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The Farm Bureau Rural Entrepreneur Challenge is the first national business competition focused exclusively on rural businesses in food and agriculture. The Rural Entrepreneur of the Year is awarded $30,000 in startup funds for their innovative business proposition. Learn more by visiting the Strong Rural America website.
Montana Farm Bureau Federation was proud to have three innovative Montana businesses submit applications. One of those applicants was the Select-A-Catch. Allen & Terri Denzer, Mike Hoggan and Steve DeMers created the Select-A-Catch as a selective, humane and effective snaring device. Here’s what prompted them to start this business and what they hope to achieve through the Rural Entrepreneur Challenge:
Our background is in cattle and sheep production, two of our three partners are wildlife managers. In this day and age, it seems like one of Montana’s leading agricultural exports is its children. Our innovation is a tool that will not only provide jobs in Montana through manufacturing or distributing, but also can be used in rural and urban areas for private wildlife damage control.
In the eastern United States, many young people have started businesses in private animal management. This tool not only works in rural settings but in urban settings as well. The molding for our Universal Select-A-Catch® unit will be done in Columbia Falls, the boxes to ship the product will be made in Bozeman, the snares will be manufactured as well in Montana. By supporting our website designers in Chinook, we are helping to provide much needed jobs and opportunities for young people in these rural communities. Some of the components are also being produced on farms near the communities of Choteau and Augusta, Montana.
Since starting this venture, our vision has been to manufacture an animal capturing device that is far more superior to any other product on the market today. We believe we have achieved this goal and protected our investment through patents in the United States and Canada. This humane, selective and effective capturing device will work on a wide variety of animals from fox to bears. The applications can be used in Montana, as well as, worldwide and will provide jobs for young people and introduce a valuable tool for American agriculture. We have just finished having our molds produced and are ready to start our venture.
Winning this challenge will provide much needed capital and publicity to rocket start our business. We believe this contest will help entice young people to be inventive and will create a strong business opportunity in the agricultural and business industries.
What better way to get our message to rural America than through this Farm Bureau challenge!
We feel our product fits into the rural entrepreneurship category and will not only provide jobs, but will also introduce a valuable tool to protect America’s agriculture. We thank Farm Bureau for the opportunity to compete.
You’ve heard it a million times.
It might be the local diner, a church potluck or across the hood of pick-up on the county road. The conversation is often a mixture of mild chatter about variable weather conditions, volatile market prices and probably a little local gossip. However, you save the best for last and the conversation doesn’t end without discussing those cursed government agencies, environmental groups, animal rights activists and others who target American agriculture and attempt to regulate us straight out of business.
It’s true, there seems to be new demands on our management practices and products every day. The reality is that’s not going to change any time soon and, unfortunately, lamenting with our closest family and friends isn’t going to fix the problem either.
But being a member of the Montana Farm Bureau Federation and participating in the policy development process can. As a voting member you have the ability and authority to create, discuss, and ultimately pass new policy that guides the organization.
As a grassroots organization, it all starts at the local, county Farm Bureau level. This time of year many county Farm Bureaus are holding policy development meetings—so don’t miss your chance! If you’d like to find out if your county Farm Bureau is holding a policy development meeting, contact your Regional Manager or your county President.
All you need to get started is an idea, but here are a few suggestions to help you out along the way.
Be sure to check out the earlier posts in this series:
Next, we’ll be discussing how to write your policy resolution and correctly submit it to your county Farm Bureau.
Developing thoughtful policy ensures MFBF is always prepared and in a position to act upon important issues when they arise. But it’s just as important to regularly review policy that’s already in the book.
Reviewing policy isn’t nearly as bright and shiny as breaking new ground and developing policy we haven’t seen before. But, it’s still just as necessary, and arguably, more important than developing new policy each year.
Reviewing every piece of policy is a daunting task for any county Farm Bureau to tackle. However, Rome wasn’t built in a day and we can’t review all of the policy at once. Take it step by step.
How to develop new policy: