Montana State University

REAL Montana program announces inaugural class

July 22, 2013 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN - Montana State University announced the inaugural class for Resource Education and Agriculture Leadership Montana, a two-year program focused on building a network of informed and engaged leaders to advance the agriculture and natural resource industries in Montana.

REAL Montana's inaugural class of 20 participants was selected from 43 candidates, all of whom represent a variety of agriculture and natural resource industries. REAL Montana is funded through a partnership with MSU Extension and private industry. 

REAL Montana is a two-year program featuring eight in-state seminars, a five-day national study tour in Washington D.C. and a two-week international trip. Seminar topics include: agriculture institutions and agencies, natural resource development, public speaking/media, economics, state and federal policy, international trade, urban/rural relationships, water issues, transportation, labor and production costs and entrepreneurship.

The first seminar takes place September 12-14 in Bozeman.

Inaugural class participants are:  Walt Anseth, Helena; Tara Becken, Billings; Scott Blain, Joliet; Cindy Denning, Sun River; Joe Dooling, Helena; Jackie Flikkema, Manhattan; Daniel Jones, Conrad; Dan Kerslake, Stevensville; Whitney Klasna, Lambert; Kristen Krueger, Kalispell; Andy Matakis, Havre; Kate Montgomery, Worden; Bryan Mussard, Dillon; Kate Norvell, Ballantine; Breahna Patten, Broadus; Shaud Schwarzbach, Big Sandy; Howard Skjervem, Helena; Tyler Smith, Havre; Daniel Weaver, Big Sandy; and Bruce Wright, Bozeman.

Complete program information is available at or by contacting Janelle Booth, (406) 994-6480,

Contact: Janelle Booth (406) 994-6480 or