Harvest Montanan Conference Facebook

November 20-21, 2014
Heritage Inn
Great Falls, Montana

The Harvest Montana conference is being held by Montana Farmers Union and coordinated by Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center.

Please consider being a Harvest Montana sponsor

 
  • Schedule & Program
  • Registration
  • Sponsorship
  • Travel & Lodging
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Sponsorship Information Package

November 20-21, 2014
Heritage Inn
Great Falls, Montana

From commodity wheat and barley to ancient varieties, grains represent a large portion of the crops grown in Montana. World-renown for the high-quality and taste, the sale of Montana grown grains is a multi-million dollar per year industry. Some of the grain leaves the state as a bulk commodity and comes back as a consumer ready product, meaning the income from adding value does not benefit Montanans. The Harvest Montana conference aims to change that by bringing together people from all sectors of the value chain to move our grain economy to the next level through collaboration and business development. By keeping more of Montana’s grain in Montana to meet the demands of producers and consumers, businesses will retain additional profit, jobs will be created, and communities across the state will benefit from a more robust grain economy.

The dynamic and informative conference includes one day of tours to area businesses utilizing Montana grains, a second day filled with in-depth educational sessions in five topic tracks, nationally recognized keynote speaker Ken Meter who will talk about the economic opportunities Montana has for developing the state’s grain economy, and an evening dinner celebration event open to the public.

The Harvest Montana conference is being held by Montana Farmers Union and coordinated by Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center.


Sponsorship Opportunities

Elevator
$15,000

  • Pre-conference recognition in print and web materials
  • Large company/organization banner in main conference room
  • Company/organization brochure in conference packets
  • Verbal acknowledgement during welcome reception
  • Exhibitor space in primary area
  • Logo on sponsorship board in high-traffic area
  • Logo in conference packets
  • Logo on promotional materials
  • Four conference registrations (includes meals)

Combine
$10,000

 
  • Pre-conference recognition in print and web materials
  • Large company/organization banner in main conference room
  • Verbal acknowledgement during welcome reception
  • Exhibitor space in primary area
  • Logo in conference packets
  • Logo on promotional materials
  • Four conference registrations (includes meals)

Silo
$5,000

  • Pre-conference recognition in print and web materials
  • Small company/organization banner in main conference room
  • Verbal acknowledgement during welcome reception
  • Exhibitor space
  • Logo in conference packets
  • Two conference registrations (includes meals)

Tractor
$2,500

  • Pre-conference recognition in print and web materials
  • Logo in conference packets
  • Exhibitor space
  • Two conference registrations (includes meals)

Seed
$1,000

  • Pre-conference recognition in print and web materials
  • Logo in conference packets
  • One conference registration (includes meals)

We welcome sponsorships at other levels – please contact us to work out a package that will meet your needs.

*Your sponsorship is a tax-deductible donation*


Sponsorship Agreement

We will be honored to have your organization or business support the Harvest Montana conference at any level. Your contribution will help bring in nationally recognized speakers, Montana business owners, and industry professionals for an exciting and inspiring conference.

Questions or Concerns?

Please do not hesitate to call or e-mail to discuss any questions or concerns regarding your sponsorship. We are happy to tailor a sponsorship package to meet the needs of your organization.

Laura Ginsburg, Conference Coordinator or Shay Farmer, Conference Assistant

406-676-5901 or laura.ginsburg@lakecountycdc.org or shay.farmer@lakecountycdc.org

Ready to become a Harvest Montana sponsor?

Please send your tax-deductible donation (LCCDC tax ID #81-0489999) and this form to:
Harvest Montana Grain Conference
c/o Lake County Community Development Corporation 407 Main Street SW
Ronan, MT 59864

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Schedule

Thursday, November 20th
9am: Open Registration
9:30am-2pm: Tours of Local Grain Businesses
10am-2pm: Tradeshow & Vendor Set-up; Tradeshow open all day
2-3pm: Opening Remarks
3-4pm: Keynote Speaker, Ken Meter
4-5pm: Remarks from Industry and State Leaders
6pm: Dinner, Drinks, Socializing
Friday, November 21st
9am-4:30pm: Breakout Sessions in Four Topic Tracks & Remarks from State & National Leaders
6-10pm: Harvest Dinner and Beer Fest
 

Jerry CarlsonHarvest Montana's Key Note Speaker will be Ken Meter of Crossroads Resource Center​. Meter is a nationally recognized food systems analyst who conducted a series of studies on Montana's regional food economy. Studies were conducted in western Montana, the Golden Trianglesoutheast of the Golden Triangle, and eastern Montana and focused on farm and food economy. 

 

Farm Diversification

Confirmed
Speakers

Promoting
Montana in the market

Confirmed Speakers

Adding value on-farm

Confirmed Speakers

Value-Added Business Opportunities

Confirmed Speakers

Session One

Starting Up:
Perspectives from Beginning Farmers

Jacob Cowgill; Anna Jones-Crabtree/Doug Crabtree; Casey Bailey

Selling the “Montana” Brand

Dean Folkvord

Livestock Feed

Scott Kurfman

Edible Grain Products

Alicia Moe; Rita Elliot; Linda O’Brien

Session Two

Crop Rotation & Diversification

Anna Jones-Crabtree; Mark Henning; Mac Burgess

Support Organizations

Angie Nelson; Tony Priete

Gluten Free & Alternative Grain Based Foods

Linda O’Brien; Deb Wheaton

Getting Value-added Products to the Marketplace

David Oien's; Jacob Cowgill

Session Three

Growing Organic & Specialty Grains

Doug Crabtree

Oilseeds & Specialty Grains/Pulses

David Oien's; Janice Rueda

Adding Value on-farm

Dean Folkvord; Nancy Matheson

Opportunities for Custom Malting

Patrick Hayes; Evan Bowser; Mark Black

 

Tours

Details to be announced soon.

Montana Celebration & Brew Fest

Details to be announced soon.

Coordinated in partnership with Rural Dynamics, Inc. in Great Falls- an organization whose mission is to help working class Montanans achieve financial security and pursue economic opportunities

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Regisration

Individual Registration

Registration for individuals includes all meals listed in the Schedule and Program . All costs associated with tours and lodging will be separate from registration.

Early bird registration begins July 1st and runs until October 20th. Registration will close Friday, November 14, 2014. 

Early bird price: $75
Regular price:    $100
Student price:   $60

Please direct questions about the conference to:

Shay Farmer: shay.farmer@lakecountycdc.org 
Laura Ginsburg:  laura.ginsburg@lakecountycdc.org

Vendor Registration

Registration for vendors will include table space with a cloth, free entry into conference, and meals.

Vendor Registration Fee: $100

Please be sure to return in July to register for Harvest Montana!

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Lodging & Travel

Harvest Montana will be held at the Heritage Inn  located in Great Falls, MT. Rooms have been blocked for the event and will be available on a first come, first serve basis until November 6, 2014. Rooms may still be available after that date, but are not guaranteed. Please be sure to reserve your room for your group as soon as possible.
The BEST WESTERN PLUS Heritage Inn
Heritage Inn
1700 Fox Farm Road
Great Falls, Montana, 59404

Phone: 406/761-1900
Fax: 406/761-0136
Toll Free Reservations: 
800-548-8256

Room Rates: $93.99 per night.

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