Growing our ranching and rural community’s financial, ecological, and social resilience with experienced speakers on soil health, cattle selection, small ruminant grazing, and rangeland monitoring, the Ranchers Stewardship Alliance “Rural Resilience” webinar series is back for a third year!
In 2023, the second in our four-part series features Montana State University’s Dr. Eric Belasco and Dr. Megan Van Emon, Montana State University Extension.
Dr. Eric Belasco is a professor of Agricultural Economics at Montana State University where he teaches courses in agricultural policy, financial engineering, and agricultural marketing. He received his PhD and MS in Economics from North Carolina State University and his BS in Economics from Saint Mary’s College of California. His research focuses in the areas of agricultural technology, financial engineering, crop insurance, farm policy, and risk management, which includes 34 peer-reviewed journal articles and two book chapters. Belascocurrently serves as an Associate Editor for the American Journal of Agricultural Economicsand the Agricultural Finance Review and is a former President of the Western Agricultural Economics Association.
Dr. Megan Van Emon has been an Extension Beef Cattle Specialist at Montana State University since 2014. Her research focuses on supplementation strategies, cow-calf production, drought management and water quality. Dr. Van Emon’s research and extension programs focus on improving beef cattle production in Montana and throughout the United States. For the past few years, Megan has been focusing on beef cattle drought management in her Extension programming. Dr. Van Emon grew up on a small farm in Northeast Indiana. She received her B.S. and M.S. in Animal Science from Purdue University and her Ph.D. in Ruminant Nutrition at North Dakota State University. Megan was a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at Iowa State University before joining the Animal and Range Sciences faculty at MSU. She is located off-campus at USDA-ARS Fort Keogh in Miles City.
Both nationally and regionally, beef cattle populations are down. How dire is that reality? Dr. Belasco will update us with the latest data and tell the tale of how we got here. With drought still a lingering regional question, what’s the next step? From cattle retention at a time of uncertainty to replacement cattle selection when Mother Nature allows, Dr. Van Emon will dive into strategies that will elevate decision making on your ranch.
The interactive webinar will be held via Zoom from 7-8:00 PM MST. CLICK HERE to RSVP and get the Zoom meeting link.
Future webinars will be held the third Thursday of March, and April:
The Ranchers Stewardship Alliance (RSA) is a rancher-led, grassroots organization, dedicated to improving the quality of life for rural communities throughout the Northern Great Plains. Through collaborative conservation projects, rancher education events, and local community outreach, Ranchers Stewardship Alliance works to strengthen our rural community, economy, and culture for generations to come.