Anton Bekkerman

Anton Bekkerman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics at Montana State University. He received a B.B.A. in Business Economics in 2005 from the Sellinger School of Business at Loyola University in Maryland, and MS and PhD in Economics from North Carolina State University. Bekkerman’s research interests include price analysis, agricultural and food marketing, production and agribusiness management, crop insurance, and applied econometrics with a concentration in spatial and temporal modeling. He is also involved in numerous inter and intradisciplinary research projects including cropping system analysis, economics of education, and the economics of public libraries.


Taylor Brown

Raised on the family ranch at Sand Springs, Taylor Brown is well-known as an agricultural broadcaster. He and his wife Shannon own the Northern Broadcasting System, and its flagship station KGHL AM-790 in Billings, and Taylor is a past National President of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting. Serving in the Montana Senate from 2009-16, Brown chaired the Senate Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation Committee, as well as the Senate Education Committee. Taylor and Shannon have been married since 1980, and are active in the Huntley Project community, where they raised their three grown children Travis, Courtney and Colter.


Hikmet Budak 

Dr. Hikmet Budak, Professor, MSU Department of Plant Sciences & Plant Pathology, holds the Montana Plant Sciences Endowed Chair, the first endowed chair in the history of the MSU College of Agriculture. He earned a doctorate in agronomy from the University of Nebraska and was most recently lead of the plant genetics and genomics team in the biological sciences and bioengineering program at Sabanci University in Istanbul, Turkey. Budak has also been actively involved in leadership for wheat improvement projects sponsored by the European Union. At MSU, Budak is expected to build a significant integrative research program addressing Montana’s challenges in the grains industry.


Mary Burrows 

MSU Plant Pathologist Dr. Mary Burrows is responsible for applied research to address plant disease problems faced by the growers of Montana. She educates growers, extension agents, crop advisors and industry personnel about plant disease management in Montana and serves as a communication link between the university and the agricultural community. Mary supervises the Schutter Diagnostic Laboratory, the Regional Pulse Crop Diagnostic Laboratory, the MSU Urban IPM Program, and represents Montana in the IR-4 Project for registration of pesticides on minor crops.

Phillip Clancy 

CEO and founder of Next Instruments, Phil Clancy has been involved in the design and development of Near Infrared analyzers for farmers since 1997. After working in the USA as Product Manager and Marketing Manager for Pacific Scientific on NIR analyzers, Phil moved back to Australia to develop a range of NIR analyzers specifically for farmers to measure grain at the farm gate. In 2003, NIR Technology Systems, also founded by Clancy, began to develop a system that would work on a combine to measure protein and moisture as the grain was stripped. After developing and trialing 4 different sampling heads, in 2010 the first reliable and rugged on-combine analyzer was developed. Next Instruments now incorporates NIR Tech Systems and manufactures a range of analyzers that provide solutions for farmers, grain traders and grain processors.

Shawn Fladager

Shawn Fladager has worked for Northwest Farm Credit Services for 7 years. He serves as the Great Falls Branch Manager and Crop Insurance Agent. Prior to his career with NWFCS, Shawn was in Agricultural Broadcasting, first working as the Farm Broadcaster for KEYZ Radio in Williston, ND for 2 years. He then moved to Great Falls, and held the position of Farm Broadcaster for KMON Radio for 10 years. Shawn graduated from Montana State University with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Education. He is a native of Peerless, Montana.


Kate Fuller

Kate Binzen Fuller is an Assistant Professor and Extension Economist with MSU’s Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics. Her areas of expertise include agricultural policy analysis, economics of agricultural pests and diseases, production economics and farm management. Fuller received her BA in mathematics and economics from the University of North Carolina, Asheville and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Davis.

Brian Hoven

Brian Hoven, owner of Hoven Equipment in Great Falls, served in the MT House from 2009-13 and in the MT Senate since 2015. Brian was Vice Chair of Senate Ag Committee in 2015.

Llew Jones

Llew Jones, farmer, rancher and small business owner from Conrad, served in the MT House from 2005-2009 and in the MT Senate since 2011. In the 2015 Legislature, Llew chaired the Senate Finance and Claims Committee and was Vice Chair of the Joint Appropriations Subcommittee on Education.


Mike Krueger

Mike Krueger is the founder and President of The Money Farm, a grain marketing advisory service located in Fargo, North Dakota, that works with individual farmers, country elevators and others associated with agriculture. He is a senior analyst for World Perspectives, a Washington, DC, based international ag consulting company, and has traveled extensively internationally as a speaker at various farm and grain industry meetings and seminars, including Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Australia, Asia, South America and Latin America. He has worked on numerous consulting projects in the US as well as overseas. Krueger began his career with Cargill, Inc., holding a number of management and merchandising positions.


Neil McCormick

Neil McCormick, Montana Field Operations Specialist for Farmers Business Network, has spent his life living and working in Montana agriculture, and is excited to bring FBN technology to his home state. Neil is passionate about helping farmers use their data to make better decisions and excited to see how FBN members could use the data to drive biologically-driven farming and good design in agriculture. He has spent time exploring resilient and innovative agricultural systems, while staying firmly rooted in the reality of profitably producing cash crops in the current agricultural economy. Originally from Cut Bank, Neil received his degree from Gonzaga University.


Farrah McGregor

Farrah McGregor Northwest Farm Credit Services VP – Customer Solutions, Great Falls. Farrah has been with Northwest Farm Credit Services since 2008 serving as a Relationship Manager, Regional Vice President and Branch Manager before filling her current position as VP of Customer Solutions. Her previous work experience includes 6 years as a territory manager for Pfizer and 4 years in advertising sales with the American Simmental Association. Farrah received a degree in Animal Health from MSU and was raised on a family farm near Box Elder. She currently serves as an at-large director of the Montana Grain Growers Association.


Dr. Stephanie Mercier

Stephanie Mercier, Director of Policy at the Farm Journal Foundation, provides policy analysis and leads the Foundation’s Farm Team program. Mercier was chief economist for the Democratic staff of the Senate Ag Committee in 1997-2011 and previously served as team leader for the Trade Policy and Programs area of the USDA-ERS. On the Hill, she covered a wide variety of issues for the Committee, among them domestic farm programs, risk management policy, and international ag trade and food aid policy. After retiring from the Committee, Mercier worked as an independent ag policy consultant. An Iowa native, Stephanie has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a Ph.D. in ag economics from Iowa State University.


John Miller

John Miller was promoted to the position of group vice president, Agricultural Products, for BNSF Railway on Feb. 1, 2014. In this role, he leads a marketing team that specializes in meeting the needs of whole grain, grain products, fertilizer, ethanol and bulk foods shippers. John joined BNSF in March 2008 as assistant vice president, Agricultural Products. He was named vice president, Industrial Products Sales, in November 2012, after serving as assistant vice president of that group since November 2011. Before joining BNSF in 2008, Miller had 25 years of experience in the US grain industry. He began his career with Continental Grain Company (CGC) as a merchandising trainee in 1983 and went on to be named vice president in 1991. Miller later joined Bartlett and then Scoular Grain in various management roles. He received his education in Economics and Advanced Management from Harvard University.


James Radtke

With over 30 years in the seed industry in research and management roles, Jim oversees product development for Cibus. Prior to joining the company, Jim served as Global Temperate Corn Breeding Leader for Dow AgroSciences and was a member of the Mycogen Seeds management team where he managed plant breeding programs of multiple crops. At Agrigenetics, he created the work plan and led the effort to develop the first corn Bt transgenic product sold in the United States.  Jim began his career in 1981 at Northrup King and is active in the American Seed Trade Association. Jim holds a PhD in Plant Breeding and Genetics from the University of Minnesota and a BS and MS from the University of Wisconsin. He is based in the Cibus office in St. Paul, Minn..


Dr. Joseph Shaw

Dr. Joseph Shaw is a Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Affiliate Professor of Physics, and Director of the Optical Technology Center at MSU. He is a leader in the development and application of optical remote sensing systems to study the natural Earth environment, including radiometers, polarimeters, and LIDARs, or Light Detection and Ranging systems, as well as the photography and science of optical phenomena in nature. A native of Bozeman, Shaw worked at the Environmental Technology Lab (formerly the Wave Propagation Lab), a research component of the NOAA, in Boulder, Colorado. A NOAA fellowship allowed him to study at the renowned Optical Sciences Center in Tucson, Arizona, where he earned his Ph.D.


Susan Tallman

Susan Tallman, USDA-NRCS Area Agronomist in Bozeman, provides technical agronomy support to NRCS field offices across south central Montana. An agronomist and certified crop advisor (CCA) with over 15 years of experience in semi-arid dryland grain production and crop systems, Susan has professional experience in both private business and non-profit organizations including directly advising farmers on sustainable practices, grain procurement and distribution, and personal farming experience. She was raised on her family’s dryland grain farm in northern Rosebud County. Her MSU master’s thesis research focused on multi-species cover crops in a no-till wheat-fallow rotation, and its effects on soil biology.


Josh Tonsager 

Josh Tonsager is NAWG’s Legislative Director, where he leads and coordinates wheat policy efforts. Most recently, Tonsager served as a Legislative Assistant in the Office of Former Senator Tim Johnson of South Dakota. His issue portfolio included agriculture, trade, nutrition, economic development and appropriations. Prior to serving as the legislative assistant, Tonsager was a research assistant in that office, where he researched policy issues and drafted correspondence. Tonsager received his Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics and Political Science degree from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, S.D. He comes from a family farm near Oldham, S.D


Brett Wilson

Brett Wilson is a farm advisor for his Montana-based advisory service for farmers, BW Futures. Brett’s market insights come from years of experience as a CHS elevator manager, General Mills grain merchandiser and now with his own company. Growers have said Brett Wilson provides some of the best technical analysis in the nation.








Plowed Under Band

Montana’s Plowed Under Band is a high energy, country music band from Havre. Most of their music is modern top forty country but includes classic country and modern rock. Over the years they’ve played everywhere from small bars and private parties to large events like the Headwaters Country Jam and Bobcat Football Tailgate events. They have shared the stage with country music greats such as Luke Bryan, Joe Nichols, Ricochet, and the Bellamy Brothers.