Stockgrowers To Celebrate 140 Years At Meeting

The Montana Stockgrowers Association (MSGA) invites ranchers to attend the 140th MidYear Meeting slated for May 28-30, in Miles City at the Custer County Event Center.

The MidYear Meeting is one of two meetings held by MSGA to set policy that guides the Association through the year. While the main focus of the meeting is for the setting of interim policy, the meeting is also used as a networking opportunity for MSGA members and Montana’s livestock industry. 

This year, attendees will be the first to see results from MSGA’s Producer Profitability Initiative listening sessions. Learn what ranchers are saying across Montana regarding the challenges they are facing and ideas attendees have shared to make their businesses more profitable. MSGA will also be sharing priorities and action items that have been developed based on listening session feedback.

An update will be provided by the 2024 NCBA President, Mark Eisele, on the federal work NCBA is doing on behalf of ranch families. Eisele, who ranches in Wyoming, knows first hand the challenges that ranchers in the western United States face. He will recap the work NCBA is doing on endangered species, federal land management, and the farm bill.

As part of MSGA’s exclusive member benefit, the MSGA Ranch Weather Radar, Meteorologist Brian Bledsoe will present weather modeling and forecasting for the upcoming summer season and beyond.  

To help celebrate the rich history and 140th anniversary of MSGA, Amorette Allison, a local Miles City historian, will provide an oral history of MSGA and its birthplace on Thursday morning during the Coffee Talks session. 

The Montana Stockgrowers Foundation (MSF) invites MidYear attendees and the Miles City community to attend their annual fundraiser, the Sunset Banquet on Wednesday, May 29. The event brings together livestock industry professionals and the local community for a night of entertainment and fundraising to support MSF’s mission of investing in Montana’s ranching communities through education, leadership, and conservation.  

Sunset Banquet tickets are available to the public and can be purchased with a MidYear Meeting registration or separately through the online registration platform. Tickets include dinner, live music by Kyle Shobe and the Walk ‘Em Boys, games, and a silent and live auction. 

The Fort Keogh Livestock and Range Research Lab will also be celebrating its 100th anniversary at the end of MSGA’s MidYear Meeting. Attendees are invited to join the centennial celebration which includes field tours and a celebration banquet on May 30. MidYear attendees can register online for these events at no additional cost. 

Registration is now open online at Pre-registration is encouraged. On-site registration will be available at the event. 

For more information about MSGA’s 2024 MidYear Meeting, contact MSGA’s office at 406-442-3420 or visit


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