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Once again, MSU Extension Pondera County will be hosting the Master Farmer Course in Conrad on Thursday evenings from Jan. 21. until Feb. 25. Classes will be offered both online and in-person. 

Classes will start on Jan. 21 with Stephen Vantassel, vertebrate pest specialist with the Montana Department of Agriculture, discussing Richardson Ground Squirrel and pocket gopher control. Stephen’s talk will cover multiple methods of control for the pests in cropland. 

On Jan. 28, Tyler Lane, MSU Extension Agent in Chouteau County, will cover grasshopper control in cropland. 2020 was a year where we saw lots of grasshopper damage in both crop and range land, Tyler will discuss how to mitigate this damage.

Our new Western Triangle Agriculture Research Center superintendent, Dr. Justin Vetch, will join us on Feb. 4 to discuss small grain production. Dr. Vetch brings a wealth of small grain production knowledge to the Golden Triangle, and he will share some of that knowledge with Master Farmer participants.

On Feb. 11, another research center scientist, Dr. Pat Carr from the Central Agriculture Research Center, will share some pulse and oilseed production best practices. Both pulses and oilseeds are gaining popularity with producers in the Triangle, and Dr. Carr will share some information to help producers get the best production possible.

On Feb. 18, Ken Slezak from CHS Cut Bank Group, will share his grain marketing wisdom with participants. Ken’s presentation on grain marketing was a favorite last year, and we are excited to welcome him back!

Finally, the class will be rounded out with negotiation training from Ashley Kent, from MSU’s local government center, on Feb. 25. Ashley will discuss techniques that producers can use to help ensure negotiations go well for everyone involved. 

In-person classes will start at 6 PM at the Conrad Moose Lodge with dinner. In-person participation will cost $75 with online classes costing $15. Checks can be made out to Pondera County Extension. Class material will be mailed to those participating online. 

Please sign up by Jan. 15,  by calling 271-4054 or email adriane.good@montana.edu

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