BOZEMAN -- Montana State University’s Steer-A-Year program is seeking steer donations for the 2017-18 academic year. The donated steers will allow agriculture students to gain hands-on learning experience in all aspects of the beef industry, from anatomy to production.

Throughout the academic year, students in the Steer-A-Year program provide daily care for steers that Montana ranchers have donated to the university. The steers are then sold in the spring, and profits from the sales fund student activities in MSU’s College of Agriculture.

Many North Dakota livestock producers are buying hay and feed from outside the region because drought resulted in pasture, hay and other feed shortages in the upper Great Plains.

The North Dakota State University Extension Service and North Dakota Stockmen’s Association remind producers to ask questions and use sound business practices to protect themselves and their livestock as they make purchases.

USDA Farm Service Agency reminds Montana producers of the upcoming Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) deadlines.

U.S. raises odds of a market-roiling La Niña forming this winter. 

There is now a 62 percent chance La Niña will arrive between November and January, up from 26 percent last month, the U.S. Climate Prediction Center said in statement Thursday. The shift prompted the center to issue a watch for La Nina, a cooling of Pacific Ocean surface temperatures that can trigger weather changes the world over.

The 2017 Young Ag Leadership Conference (YALC) is slated for Oct. 13-15 at the Radisson Colonial Hotel in Helena. YALC brings together people ages 18-40 with an interest in leadership, personal development, education and networking.

This year’s event kicks off Friday afternoon with an area ag tour followed by keynote speaker Brandi Buzzard’s talk “How to Combat Fear-Based Marketing.”