GLENDIVE, Mont. – Bruce Smith, Montana State University Dawson County Extension agent, arranges all the agriculture seminars for the GATE show.

The 41st GATE show will be coming to the Eastern Plains Event Center (EPEC) on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8-9.

On Friday, there will be ag seminars, especially for regional farmers and ranchers. Smith keeps in contact with the region’s producers and they let him know what they would like to have presented at the GATE.

“Producers are always interested in how do we get rid of difficult weeds, or diseases, or insects, so we plan to have some ARS scientists from the ARS center in Sidney here to help answer those questions,” Smith said.

Smith, who has a background in local foods and nutrition and formerly worked for Pillsbury/Green Giant in California, started the Farm-to-Table Cooperative in Glendive. The co-op has sold local foods, such as dry beans, other pulses and hull-less barley, and packaged it, for neighbors to be able to buy healthy, local foods. The co-op also bought a commercial kitchen for local folks to use to develop foods commercially.

The co-op still owns the food label “Prairie Home Cuisine.”

Later, Smith received the highest honor given by his Extension peers, the Silver Buffalo Award for 20 years of work in Extension and his advancement of sustainable local food systems.

At the GATE ag seminars, the following agenda has been set:

On Friday, Feb. 8:

Trade show opens at 9 a.m.

From 11 a.m. to noon:  Diana DeYoung, Montana Department of Agriculture Worker Protections Standards, will speak on “Understanding pesticide product labels.”

At noon, Gateway Cowbelles will prepare lunch.

From 1 p.m.-2 p.m.: Jon Reiten and Kevin Chandler with the Montana Bureau of Mines, present,  “Tale of Two Aquifers: From Artesian Stock Water to the Foxhills to irrigation supplies in the West Crane.”

From 2 p.m.- to 3 p.m.: USDA-ARS Northern Ag Research Lab, Sidney, scientists speaking on, “Research updates on Weeds, Diseases, and Insects.”

From 3 p.m.-5 p.m.: Ed Haugen, Lutheran Brotherhood, speaks on “Keeping the Farm in the Family.” 

Trade show closes at 6 p.m.

At 6 p.m.: Vendor Social, sponsored by The Prairie Star.

On Saturday, Feb. 9:

Trade show opens at 9 a.m.

Vendors will have the opportunity to give workshops in the meeting rooms at the EPEC. 

Show closes at 4 p.m. 

Smith said pesticide applicator points have been applied for.

The GATE trade show and ag seminars take place at the EPEC building, located at 313 South Merrill St.

Call 406-987-3777 for more information, or see the website at https://gatexpo.com.