submitted the name of long-time livestock leader Nina Baucus of Wolf Creek, to the Montana Senate for confirmation as a member of the Board of Livestock.
On Tuesday, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Taylor Brown moved immediately to introduce Senate Resolution 26 which starts the process of Senate Confirmation to concur with the Governor’s appointment.
“The Governor has made an excellent choice in Nina Baucus”, said Senator Brown, “and we have already scheduled a formal Confirmation Hearing at our very next Senate Ag Committee meeting on March 5th.”
[EasyDNNGallery|1238|Width|300|Height|300|position|left|resizecrop|False|lightbox|False|title|False|description|False|redirection|False|LinkText||]Nina Baucus grew up on a small family farm at Austin, Montana, a small railroad town west of Helena. Following college at Multnomah College in Portland, Oregon and Montana State University she married John F. Baucus in 1973 and they settled on the family cattle and sheep ranch north of Helena. There they raised three children – John H., Laura, and Phillip (whom they lost during his second deployment with the Marine Corps in Iraq).
After taking over management of ranch operations from John’s father, in 1998 John and Nina purchased all outstanding shares from other family members and became sole owners of the Sieben Ranch. Their son John, who represents the 5th generation on the ranch, is now assuming management.
Nina Baucus has been involved in every aspect of the livestock production activities on the family ranch; from calving and lambing, to marketing of livestock, timber and hay; and from working with Wildlife Services protecting their livestock from predators; to working with the State Veterinarian and the Diagnostic Lab to address animal health issues with their livestock.
Involvement in agriculture for Nina Baucus has meant 4-H, Ag in Montana Schools, the Governor's Advisory Council on Private Lands and Public Wildlife, serving on the Executive Board of the American Sheep Industry Association, member of the ASI Legislative Action Council and the National Advisory Council for Wildlife Services.
[EasyDNNGallery|1240|Width|300|Height|300|position|left|resizecrop|False|lightbox|False|title|True|description|False|redirection|False|LinkText||]The John and Nina Baucus family has placed a conservation easement on part of their Sieben Ranch and participated in Montana's Undaunted Stewardship program. They are members of the Montana Stockgrowers Association, Montana Wool Growers Association, and Montana Forest Owners Association, and have hosted many groups and organizations on the Sieben Ranch. Each fall the ranch is open to the public for the big game hunting season; and for many years the Montana National Guard and other military personnel from across the nation have used the ranch year-round as a military training ground.
Nina Baucus’s appointment is to a term ending March 1, 2017, as she will fill a position on the seven-member Board of Livestock that was recently vacated by the resignation of Linda Nielsen, of Nashua.
Northern Ag Network 2015