The REAL Deal

  Resource Education and Agriculture Leadership
August 2015

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REAL Montana Announces Class II

REAL Montana is excited to announce the selection of Class II! The class of 20 participants was competitively selected from a pool of highly qualified candidates, all of who represent a variety of agriculture and natural resource industries. The inagural seminar for Class II will be held September 17-19 in Bozeman.

Class II Participants are:

  • Paul Babb, Butte: Community Relations Manager with NorthWestern Energy
  • Katie Cooper, Willow Creek: Director and ranch hand at Cooper Hereford Ranch; Co-owner of McDonagh Construction
  • Lacey Ehlke, Townsend: Co-owner of Ehlke Herefords; Young Stockgrowers Vice-Chair; Secretary/Treasurer of the Montana Hereford Association
  • Chaley Harney, Billings: Executive Director of the Montana Beef Council
  • Megan Hedges, Chester: Vice President of Heydon Farms Inc.
  • Jill Herold, Shepherd: Agronomist and Sustainable Solutions Specialist for Syngenta; Vice President and Treasurer for Yellowstone Cattlewomen
  • Tom Hougen, Melstone: Owner of Hougen Ranch; National Cattlemen’s Beef Association Region V Policy Vice President
  • Karli Johnson, Sidney: Finance Manager at R&J Ag Supply; Sidney Chamber Board of Directors
  • Bryan Lorengo, Anaconda: Safety Consultant for the MT Logging Association; Anaconda School Board Chairman
  • Brian Marler, Great Falls: Marketing and western region asphalt sales for Calumet-Montana Refining
  • Farrah McGregor, Cascade: Branch manager for Northwest Farm Credit Services
  • Nick Miller, Helena: Construction Manager and Vice President of Helena Sand & Gravel
  • Tracy Mosley, Wilsall: MSU Park County Agriculture and Natural Resource Extension Agent; Vice Chair of the Park County Cooperative Weed Management Area
  • Maggie Nutter, Sweetgrass: Co-owner of Certain Creek Ranch; President of Marias River Livestock Association
  • Darcia Patten, Broadus: Co-owner of Graham MT Ranch, Inc.; President of the Powder River/ Carter County Farm Bureau; Montana Farm Bureau Equine State Chair
  • Nicole Rolf, Miles City: National Affairs Director for Montana Farm Bureau Federation; President of the Montana 4-H Foundation
  • Molly Schwend, Laurel: Manager of Community Relations and Public Affairs at Cloud Peak Energy
  • Jacob Smith, Glen: Part owner of Smith 6-S Livestock
  • Marc Vogel, Ballantine: Owner of North 40 Ag and partner in Vogel Land & Cattle Co; President of the Huntley Project Lions Club
  • LaVon Wagler, Wolf Point: CHS Inc. Location Manager

Meet Our Advisory Board

The REAL Montana Advisory Board consists of 10 industry leaders from across the state. They are deeply commitment to leadership development and Montana's natural resource industries, and donate countless hours to ensure REAL Montana is a success. CLICK HERE to meet our 2015 Advisory Board.

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.





We are looking forward to starting a new cohort of REAL Montana next month as Class II meets for the first time in Bozeman on Sept. 17-19. Seminar 1 kicks off a two-year journey that will take the class to Billings, Great Falls, Miles City, Colstrip, Butte, Helena, and Kalispell, as well as Washington D.C. and an international location.

-Janelle Booth, Director, REAL Montana

Class II Seminar 1: Inauguration, Ethical Leadership, and Teambuilding- September 17-19, 2015 in Bozeman

Class II Seminar 2: Working with the Media- November 18-20, 2015 in Billings



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