Upcoming Events

RSA Banquet Invitation

Welcome! Ranchers Stewardship Alliance Annual Banquet

Whether you've attended an educational event like the Nicole Masters' Soil Health Tour, the Graziers' Gathering, a Rural Resilience webinar or the Ranch Stewards Book Club, made tangible grazing or conservation improvements on your ranch in partnership with RSA, provided the support necessary to make these education, ranching and conservation efforts happen, or are just curious about who the Ranchers Stewardship Alliance is and how we can build stronger communities together... you're invited to celebrate at the 2022 Ranchers Stewardship Alliance Annual Banquet!

Warm up with a catered beef dinner by Smokin' Bar Ox, kick back with our community of friends and friends-to-be, catch the first glimpse of our latest film debut, learn how RSA, local landowners, and our partners have together successfully invested more than $2.1 million into our local communities this year, and be encouraged by the story of our keynote speaker, James Rogers, former manager of the Winecup-Gamble Ranch and partner in Northway Ranch Services.

See you at 5 p.m., Friday, Jan. 14, 2022 at the Lucky Bullet basement in Malta, Montana.

An RSVP is requested for meal planning, but not required.
Let us know you'll be coming here. 

New 2022 Rural Resilience webinar series

Hosted at 7 p.m., on the third Thursday of each month, starting January 2022

Growing our ranching and rural community’s financial, ecological, and social resilience with expert speakers on soil health, ranch finances, grazing innovations and more. Registration for one session or the whole series is now open here.

7 p.m., Thursday, January 20 | Building Resilient Relationships for Ranching with Wally Olson

Wally Olson

Wally Olson

Wally Olson believes it’s not the prices or the rainfall that will determine you and your ranch’s success, but relationships and how you react to them.

Wally’s career has ranged from hauling hay and cleaning stalls to ranch manger and then owner and everything in between.

He graduated from Kansas State University and turned to custom haying in the ag credit crisis of the 1980s. Later, in working at the Kelley Ranch near Vinita, Oklahoma, he experienced owners of the ranch who were businesspeople and ran the ranch as a business. While working on the ranch, his emphasis changed from the animals to the land. Increasing the production from the land and harvesting it with the animals at a profit was job one.

One of the big benefits of working on the Kelley ranch was a continuing education budget. With these education opportunities, Wally came to know Bud and Eunice Williams. He started out with the Stockmanship and then moved to Bud's marketing. Marketing is a very powerful tool that can make a great advantage for somebody that will use it.

Wally later leased the Kelley Ranch, where he was able to put Bud's marketing to work and learn how to implement it. Today, he teaches livestock marketing schools to nation-wide audiences. For more information, visit www.olsonranchllc.com, or Wally’s other ranch learning web-site, www.ranching.fyi.   

Details on future Rural Resilience webinars still to come, but save the dates and look forward to sessions to include:

  • 7 p.m., Thursday, February 17 | Advanced mapping technology for advanced grazing management with Brady Allred and Bill Milton
  • 7 p.m., Thursday, March 17 | Behavior-based livestock management with Fred Provenza
  • 7 p.m., Thursday, April 21 | Reviving and restoring desert landscapes with livestock with Allen Williams and Alejandro Carrillo

LAND & LEGACIES

Tools to navigate transitions and transfers while honoring your family's agricultural heritage

Farmers National Company says 70 percent of farmland will transfer ownership over the next 20 years. The transfers will occur by sale, will, trust beneficiary or gifts, according to the company. The company says some of the sales will be from farmers and ranchers retiring, while the rest will probably be inheritors deciding to sell the land asset. Finally, the company says the next generation of landowners will typically be more removed from the farm or ranch and will be seeking information and guidance from various sources for making decisions.

These series of two, one-day workshops in Malta and Glasgow will focus on tools to help ranch transitions and transfers to preserve agricultural land and legacies in North-Central Montana. The events will be guided by Elaine Froese (pronounced ‘phrase’), a certified professional speaker, certified coach, and author. She’s a go-to expert for farm and ranch families who want better communication and conflict resolution to secure a successful farm transition. 

As a farmer and mother to the successor of their farm, she understands the culture of agriculture intimately. 

Her superpower is helping families find harmony through understanding.

Her expertise is to discuss what she calls the Undiscussabull™ - the bull in the middle of the farm family that no one wants to talk about.

She’s on a mission to guide farm and ranch families, across North America, to get unstuck, communicate better, find harmony through understanding, and secure a profitable agricultural legacy. Elaine’s goal is for everyone to be rich in relationships.

Visit www.elainefroese.com to learn more and register today!

Ranch Stewards Book Club

Ranch Stewards Book Club is BACK!

Featuring Nourishment by Fred Provenza, our second Ranch Stewards Book Club will convene for its first discussion at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 16. We'll meet four times, on the third Tuesday evening of each month. 

The first 20 people who sign up for the Ranch Stewards Book Club by Thursday, Oct. 7 will get a free copy of the book, compliments of RSA. Find more details, the reading schedule, and register to participate here.

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Past sessions & recordings from the Rural Resilience series:

ShayLe Stewart, DTN

ShayLe Stewart, DTN Livestock Marketing Analysist

Re-Stocking After a Drought, with DTN Livestock Market Analysis ShayLe Stewart

As of mid-September 2021, every county in Montana was designated under drought conditions, with 98.7% under severe or higher conditions. More than 20% of the state is considered in an exceptional drought. Ranchers are making hard adjustments in response -- but what's on the other side of a drought?

DTN Livestock Market Analysist ShayLe Stewart will lead us through a series of considerations to help bring us back into economic and ecologic health after the drought. She'll examine market conditions and livestock classification options for re-stocking and discuss feeding forecasts.

View the recording of ShayLe Stewart's live presentation and the following Q&A here. 

The Red Solo Cup Cow with Steve Campbell or Tailor Made Cattle. 

The Red Solo Cup Cow describes how glandular/hormonal function, phenotype and butterfat indicators can be used to select the cows that will work best in your environment. And on a year like this long, hot, dry summer... which cows that should be sold first.

View the recording of Steve Campbell's live presentation and the following Q&A here. 

Ranching for a resilient future: virtual fencing for land, livestock and landscape health with Leo Barthelmess, Barthelmess Ranch and Todd Parker, Vence Inc.

Virtual fences represent an exciting new technology at the forefront of future range management. The collars use solar power and satellite positioning technology to contain livestock without the need for a physical barrier. The distribution of the collared livestock can be carefully and precisely controlled via software interface: grazing cells can be adaptively moved or modified according to conditions and vegetation growth. What does this mean for land management, wildlife movement, and the future of ranching?

View the recording of Leo & Todd's presentation and the following Q&A here. 

Growing a resilient forage base: the ins and outs of cell grazing with Dallas Mount, Ranch Management Consultants

Dallas Mount

Dallas Mount, Ranch Management Consultant

Are you a cattle rancher or a grass rancher? In this interactive, virtual workshop, you’ll see why the most profitable ranchers are grass-first focused. Together, using a real world example, we will work through application of the first two cell grazing principles. Instructor Dallas Mount will help you discover how you can increase productivity, reduce your workload and increase profit. 

View the recording of Dallas' presentation and the following Q&A here

 

Building resilient underground livestock: Principles for regenerative agriculture and soil health with Nicole Masters, Integrity Soils

Nicole Masters

Nicole Masters, Integrity Soils

What does healthy, resilient soil look, smell and feel like? What are my underground livestock and how do I feed them? How can I maximize rainfall use efficiency? Am I getting the maximum quality and performance on my land? Soil health expert Nicole Masters reminds us that when we’re ill, we go to a doctor. Like our bodies, our ranches are complex ecosystems that need regular expert attention and “checkups.” Masters shares principles to find the heartbeat of your land’s health.

View the recording of Nicole's presentation and the following Q&A. 

 

Tris Munsick

Tris Munsick, Plank Stewardship Initiative

Resilient ranch finances: protect your bottom line and your ranch legacy with Tris Munsick, Plank Stewardship initiative

As margins continue to tighten in the cattle businesses, it’s critical to analyze each component of the ranch enterprise to identify each enterprise’s profitability. Overall ranch profitability is the sum of various ranch activities and knowing the contribution of each ranch enterprise, whether cow/calf, hay production, heifer development, land, etc., it is essential to determining overall profitability. Tris Munsick, of the Plank Stewardship Initiative, will share a combination of academic and real-world knowledge from his experiences on both small and large ranches in the West.

View the recording of Tris Munsick's presentation and the following Q&A

 

Empowering our collective futures: Wildlife conservation through sustainable ranching.

Dave Naugle

Dave Naugle, UM professor and USDA-NRCS science advisor

With Dave Naugle, University of Montana professor and USDA-NRCS science advisor 

Hi-Line grasslands are special - at local and global scales - and resilient, ranching communities with the cultural will to conserve them should be celebrated. But deliberate actions that empower our collective futures will require investment, innovation, and strategic communications. In the kickoff to this series we'll discuss the scientific basis for investing in grazing communities to conserve wildlife, introduce exciting new technological innovations in rangeland monitoring, and communicate the potential benefits of transforming expired CRP acres into valued assets of your grazing operation.

View the recording of Dr. Naugle's presentation and the following Q&A


 


CRP Expiring? Know what to do with it?

Ranchers Stewardship Alliance Conservation Committee can help.  Financial and Technical Assistance available.  See the link below for all the details.

CRP Conserving Grasslands


The following forms are from Emily Standley,  Montana Rangelands Partnership Range Technician.   These were presented at the Range Monitoring workshop.  Please click on the link below to download the forms for your own use.  If you need further information, contact Emily at 406-396-5418 or estandley@macdnet.org.

Basal_Cover_Instructions

New Basal Cover Form Photo_

Monitoring Instructions

Rangeland Health Checklist

Riparian Health Checklist

Stubble Height_Instructions

Stubble Height Utilization Measurements

Study Location Sheet