Ranchers and allied industry members took a little time off this week to travel to Billings to support the Montana Stockgrowers Foundation and golf in their 9th annual T-Bone Classic tournament. There was a great turnout at the event, that this year moved from Big Sky to the Briarwood Golf Course in Billings. Thirty-three teams competed in the tournament, over a third more than last year.
A lot of fun was had at the T-Bone Classic and those that came got to enjoy some of the biggest T-bone steaks around, provided by Montana Stockgrowers President Fred Wacker. But the event is about more than golfing and networking. It’s also an important fundraising effort for the Montana Stockgrowers Foundation. The funds raised go to support programs that are focused on promoting the future of Montana ranching through education, leadership and conservation.
Northern Ag Network’s Colter Brown caught up with Gary Adams, the Vice-Chairman of the Foundation to talk about the work that the foundation does on behalf of the ranching industry.
The Foundation places a lot of focus on helping young producers and supporting the next generation by offering educational programs, academic scholarships and providing leadership opportunities. The Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization established to ensure the future of Montana’s cattle industry through producer and public education, and promotion of MSGA programs. Seven volunteer trustees, and one representative from the MSGA Board of Directors, are appointed by the MSGA Board of Directors to oversee the foundation.
Programs supported by the Foundation include: the Montana Environmental Stewardship Program Award, Montana Range Days, MSGA Educational Heritage Scholarship, MSGA Mid-Year Education and Ranch Tour, the “Telling the Story of Montana Family Ranching” and book series, the Young Ag Leadership Conference, the Young Ag Couples Conference and the Young Stockgrowers’ Legislative Conference.
Other support includes internship opportunities in Washington D.C. and travel expense reimbursement for college students to visit other sectors of the beef industry.