FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 8, 2006
Contact: Sandy Courtnage
MFU Hires Government Affairs and Membership Directors
GREAT FALLS, MT (September 8, 2006) The Montana Farmers Union recently hired a Government Affairs Director and a Membership Director.
Katie Lang Kassmier has been hired as Government Affairs Director. In this position she will be responsible for policy dissemination throughout the year and for lobbying when the Montana Legislature is in session. Kassmier says she hopes to use the skills and knowledge she has acquired through her education and previous employment opportunities to promote a sound future for family farmers and ranchers through educational outreach and legislation.
"Living on a third-generation farm in north central Montana, I see firsthand the impact government and economic policy has on family farms, ranches, and rural communities. A strong voice in government is absolutely critical, said Kassmier. I hope to be that voice to help ensure that our farms remain viable for the next generation."
Kassmier graduated from Carroll College with a double B.A. in International Relations and Political Science. She previously worked as MT Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee Deputy Director for the MT Democratic Party. Kassmier began work Sept. 1, 2006.
Jim Sarge Sargent has been hired as Membership Director for the organization. In this position he will provide statewide outreach to current members while explaining the Farmers Union mission and recruiting new members.
Sargent says he comes to the organization with high hopes and great expectations of making the organization stronger by listening to member issues and concerns. If Montana producers do not continue to grow and be profitable, then neither will small towns and local economies, he said. I hope to convince all people farmers, ranchers and consumers to become members and support the backbone of all Montana communities.
Sargent comes to the Montana Farmers Union from KSEN Radio in Shelby where he was the radio morning personality, program director, in-house engineer and computer technician. He begins work for MFU on September 18, 2006.