Thursday, January 26, 2023

YALC Scheduled for October in Great Falls!


The following is a press release from the Montana Farm Bureau Federation:

HILGER—Mark your calendar! Montana’s ninth annual Young Ag Leadership Conference (YALC) has been set for October 5-7 and is taking place at the Holiday Inn in Great Falls. Young agriculturalists aged 18-40 are invited to attend this one-of-a-kind conference, where leadership development, education and networking is the main focus of the agenda.

People from all sectors of agriculture are encouraged to attend this important event. Whether you are an ag producer, ag lender, college student or are involved in other areas of the industry, everyone is welcome. 

“The YALC offers one of the best educational platforms available for young people in Montana agriculture today. Not only are the workshops and discussion groups great learning tools for our future leaders but it’s a unique opportunity to meet other young people who share the same passion—agriculture,” says Jeannie Olmstead Rude, chairman of the 2012 YALC committee. “Every attendee has different needs so we work hard to provide a wide variety of topics and issues in our program.”

Participants will be offered workshops on cattle, grain and pulse crop profitability, communication between consumers and producers, the ins and outs of leasing ag land, leadership development and more. Exciting keynote speakers and entertainment will be on the agenda as will the ever-popular discussion groups, moderated by leading industry experts on both the state and national levels. Networking opportunities will abound during this weekend-long conference.

The planning committee for the event consists of one young member from each of the eight organizations, which include the Montana 4-H Foundation, Montana Cattlemen’s Association, Montana Grain Growers Association, Montana Farm Bureau Federation, Montana FFA Foundation, Montana State University College of Agriculture, Montana Stockgrowers Association and Montana Farmer’s Union.

“By crossing organization and commodity lines, young agriculturists have a unique opportunity for interaction that they might not experience in other venues,” adds Karli Clark, YALC committee member from Bozeman. “I encourage everyone to plan now to attend; it is an experience you don’t want to miss.” 

For more information on the 2012 Young Ag Leadership Conference contact Mariah Baumann Shammel at (406) 462-5639 or

Source:  Montana Farm Bureau Federation

Posted by Haylie Shipp


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