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Workshop Great Falls 2012

Small Business Opportunity Workshop
Monday, March 12, 2012
Missouri Room
Mansfield Civic Center
Great Falls, MT

8:00 a.m. Welcoming Remarks
Michael Winters, Mayor, City of Great Falls
Jim Sargent, KMON Radio
Jon Tester, United States Senator
8:15 a.m.
Strategic Marketing
Jeff Van Pevenage, Vice President, Columbia Grain
Bob Quinn, President, Kamut International
Greg Kegel, Dean, MSU-Northern College of Technical Sciences
Kim Falson, Executive Vice President, Montana Wheat & Barley Committee
9:00 a.m.
Networking Break
9:15 a.m.
Risk Management and Financing
Dave Pitts, Farm Loan Programs Chief, USDA Farm Service Agency
Doug Hagel, Billings Regional Office Director, USDA Risk Management Agency
Susan Cunningham, Cunningham Crop Insurance
Paul Nelson, Great Falls Manager, Northwest Farm Credit Service
Joe Von Stein, Market President—Havre, US Bank
10:00 a.m.
Networking Break
10:15 a.m.
Beginning Farmers and Ranchers
Kristen Gustafson Juras, Associate Professor of Law, University of Montana
Gary Brester, Professor, Montana State University
Jacob and Courtney Cowgill, Prairie Heritage Farm
Dick Deschamps, Acting State Executive Director, USDA Farm Service Agency
11:00 a.m.

Farm Bill Discussion
Bruce Nelson, Administrator, USDA Farm Service Agency
Jonathan Coppess, Senior Counsel, Senate Agriculture Committee

11:45 a.m. Concluding Remarks
Jon Tester, United States Senator
Office Contact Information

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