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Stockgrowers donate hamburger

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When the Montana Foodbank Network backed up to the dock at White’s Wholesale Meats on Jan. 14, Kyle Middlemist, director of the Western Montana Stockgrowers Association, and Jack Stivers, secretary for the WMSA, were ready to help load hamburger. 

To help stretch budgets and fill stomachs with nutrient rich beef, the WMSA donated $1,000 worth of hamburger, approximately 286 pounds, to food banks for distribution in the five counties where WMSA is active.

“It’s grown locally and processed locally,” Middlemist said, adding that it was important to WMSA members to distribute the burger locally.

The rancher’s group has a “goodwill fund” to help others in the communities, started with funds donated by the Cattlewomen’s group when they disbanded. The goodwill fund monies bought the hamburger, its first project of 2015. 

In 2014, the fund provided gas money, hotels and meals for two World War II veterans, who are also livestock producers, to travel to Billings to catch the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. The Honor Flight flies veterans to the United States capitol to visit memorials built to honor their service and their sacrifice. 

The WMSA will hold its winter get together at the KwaTaqNuk Resort and Casino on Jan. 24, with a business meeting in the afternoon. Evening events include speaker Rachel Endecott, Montana State University Extension Beef Specialist, chances to win prizes and two guns, a beef dinner, and dancing.

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