Columbus FFA holds farm business management seminar

FFA members from around the region converged on Columbus the last weekend of February to attend a farm business management seminar coordinated by the Columbus chapter.

Attending the event were almost 30 students representing six different schools – Belgrade, Big Timber, From-berg, Twin Bridges, Ruby Valley, and Columbus.

Participants were split into groups and attended five classes pertaining to farm business management taught by guest lecturers.

Presenters included: Lars Hanson of Stockman Bank (careers in finance); Todd Lackman, a MSU Agriculture Economic student (basic economics); Marissa Hauge from the Stillwater County Economic Development Department (entrepreneurship); Jon Mangus of the USDA Risk Management Agency (risk management); and Garrett Larson from Stillwater County’s Natural Resources Conservation Service Office (applications).

Following the classes, the students took tests that included information they learned that day.

Columbus FFA officers helped organize the seminar, graded tests, and served the participants lunch. Two Montana State FFA officers attended the event.

Awards were given for the top 10 scores for each category of the test – careers in finance, basic economics, entrepreneurship, risk management, and applications. Belgrade won with an overall team score of 173 points.

Several local students did well on the tests. In careers in finance, Daniel Vanek placed second, and Cahill Stadel finished in ninth place. Keeley Gomez finished tenth in entrepreneurship.

Columbus FFA members will be able to put what they learned at the seminar to good use next week. On Wednesday, March 14, the district competition for farm business management, livestock, and parliamentary procedure will be held in Absarokee.