REAL Montana


Resource Education and Agriculture Leadership
July 2014

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Year 1 of REAL Montana a Success!

REAL Montana wrapped up an exciting first year with four seminars held throughout Montana and one class trip to Washington D.C. Members of Class I first met in September 2013 in Bozeman for their inaugural seminar and have been moving full speed ahead with multi-day sessions that combine industry education with professional development.

1: Ethical Leadership & Teambuilding: Sept. 12-14, 2013 in Bozeman
2: Montana Crop Production & Economy: Nov. 14-16, 2013 in Great Falls
3: Working with the Media: Jan. 31-Feb.1, 2014 in Billings
4: Policy on a National Scale: March 18-22, 2014 in Washington D.C.


The class discusses ag practices at Gallatin Valley Botanical during Seminar 1

Class members tour the Malteurop plant during Seminar 2

KTVQ news features REAL Montana during Seminar 3

The class meets with Congressional staff, industry leaders, federal agency heads, diplomats, and lobbyists during Seminar 4

Seminar 5: Oil & Gas Development
June 19-21 in Sidney, MT

Eastern Montana was the setting for Seminar 5, an intensive study of oil and gas development in the Bakken. During the three day session, the class discussed opportunities and impacts with community and industry leaders representing economic development, education, county government, private industry, and agriculture. Tours included the Lonetree man camp, Terracor frac sand facility, Oasis Petroleum drilling and frac sites, and the ONEOK Riverview rail facility. The class also received extensive training in conflict management and business etiquette.


Tour & lunch at Lonetree Man Camp in Bainville

Terracor frac sand facility near Bainville

Class members visit with Brian Lore at the ONEOK rail facility

An Oasis Petroleum rig in the process of moving near Bainville

The class observed the frac process of an Oasis Petroleum well

Duane Mitchell shares information on oil & gas development

Photo credits: Whitney Klasna


"Coming from a background of grain and cattle I found the Sidney session very informative. It was very interesting to learn how all of Montana's natural resource industries complement each other and how they need each other to thrive now and into the future. My observations were that the oil and gas industries in Eastern Montana are going above and beyond to be good stewards of the land and great supporters of the communities they impact."
-Shaud Schwarzbach, Big Sandy

"The Sidney seminar was a great opportunity to hear firsthand how the energy boom has impacted our rural Montana communities and how they have responded to the effects of the oil and gas industry."
-Kate Montgomery, Worden

Meet Class I!

The inaugural class of REAL represents a diverse cross-section of natural resource industries across Montana. Nineteen participants were competitively selected based on leadership capabilities and willingness to serve in decision-making roles upon completing the program. For photos and biographies of Class I, CLICK HERE.

REAL Montana Sponsors

REAL Montana is made possible through the generous support of a broad group of public and private entities. CLICK HERE for a complete list of program sponsors. For information on becoming a sponsor of REAL Montana, please contact the Program Director.



Welcome to the first edition of The REAL Deal, a newsletter highlighting the activities of REAL Montana - Resource Education & Agriculture Leadership. As we move into Year 2 of this exciting new program, look for updates every other month. REAL Montana would not be successful without the input and support of industry and community leaders like yourself - thank you for your involvement!

- Janelle Booth
Director, REAL Montana

Seminar 6: Coal & Livestock, Sept. 11-13, 2014 in Miles City & Colstrip

Seminar 7: International Trade, Nov. 13-15 in Shelby

Seminar 8: Class trip to CHINA, Jan. 8-18, 2015

Seminar 9: State Government & Water Issues, March 12-14, 2015 in Helena

Seminar 10: Timber & GRADUATION, May 14-16, 2015 in Kalispell


REAL Montana
Janelle Booth
Program Director

MSU Extension
Culbertson Hall
PO Box 170535
Bozeman, MT 59717-0535

Tel: (406) 994-6480
Fax: (406) 994-1905