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Winter Fair Farm Forum to host National Speaker and Consultant Dick Wittman

"Are You Getting a Passing Grade in Farm Family Business Management?" This will be the topic addressed by Dick Wittman at the daylong seminar to be held at the Eagles Club in Lewis-town from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, January 24, 2014. This session examines key managerial proficiencies that must be implemented to succeed in a family farm business and pass it successfully from generation to generation. It also covers the consequences of failing to adopt these practices in everyday operations. Participants can score themselves on proficiencies in personnel, financial and marketing management. Wittman will provide a learning path for implementing a systems approach and proven strategies for managing a family farm business. There will be two case study sessions following each formal seminar which will allow participants to engage in problem solving of real world family business transition challenges and conflicts.

Wittman is a firm believer in the preservation of the family farm as the preferred entity to manage and steward our food production industry. This belief has been a primary driver in motivating him to help family farmers adopt more professional management practices. Dick Wittman currently manages a 19,000 acre crop, cattle and timber operation in northern Idaho. He also provides seminars, workshops and private consulting services on a part-time basis to farmers, ranchers, agribusinesses, and lenders. Dick received his MBA in Finance from the University of Utah. He worked in the Farm Credit System for eight years. He is on the faculty of The Executive Program for Agricultural Producers and recently completed a term as president of the Farm Financial Standards Council.

There will be two formal seminar sessions beginning at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. each followed by a case study. Lunch will be served at noon, with Beef Quality Assurance from 12:30 to 1:00. Lunch will be provided by Torgerson's. More meeting details can be found at by contacting the Judith Basin Extension Office at 406-566-2277 or emailing Thank you to the following sponsor's for helping make this event possible: Torgerson's, Montana Grain Growers Association, Montana Stockgrow-ers Association, Farm Credit Services, Fergus County Livestock Association and Judith Basin Stockgrowers.

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Original Publication Date: January 15, 2014

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