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About the MATE Theater

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The classroom-style MATE Theater provides educational opportunities for attendees. Approximately one hour long presentations the topics range from proper pesticide placement to better beef breeding. Experts from entities such as Montana State University (MSU) Extension, and the Montana Department of Agriculture (MDA) prepare presentations that they believe are going to be most pertinent to the audience. This is a great chance to ask specific questions and get them answered on a personal level. See this year's schedule below.

Thursday, February 14th

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11-11:50 a.m. Increasing Farm Profit through Precision Agriculture
Presented by TJ Knecht, Certified Crop Adviser, 406 Agronomy
TJ Knecht, Certified Crop Adviser with 406 Agronomy, will discuss how to improve your farm's bottom line with precision agriculture. TJ will discuss the potential return on investment from implementing new technology on your farm, from basic GPS guidance to aerial imagery, variable rate application, yield mapping, and more.

1-1:50 p.m. Prairie Dog Management
Presented by Stephen Vantassel, Vertebrate Pest Specialist, Montana Department of Agriculture
Montana Department of Agriculture’s Vertebrate Pest Specialist, Stephen M. Vantassel, will review methods for controlling prairie dogs to help producers make cost-effective decisions. His presentation will review basic life history and cover the pros and cons of control techniques available, including mechanical control (trapping, shooting), chemical controls (fumigants and baits), unregulated methods (carbon-monoxide and propane-oxygen exploders) and biological controls.

2-2:50 p.m. Dicamba and Paraquat Use Update
Presented by Lyle Scott, Plant Science Specialist, Montana Department of Agriculture
Lyle Scott will discuss past uses of Dicamba, the recent problems that arose from misuse, the corrections being applied, and the future requirements of Dicamba users. He will also discuss Paraquat, its history, uses, problems, benefits, resurgence, and new training requirements and how to comply.

3-3:50 p.m. Water Quality and Soil Activity for Pesticides
Presented by Mat Walter, Extension Agent, MSU Extension – Musselshell/Golden Valley Counties
MSU Extension Agent, Mat Walter, will take an in-depth look at how soil structure and water quality impact the efficacy of herbicides on farm ground and rangeland and how applicators might improve the chances of herbicides reaching their target plants.

Friday, February 15th

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10-10:50 a.m. Nuts & Bolts of Income Tax Filing
Presented by Jamie Hovey and Amy Iverson, Wipfli CPA's and Consultants
Learn about In-kind wages, March 1st deadline vs. April 15th deadline, Year End Planning, The New Tax Law and the current impact, Entity structures.

11-11:50 a.m. Using Social Media to Reach New Buyers
Presented by Karoline Rose of KRose Marketing and Consulting
The world of marketing and advertising production sales is changing rapidly. Almost everyone is using at least one social media platform, including your buyers! Social media is a powerful tool that, when utilized correctly, can help you grow your sale and attract new buyers to your program. Karoline Rose will be presenting on the power of social media from game changing Facebook Ads to YouTube videos to utilizing Instagram and hashtags. She will also touch on using email and text message marketing to turn followers into paid customers!

1-1:50 p.m. Invasive Annual Grasses in Montana
Presented by Jane Mangold, Rangeland Weed Extension Specialist, MSU Extension
This presentation will discuss four invasive annual grasses threatening range and pastures in Montana. Identification, biology, and management will be discussed along with unique challenges certain annual grasses present in terms of potential impacts and management.

2-2:50 p.m. Intergrated Weed Management
Presented by Tim Seipel, Cropland Weed Extension Specialist, MSU Extension
Integrated Weed Management is a diversified approach to agricultural weed management that aims to more effectively target problem weeds by incorporating multiple strategies together. Integrated weed management allows the producer to design their weed management program around what is most effective for the particular weeds, crop, and farm operation. MSU Extension Specialist, Tim Seipel, will cover important aspects of integrated weed management in the semi-arid systems.

3-3:50 p.m. Control Ideas for Common Weeds in Yellowstone County
Presented by Callie Cooley, Extension Agent, MSU Extension – Yellowstone County
MSU Extension Agent, Callie Cooley, will discuss control methods of common invasive weeds in Yellowstone County including: leafy spurge, Canada thistle, field bindweed, spotted knapweed, Scotch thistle, common burdock, puncturevine, curly dock, poison hemlock, and black henbane. The presentation will focus on integrated weed management, highlighting best control options for individual situations.

Saturday, February 16th

Paint any of these or your own idea from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon. 
11-11:50 a.m. Medicare 101
Presented by Bobbi Roberts, medicare specialist
Everything you've always wanted to know about Medicare but didn't have anyone to ask.

12-3 p.m. Painting
Presented by Bitterroot Sip & Paint.
Free! Come at any time and paint on canvas. Stop on by to paint Montana! Easy beginner paintings with an artist on hand to help you every step of the way.
Painting session is free brought to you by Bitterroot Sip and Paint and many other fine sponsors!


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