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2013-02-24T00:00:00Z Business digest The Billings Gazette
February 24, 2013 12:00 am

Farmers and ranchers can learn how to save the family farm for the next generation at a farm and ranch meeting hosted by Rocky Mountain College, March 20, from 7:30 a.m. to noon in the Great Room of Prescott Hall.

Marsha Goetting will speak about the legal implications of passing down the family farm or ranch. Goetting is a professor with the Montana State University Extension and an economics specialist. She has presented more than 800 workshops reaching more than 25,000 Montanans with her financial and estate planning information. Goetting has authored more than 76 MontGuides and bulletins and has received national, regional, and state awards for her financial management and estate planning programs.

Andy Lohse, a 2008 RMC graduate now working with RDO Equipment, will address the technological advantages of using GPS in farm equipment; Darla Rhodes of the Billings Farm Services Agency will discuss the implications of the extension of the previous Farm Bill; and Carrie La Seur, an attorney with Baumstark Braaten, who will advise about handling land and mineral rights dealing with, but not limited to, the Bakken Oil Formation.

The event is organized by RMC’s Enactus Students In Free Enterprise. The cost is $35 if registering in advance, and $40 at the door. To register, please visit the web site For more information, email or call 633-5518.

Breakfast will be included, and there will be plenty of door prizes.

Leadership Montana, a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing together business, government, education, nonprofit, healthcare, and other leaders from around the state for a program of leadership development, networking, and education on the issues facing Montana today, is now accepting applications for the Class of 2014. The class begins in September 2013 and meets once monthly over the next eight months in various locations around the state. The Class of 2014 will be the tenth Leadership Montana class, and will join an alumni organization of over 350 graduates from 50 different Montana communities. Applications are available on the website at The application deadline is April 30, 2013. More information is available by calling the Leadership Montana office at 896-5877.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Montana Farm Service Agency State Executive Director Bruce Nelson reminds foreign people with an interest in agricultural lands in the United States that they are required to report their holdings and any transactions to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.

"Any foreign person who acquires, transfers or holds any interest, other than a security interest, including leaseholds of 10 years or more, in agricultural land in the United States is required by law to report the transaction no later than 90 calendar days after the date of the transaction," Nelson said.

Foreign investors must file FSA-153 “Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act Report” (AFIDA) reports with the FSA county office that maintains reports for the county where the land is located.

For more information regarding AFIDA and FSA programs, contact your local FSA office at or visit the USDA Web site at


“Safety: It’s Up to Us,” presented by the Montana Safety Services Council, a nonprofit organization, the Local Emergency Planning Committee of Yellowstone County and the American Society of Safety Engineers, will be held March 13-14 at the Crowne Plaza in Billings.

The event features more than 30 sessions in the following four educational paths: Employee/Frontline Supervisor, Professional and Management, Medical Emergency Preparedness and Emergency Responder, as well as pre-conference trainings on March 11-12 for Hazwoper Eight Hour Refresher, First Aid/CPR/AED, Hospital Emergency Preparedness and OSHA 10 Hour and CSTOP Combination certification to be held at the training rooms of MSSC at 2727 Central Avenue, Suite 2, and at the Crowne Plaza.

For 18 consecutive years, the conference has been dedicated to providing safety, health and emergency preparedness education, training and resources to businesses and individuals across Montana and Wyoming. The conference also provides a forum for business owners, safety professionals and first responders to network, gather and share information on workplace safety and emergency preparedness issues. The conference also serves as a source of funding for the LEPC.

The keynote speaker on March 14 will be Brent Rasmussen, captain of the U.S. Men’s Sitting Volleyball team. He is also a World Player Representative for Volleyball for the Disabled. He serves on several nonprofit organizations’ board of directors, as well as his service to the Nebraska Chapter of the National Association of Mortgage Brokers. Rasmussen is also the president of his own mortgage firm, Mortgage Specialists, LLC, and enjoys his roles as a certified instructor and motivational speaker

Registration forms for participants, sponsors and exhibitors are available online at

For more information contact Cyndi Case at 248-4893 or email

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