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Class I members:

  • Walt Anseth, Helena: Ag finance officer at the Montana Department of Agriculture; president of the Northern Rodeo Association; serves on the board of the National Association of Rural Rehabilitation Corporations
  • Tara Becken, Billings: Specialist for the United States Department of Agriculture Rick Management Agency; actively involved in the family cow/calf operation in Big Timber; runs a small commercial cowherd with her husband
  • Scott Blain, Joliet: Owner/operator of a fourth-generation farm and ranch; former agriculture teacher; serves on the fire department and county weed board
  • Cindy Denning, Sun River: co-owner of D-CAT Construction, LLC; co-owner of Denning Ranch; active in the Montana Farm Bureau and Cascade County Farm Bureau
  • Joe Dooling, Helena: Senior project manager at KLJ Engineering; operates a malt barley, alfalfa hay, and cattle operation in the Helena Valley; serves on the Lewis and Clark County Fair Board, Lewis and Clark County 4-H Foundation Board, and the Helena schools infrastructure advisory group
  • Daniel Jones, Conrad:Partner in Frontline Ag, LLC, a four-store John Deere dealership, Jones Farms, LLC, a wheat and barley farm in north central Montana, and owner of Jones Legal Services, PLLC a law firm specializing in commercial transactions.  He also is a board member of the Montana Equipment Dealer's Association and an Alderman for the City of Conrad
  • Dan Kerslake, Stevensville: Owner of Lazy K R ranch; raises hay crop and cattle; manager of a small sheep ranch
  • Whitney Klasna, Lambert: Partner in family farm/ranch; raises spring and winter wheat, barley, hay, and cattle; serves on the State of Montana Livestock Loss Board; serves on the board of directors for Montana Women Involved in Farm Economics (WIFE)
  • Kristen Krueger, Kalispell: Owner/operator of Krueger Farms, Inc.; raises wheat and canola
  • Andy Matakis, Havre: Game Warden for Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks; member of the North Central Montana Stockgrowers Association
  • Kate Montgomery, Worden: Owner/operator of Montgomery Livestock, a cow/calf operation; 4-H Cloverbud leader; member of the Yellowstone Cattlewomen
  • Bryan Mussard, Dillon: Owner/operator of Big West Management, which includes Reminisce Angus Ranch and Big West cattle feeding facility
  • Breahna Patten, Broadus: Lives and works on Graham Montana Ranch, a family cow/calf operation; roustabout hand at Five Star Roustabout Oilfield Service; District 5 chair/Powder River/Carter County Farm Bureau for Young Farmers & Ranchers
  • Shaud Schwarzbach, Big Sandy: Primary relationship manager for the Havre office of Northwest Farm Credit Services; owner/operation of small grain farm; grows wheat, barley, and peas; president of board of directors for Bear Paw Development Corporation; vice president of North Central Montana Regional Water Authority
  • Howard Skjervem, Helena: Community relations manager for NorthWestern Energy; serves on the boards of the Helena Regional Airport Authority and the Montana Business Assistance Connection
  • Tyler Smith, Havre: Owner/estimator for Lakeside Excavation Inc., a second generation construction business; serves on the boards of the Montana Contractors’ Association and H. Earl Clack Foundation
  • Kate Vogel, Ballantine: Principal agronomist & co-owner of North 40 Ag, serves on the board of the Montana Soil and Water Conservation Society, Certified Professional Agronomist and Soil Scientist
  • Daniel Weaver, Big Sandy: Owner/operator of Weaver Land and Livestock, Inc.; raises dryland wheat and hay; serves on the Chouteau County Livestock Protection Board and Chouteau County Extension Committee
  • Bruce Wright, Bozeman: Owner/operator of Bruce Wright Farms, Inc.; vice president of Montana Farm Bureau Federation; co-owner of Montana Gluten Free Processors



The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Montana State University and the Montana State University Extension Service prohibit discrimination in all of their programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, and marital and family status. Issued in furtherance of cooperative extension work in agriculture and home economics, acts of May 8 and June 30, 1914, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Jeff Bader, Executive Director of Extension, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717.