Upcoming Events

Ranchers Stewardship Alliance Annual Meeting

5 p.m., Tuesday, January 12, 2020. Join us at the Malta VFW for a review of RSA’s work in 2020, a special sneak-peek preview of our latest film project on virtual fencing in Phillips County, opportunities to join a committee group, installation of new officers, a special award and more.

ON THE MENU: Enjoy a catered beef brisket meal from Side Hustle and fun door prizes purchased from local businesses.

RSVP to office@ranchstewards.org is requested but not required, or request a link to attend virtually!


Growing our ranching and rural communities' financial, ecological and social resilience with expert speakers on soil health, ranch finances, grazing innovations and more. 

Webinar Series, 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month
40 minute webinar + 20 minute Q&A

7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 19  

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.


REGISTRATION NOW OPEN for all webinars in the series. Register for one or all with the same form!

Tris Munsick

Tris Munsick, Plank Stewardship Initiative

7 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 16 – 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.


Nicole Masters

Nicole Masters, Integrity Soils

7 p.m., Tuesday, March 16 –Building resilient underground livestock: Principles for regenerative agriculture and soil health with 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.


Dallas Mount

Dallas Mount, Ranch Management Consultant

7 p.m., Tuesday, April 20 – Growing a resilient forage base: the ins and outs of cell grazing with Dallas Mount, Ranch Management Consultants

Are you a cattle man or a grass man? In this interactive, virtual workshop, you’ll see why the most profitable cattlemen are grassmen first. Together, using a real world example, we will work through application of the first 2 cell grazing principles. Instructor Dallas Mount will help you discover how you can increase productivity, reduce your workload and increase profit. 


7 p.m., Tuesday, May 18 -- 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?

REGISTER for the Rural Resilience webinars. 

IN PERSON: Tue., June 29 – Winnett | Sat., July 10 – Malta | Mon., July 12 – Glasgow | Wed., July 14 – Circle

Reducing costs by increasing resilience with Nicole Masters

World renowned agroecologist Nicole Masters of New Zealand-based Integrity Soils will lead four similar day-long workshops across North-Central Montana on soil biology and carbon levels, nutrient cycling, grazing management, and the economic benefits of soil health. In Malta and Glasgow, each on-ranch workshop will be preceded by a cocktail hour/casual reception in town with Nicole.

COST: $35 per person + $20 for additional business/family members. 


Ranch Stewards Book Club

Ranch Stewards Book Club

Featuring For the Love of Soil by Nicole Masters, with discussions on Jan. 26, Feb. 23, March 16 with the final discussion followed by a virtual event with Nicole.

The first 20 people who sign up for the Ranch Stewards Book Club by Tuesday, Dec. Jan. 29 will get a free copy of the book, compliments of RSA. Please register to participate by emailing office@ranchstewards.org.

Get updates on the Book Club on the Facebook Event Page. 

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.


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Monitoring Instructions

Rangeland Health Checklist

Riparian Health Checklist

Stubble Height_Instructions

Stubble Height Utilization Measurements

Study Location Sheet