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Past Events

Western Montana Grazing and Agriculture Conference & Pre-Conference Community Talk

Hosted by Lake County Conservation District and NRCS, with sponsorship assistance from Missoula Conservation District, area conservation districts, and local businesses

Missoula, MT / January 24-26, 2018

This year’s annual grazing and agriculture conference featured keynote speaker Dr. Fred Provenza, who specializes in ethnobotany, evolutionary biology, and ecology. Conference topics included grazing management, soil health, pollinator planting, and real-life case studies, among many others. See the agenda for a complete list of topics.


Prior to the Western Montana Grazing and Agriculture Conference, Dr. Provenza gave a free community talk at the University of Montana (UM) on how crop and livestock rearing affect the health benefits these foods provide. This talk was co-sponsored by UM’s Environmental Studies Program.

Low-Stress Livestock Handling Workshop Featuring Curt Pate

Hosted by Missoula and Bitterroot Conservation Districts

Victor, Montana / Tuesday, September 19, 2017

In September 2017, Missoula Conservation District and Bitterroot Conservation District hosted renowned stockman Curt Pate in Victor, Montana. Mr. Pate demonstrated and discussed concepts of low-stress livestock handling for improved grazing during this field-based workshop on a local ranch.

This was a concerted effort among Area 5 conservation districts: Lake County Conservation District hosted Mr. Pate on September 18 in Charlo and Deer Lodge Valley Conservation District co-hosted with Granite County Conservation District on September 20 in Gold Creek.

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