MFU & MCA Joint Mid-Year Meeting

June 14-15, 2012 – Red Lion Inn, Kalispell

Thursday, June 14, 2012

8:00 – 10:00 AM MFU Board Meeting

10:00 – evening Tours – via chartered bus

- Kalispell Kreamery

- Jess Peterson, U.S. Cattlemen’s, speaks on the bus

LUNCH - MCA Speaker —

- Stoltz Lumber, Forestry Experiment Project, Kalispell

- Aqua Algae, Columbia Falls

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DINNER - Dinner in Columbia Falls

- Visit Farmers Market

- Back to Kalispell via bus

Friday, June 15, 2012

8:30 – 9:00 AM Registration

9:00 – 9:15 AM Adam deYong, MT Dept. of Labor

Welcome Remarks

9:15 – 10:00 AM Mark Schiltz, Western Manager, Montana Land Reliance

Farm & Ranch Land Management Planning/Easements

Lindsay Warshaw, Land Link

Beginning Farmer/Rancher Matches: Challenges & Opportunities

10:00 – 11:00 AM Chandler Goule, NFU VP for Government Affairs

Farm Bill Update

11:00 – Noon Bill Patrie, Executive Director, Common Enterprise Development Corp.,

Innovative cooperative businesses

12:00 – 1:30 PM Lunch

Tess Brown, RI Farmers Union, Urban farming

1:30 – 2:30 PM Noxious Weeds/Invasive Species of the Region

2:30 – 3:30 PM Bill Patrie, Cooperative Opportunities: Next Steps & Discovering the

Possibilities

Special thanks to Mission Mountain Food Enterprise and Cooperative Development Center, a

division of Lake County Community Development, for speaker sponsorship and coordination


ORGANIZATION

OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS - 2002


BE IT RESOLVED: the present officers and directors of the Montana Cattlemen's Association shall serve for
one more year on a rotating basis and the current board shall appoint a nominating committee to present
nominations at next year's annual meeting.
PUBLIC RELATIONS - 2004
BE IT RESOLVED: Montana Cattlemen's Association explore low cost means to broaden its public relations
outreach.

CATTLE COALITION - 2005


WHEREAS: Montana Cattlemen's Association appreciates the Montana Farmers Union's recent vote to
work closer with MCA.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: MCA looks forward to working with MFU on unifying issues of importance
to Montana cattle producers along with other supportive organizations.

MONTANA LAND RELIANCE - 2006


WHEREAS the Montana Cattlemen's Association recognizes that conservation easements are one tool
available for land conservation; and
WHEREAS the Montana Land Reliance has agriculture conservation as part of its mission statement; and
WHEREAS the Montana Land Reliance supports the Montana Cattlemen's Association; 15
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Montana Cattlemen's Association recognizes the Montana Land
Reliance as an agriculture friendly land trust and that the MOntana Land Reliance will, upon request,
provide assistance, education, and information on land conservation to any member of the Montana
Cattlemen's Association.


AFFILIATION WITH MONTANA CATTLEMEN'S ASSOCIATION - 2006


WHEREAS Montana Cattlemen's Association encourages all cattle producers and like-minded
organizations to become involved in the process of strengthening the interests of Montana cattle
producers; and

WHEREAS Montana Cattlemen's Association understands there is strength in numbers;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Montana Cattlemen's Association gladly accepts local and county cattle
producer organizations and like-minded groups as affiliate members under the following conditions:

1) Affiliates pay annual dues of $50.00.
2) Montana Cattlemen's Association will provide a director, officer, committee chair or staff member to all
affiliates midyear and annual meetings for updates on Montana Cattlemen's Association.
3) Montana Cattlemen's Association will provide a complimentary registration to its midyear and annual
convention to one person from each affiliate.
4) Any resolution that an affiliate organization presents to an Montana Cattlemen's Association officer or
director will be presented to the Montana Cattlemen's Association membership for a vote at the next
membership meeting.
5) With approval of the Montana Cattlemen's Association Board of Directors.


AFFILIATION WITH OTHER ORGANIZATIONS - 2006


WHEREAS Montana Cattlemen's Association realizes that there are limits to what a state organization can
accomplish at a national level; and

WHEREAS Montana Cattlemen's Association would like to support and affiliate with national
organizations whose agenda is similar to that of Montana Cattlemen's Association;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Montana Cattlemen's Association affiliate with national organizations
under the following conditions:
1) The affiliation is approved every year by a membership vote.
2) The mission statement and goals of the national organization do not conflict with Montana Cattlemen's
Association's mission statement or policy.
3) The national organization supports Montana Cattlemen's Association through recognition and support
of statewide issues. 16
AFFILIATION WITH USCA - 2007
BE IT RESOLVED, Montana Cattlemen's Association should affiliate with the United States Cattlemen's
Association.
FIRE COMMUNICATION - 2007
WHEREAS during the 2006 season there were numerous fires with poor communication between the
stakeholders;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that Montana Cattlemen's Association work with BLM, USFS, and DNRC to
open lines of communication to more closely work with local departments and area landowners to more
effectively control fires.
MEMBERSHIP - 2008
Membership in Montana Cattlemen's shall constitute the following criteria:
Persons, businesses, ranching operations, or organizations that contribute cash, donations, in-kind aid, or
otherwise support Montana Cattlemen in an amount of $40 or more shall be given a one-year
membership.
For college students and children under 18 years of age, the membership rate shall be $25 per year.
Membership may be paid per year or in increments to be disbursed over the lifetime of the contribution,
provided the contribution level is a minimum of $40 per year.
MEMBERSHIP - 2009
Due to the current economic state, MCA will temporarily reduce dues to $20 to make it more affordable
for members.


AFFILIATION WITH USCA - 2010


WHEREAS, Montana Cattlemen's Association policy requires that affiliation with national organizations be
approved every year by membership vote; and

WHEREAS, the United States Cattlemen's Association policy and agenda are similar to that of Montana
Cattlemen's Association,
BE IT RESOLVED, Montana Cattlemen's Association should re-affiliate with the United States Cattlemen's
Association through 2010.

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