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Conservation Convention Starts Today

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Montana's biggest industry is farming and agriculture and today around 200 Montana farmers from all across the treasure state gathered at the Heritage Inn to discuss ways to improve farming.

"Farming is really important to the state of Montana," says Area Resource Conservationist, Marni Thompson.

Farmers and agricultural industry leaders came together to share information and ideas to help improve the quality of farming in Montana at the first day of the Montana conservation convention.

"Well today is our first day of our annual gathering of our state wide convention where we have 450 supervisors across the state of Montana and 58 conservation districts. This is their opportunity to come to one spot get together and talk about things they accomplished and look forward to the future and not all 450 shows up but we have over 200 here," explains Executive Director, Jeff Tiebeeri.

With a staggering 3 out of every 5 jobs in Montana are agricultural linked and are the biggest exports from our state, this convention helps our farmers share information with their fellow big sky farmers.

"May not be monetarily but it's where we all get together and talk and compare notes. Montana is a big state and from the east side to the west side there is a lot of variants in what is happening out there," says MCAD President, Pete Woll.

Of course there is always talk about who has the newest and better gadgets.

"There is always new talk about the new equipment and everything as people get together and sit around the table and things," says Woll.

Today's speakers focused on how Montanan's can better use and save our soil to keep our biggest industry moving in the right direction.

"So we have brought in speakers that have directly with it improving soil health which in turn helps the bottom line for our agricultural producers which in turn keeps us all out on the land. Which is what I think is the most important thing," says Thompson.

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