2020 Winter Thaw Conference | Montana Land Source

2020 Winter Thaw Conference

Upcoming Event(s): 
Saturday, February 22, 2020 (All day)
Winter Thaw 2020

The 2020 Winter Thaw Conference in Billings, Montana on February 22nd, 2020 will bring together land and agriculture industry leaders and experts for a full day of presentations, workshops and area tours.

Andy Rahn from Montana Land Source will be participating in the Tips for Adding Profit to Your Ranch workshop with a presentation called "Better Understanding of Land Values.”

The event is co-hosted by Montana Farmers Union, Montana Cattlewomen, Montana Agri-Women, Montana Women Involved in Farm Economics, and the United States Cattlemen's Association in conjunction with the Montana Agriculture Trade Exposition (MATE).

Conference Agenda:

Saturday, February 22, 2020

7:00 AM: Breakfast & Welcome Remarks

7:30 AM: Women in Ranching Panel by Western Landowners Alliance

9:00 AM: Tips for Adding Profit to Your Ranch

  • Nic De Castro, LandTrust “Unlock access to private land for hunting & fishing.”
  • Andy Rahn, Montana Land Source “Better understanding of land values.”
  • Kate Vogel, North40Ag “Cover & forage crops: value in every seed along the way.”
  • Barry Ellis,Ellis Livestock “If you find yourself in a rut, better examine the rut.”

10:00 AM: Introduction to Commodity Hedging & Risk Management

  • Brett Crosby, Beef Basis “Solve today's market uncertainties.”
  • Jamey Kohake, Paragon Ag Advisors “2020 Market Outlook”
  • Tait Berlier, Ag Risk Advisors “One Goal, Many Approaches: Simplifying Risk Management”

11:30 AM: Lunch at Walker's Grill

  • Attendees hear from Cattlemen's Beef Board Member JaredBrackett about their efforts to increase value and demand for beef.

1:00 PM: Shuttle to Montana Agri-Trade Exposition (MATE) - Metra Arena 

1:30 PM: Beef Quality Assurance Livestock Handling Workshop.

  • Bill Pelton will lead his renowned livestock handling class ina classroom setting at the MATE.

4:00 PM: Shuttle departs for PAYS Livestock Auction

5:00 PM: Cattle Market Power Hour - PAYS Livestock Auction.  Leading cattle industry thought leaders debate the factorsaddressing the current cattle marketplace – and how toaddress them.

Featured speakers include:

  • USDA Under Secretary Greg Ibach
  • Kayla Sargent, Western Ag Reporter
  • Justin Tupper, Vice President,U.S. Cattlemen's Association
  • Corbitt Wall, Feeder Flash, DV Auction
  • Lee Reichmuth, Cattle Market Analyst
  • Mike Schwarck, Director, Iowa Cattlemen’s Association

7:00 PM: Live Auction Fundraiser.

  • Featured items from Big Country Genetics, Rand's Hats, Montague's Jewelers, MARS of Billings, Al's Bootery & more!

7:45 PM: Shuttle departs for The Northern Hotel