January Extension Topics
January 4 - Basics on starting an Agritourism operation in MT
January 7-8 - Bitterroot Stockgrowers Annual Expo and Banquet
January 11 - Pesticide Webinar “Herbicides: How do they work.”
January 11 - Next Gen Conference
January 12 - Solid Finances Webinar “Think you know who gets your property when you die! Think again!”
January 19 - AARP Tele Town Halls Series: “What you can do with a Will and what you can’t”
January 19 - Ag News and Brews at Fin’s, topic TBD
January 19 - Solid Finances Webinar, "Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate & Grandpa’s Watch"
January 24 - Teaching Nutrition and Culinary Sciences
January 26 - Ag News and Brews at Tin Can, TBD
January 26 - Solid Finances Webinar, "Avoid Probate on Real Property by Filing a Transfer on Death Deed"
Bitterroot Events
Ag News and Brews
January 19
at Fin's Taphouse in Corvallis
January 26
at Tin Can Bar and Draft Room in Stevensville
Topic to be finalized soon. Space may be limited so
RSVP to guarantee your spot, 406-375-6611.
2022 Montana's Next Generation Conference
The 2022 Montana’s Next Generation Conference will provide six powerful evening sessions covering recordkeeping, markets, marketing, crop production, succession planning, and business topics. Sessions will be on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., beginning January 11. All sessions will be broadcast and accessible online. Sessions will be free, but registration is required at https://tinyurl.com/3py9unt9 or via the link at www.mtnextgen.com.   
Farm Service Agency (FSA) borrowers can complete their borrower training requirements through the series by participating in three evenings of their choice and completing the quiz and evaluation for those sessions.
Teaching Nutrition and Culinary Sciences beginning January 24, 2022
WHAT: Are you looking to improve your research-based knowledge and skills in nutrition and culinary arts community outreach? After completing this course Family and Consumer Science professionals and Extension Agents will be able to...
  • Find and explain research-based individual and family nutrition guidance,
  • Understand food science principles and practice culinary skills, and
  • Explore and apply food and nutrition direct education best practices.
WHO: This course is intended for new or experienced student or community education professionals with limited background in nutrition and/or culinary arts that are looking to improve their skills and confidence in food and nutrition related outreach!
WHEN: 8 week online course Jan 24 - March 14, 2022
REQUIRED attendance at 4 synchronous virtual meetings
11:30-12:30pm on Monday, Jan 31, Feb 14, Feb 28, March 14
Weekly readings, videos, and assignments will require ~2 hours to complete for estimated 15 hours of professional development learning time.
COST: $25 registration fee + $25 if you would like CEUs
Space is limited to sign up today! If you are a Master's student at MSU and plan to take the HDFS course: Culinary and Nutrition Instruction for FCS in the future- please connect with me before signing up.
Basics on starting an
Agritourism operation in MT
beginning January 4, 2022
Toole County Extension will be hosting a virtual webinar series on the basics of starting an Agritourism operation in Montana. The webinar will be every Tuesday in January: the 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th.
"Herbicides: How do they work?"
Pesticide Education Webinar:
Noelle Orloff presents, "Herbicides: How do they work?"
When: Tuesday, January 11, 2022 from 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Where: WebEx
Noelle Orloff, MSU associate Extension specialist, will discuss commonly used herbicide modes of action and describe how each works within a plant to kill it. Using the knowledge of these modes of action she will also discuss and see examples of herbicide symptoms on plants.

The Pesticide Education Webinar Series offers one-hour presentations on pesticide and pest management related topics for applicators across the state of Montana. Each webinar is worth one private applicator credit and is free to attend. Please register for each individual webinar at: https://pesticides.montana.edu/events/webinar.html.
Solid Finances
January 12, 19 & 26
The Solid Finances webinar series is designed to provide adults with an unbiased resource for enhancing their personal financial skills. There is no cost to participate in Solid Finances. Each webinar will address a specific topic. You may choose to attend all of the sessions or only those sessions that are of specific interest to you.  
This year’s schedule is available here.
Registration is no longer required for Solid Finances. Sign up to receive an email reminder the day before each session click here
Webinar log-in information will be provided in the reminder email and will be available on the Solid Finances schedule portion of this website.
AARP Tele Town Halls Series:
“What you can do with a Will
and what you can’t.”
January 19, 2022
When: Wednesday, January 19, 2022 from 10:00am to 11:00am
Montana State University Extension is collaborating with AARP Montana for a four-part Tele-Town Hall estate planning series starting in October and running through January. The series is presented by Marsha Goetting, MSU Extension family economics specialist and professor at MSU. Dr. Goetting said that, for some Montanans, estate planning can be one of the most important and confusing decisions they make in their lives. It raises questions of personal legacy and how to assure the right people receive one’s property after death.

On January 19, Marsha Goetting will be presenting "What you can do with a will and what you can't" at 10:00 AM.

Marsha Goetting
Bitterroot Stockgrowers Annual Expo and Banquet 
Bitterroot Stockgrowers Annual Expo and Banquet January 7-8, 2022, tickets for banquet available at CowPoke and Lakeland Feed, seminars are free admission.
Two full days of ag expo! With fun drawings, educational seminars!
Also annual banquet, we new exciting raffle games, and prizes.......live band and great food! More info- https://www.facebook.com/BitterrootStockgrowers/
The Bitterroot Stock Growers is an agricultural organization used to promote and support the cattle industry in the Bitterroot Valley.
Bitterroot Events
Free Family Activity: Aurora Borealis
Saturday, January 8 at 10:00 AM
Ravalli County Museum
Let the winter nights inspire you and learn about the phenomena of the aurora borealis. We will color a magical night sky with sparkling metallic crayons, replicating the rippling curtains of color as they dance across the horizon.
Culture Crawl Downtown Hamilton January 11, 2022
Free Family Activity: Dream of Peace
Saturday, January 15 at 10:00 AM
Ravalli County Museum
Learn about Martin Luther King, Jr. and his dream for peace. Today’s lesson focuses on kindness as we cut shapes and build a collage about peace in our communities. What elements will you create to instill harmony in your world?
Free Family Activity: Stringing Beads
Saturday, January 22 at 10:00 AM
Ravalli County Museum
Free Family Activity: Stringing Beads Description:
Put your fine motor skills to good use as you string color-changing beads onto yarn and chenille stems! Make beaded necklaces, bracelets, or key chains to keep or give away! They will make you proud and be de-light-full as well!
Family Activity: 3D Groundhogs
Saturday, January 29 at 10:00 AM
Ravalli County Museum
Get in on the action and make your own 3D Groundhog from fancy craft tubes, construction paper, and silly wiggle eyes! Fix him up and put him in an East-facing window to see if he casts a shadow on Groundhog Day!
MSU Ravalli County Extension
Office Staff
MSU Extension Agent
Agriculture, Horticulture
& Natural Resources
Administrative Assistant
Olivia Smart
MSU Extension Agent
4-H Youth Development
MSU/Ravalli County Extension Office
215 S. 4th Street, Ste G
Hamilton, MT 59840
Phone: 406.375.6611
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