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.

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



Thursday, November 20th
9am: Open Registration
9:30am-2pm: Tours of Local Grain Businesses
10am-2pm: Tradeshow & Vendor Set-up; Tradeshow open all day
3pm: Opening Remarks
4pm: Keynote Speaker, Ken Meter
5pm: Remarks from Industry and State Leaders
6:30pm: 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


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; Randy Gilbertson;
Neal Leathers

Livestock Feed

Scott Kurfman; Michael Giles; Mike Pflieger

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; Al Kurki; Angie DeYoung

Gluten Free & Alternative Grain Based Foods

Linda O’Brien; Deb Wheaton;Deb Wheaton; Gary Iverson

Getting Value-added Products to the Marketplace

David Oien's; Jacob Cowgill

Session Three

Growing Organic & Specialty Grains

Doug Crabtree;
Kamut rep

Oilseeds and

David Oien's; Janice Rueda; Travis Greenwalt

Adding Value on-farm

Dean Folkvord; Nancy Matheson;
Kamut rep

Opportunities for Custom Malting

Patrick Hayes; Evan Bowser; Mark Black;Neal Leathers



Complete tour information is available under the registration tab.

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



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. Your registration will be processed through Lake County Community Development.

Early bird registration begins August 15th and runs until October 20th. Registration will close Friday, November 14, 2014.

Harvest Montana Registration
Registration: $75
Brewfest Only $50

Please direct questions about the conference to:

Shay Farmer: shay.farmer@lakecountycdc.org 
Laura Ginsburg:  laura.ginsburg@lakecountycdc.org or (406) 676-5901

Tour Registration

We are offering three different tour options so that you can get a first hand look at the many faces of Montana grains and pulses. Because all of the tours will be visiting food processing facilities, please wear clean closed-toe shoes. At some facilities you will be asked to wear a hair and/or beard net, remove jewelry, and put on a smock. You will receive directions and additional information once you register for the tours.

The first option is to one to visit Bob Quinn's farm where he produces Kamut brand khorasan wheat and The Oil Barn in Big Sandy. Khorasan wheat is an ancient variety which is distributed around the world. We are providing transportation and lunch for this tour, which will be leaving the Heritage Inn at 8:30am. Limit: 7 Cost: $25

The next option is to Timeless Seeds in Ulm, just a few miles south of Great Falls. Timeless Seeds produces and markets organic grains and pulse crops across the United States under the Timeless Foods brand.  For this tour you will drive yourself and will need to be at Timeless by 10am. Limit: 10 Cost: $5

The third option is to tour three of Montana's large processing facilities: General Mills, Montana Milling, and Malteurop. There will be three groups of ten going concurrently at different locations, and each will switch to a new location at the same time. For these tours you will need to drive yourself, and the first tour will begin at 9am, and the next stops will be at 11am and 1pm. Limit: 10 per group / 30 total Cost: $5

General Mills – 9 am
Montana Milling – 9am
Malteurop – 9am

Vendor Registration

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

Vendor Registration Fee: $100

Vender Registration Form


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.
Heritage Inn
1700 Fox Farm Road
Great Falls, Montana, 59404

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

Room Rates: $93.99 per night.

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