Meet Montana’s next group of agricultural leaders

Meet Montana’s next group of agricultural leaders

Source: Ravalli Republic
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BOZEMAN. Mont. – Twenty current and emerging leaders from Montana’s natural resource industries have been selected to take part in Class III of REAL Montana (Resource Education and Agriculture Leadership).Class III will begin their leadership journey on September 7, 2017 at their first seminar in Bozeman.“REAL Montana continues to strengthen its mission of building a network of informed and engaged leaders to advance the natural resource industries in Montana,” said Howard Skjervem, chairman of the REAL Montana Advisory Board and Class I graduate. “The individuals selected for Class III are a diverse group of leaders who will offer a variety of perspectives and experiences. We look forward to the next two years.”The class of 20 participants was competitively selected from a pool of highly qualified candidates, all of whom represent a variety of agriculture and natural resource industries.REAL Montana is a two-year program featuring eight in-state seminars, a weeklong national study tour in Washington D.C. and a 10-day international trip. Seminar topics include: agriculture institutions and agencies, natural resource development, public speaking/media, economics, state and federal policy, international trade, urban/rural relationships, water issues, transportation, labor and production costs, and entrepreneurship.REAL Montana is funded through a partnership with Montana State University Extension and private industry.Class III participants are:Jack Alexander, Belgrade: Range management consultant and president of Synergy Resource SolutionsBradley Cook, Helena: Certified Public Accountant, partner, and agriculture practice leader at Wipfli, LLPBonita Cremer, Melville: Owner of Sweet Grass Land & Cattle, LLCShawn Erickson, Hobson: Retail account manager with DuPont Crop ProtectionKimberly Gibbs, Miles City: Agriculture instructor at Miles Community CollegeLynda Grande, Columbus: Vice-president of Grande Ranch CompanyKaren Helfrich, Butte: Environmental engineer with Pioneer Technical ServicesKevin Kanduch, Philipsburg: Logger at Kanduch Logging, Inc.Ben Lehfeldt, Lavina: Rancher and partner in Lehfeldt RambouilletsAndy Lundquist, Dillon: Branch manager for Northwest Farm Credit ServicesBridger Mahlum, Helena: Government relations director with the Montana Chamber of CommerceRose Malisani, Cascade: Agriculture Extension agent with Montana State University ExtensionSarah Norcott, Helena: Corporate counsel for NorthWestern EnergyLexi Palagi, Great Falls: Marketing representative for Calumet Montana RefiningChristian Rohloff, Great Falls: Regional precision agriculture manager for CHSLori Shaw, Colstrip: Co-founder and director of Colstrip UnitedJillien Streit, Chester: CFO and owner of Stricks AgBrian Thompson, Helena: Associate Attorney with Browning, Kaleczyc, Berry and Hoven, PCJeff Welborn, Dillon: Owner of Stock Drive Trailer Sales and state legislatorAlysha Wilson, Ringling: Office manager at Tintina ResourcesComplete program information is available at www.realmontana.org or by contacting Janelle Booth, (406) 994-6480, janelle.booth@montana.edu.