Ever wander around a sugar beet factory? Want to learn about the controversy surrounding the Lower Yellowstone Intake Diversion Dam? Plan to take part in the Montana Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers Regional Ag Tour June 1-2 in Sidney. The tour, which departs from the Best Western Golden Prairie Inn, kicks off mid-Friday afternoon with a stop at the Sidney Sugar Beet Factory followed by a tour, social and dinner at Meadowlark Brewing.
Saturday’s first tour stop is Safflower Technologies which grows seed for farmers in Montana and North Dakota, as well as buys back the seed to sell as bird food. Following the tour of Safflower Technologies, the group will visit the Eastern Ag Research Station for a look at how their latest research is helping farmers and ranchers. Next stop: the Steinbeisser Farm will talk about their diverse production of sugar beets, soybeans, alfalfa and malt barley, along with their 2500-head feedlot. Following lunch, the group will travel to the Lower Yellowstone Intake Diversion Dam to discover more about the controversy surrounding it. Included in the visit will be a glimpse into the Montana Caviar Company that harvests paddlefish eggs to sell as a unique value-added high-end delicacy.
“Each year, the YF&R Tour focuses on different regions of Montana,” said MFBF YF&R Chair Gil Gasper. “We will get a view of the diversity of Eastern Montana Agriculture, from seeing irrigated crops like sugar beets and malt barley to learning about the hot topics surrounding the Lower Yellowstone Intake Diversion Dam. We’re planning to invite members of the North Dakota Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers, so it will make a great networking opportunity for all. It’s exciting that we have a chance to showcase what our ag producers do in Eastern Montana.”
Registration is $50/person with all meals and activities included. Attendees are responsible for making their own hotel reservations. Contact the Best Western Golden Prairie at (406) 433-4560 and request the “Montana Farm Bureau room block” for the special $70 room rate. Seats are limited to the first 30 people.