The Bair Ranch Foundation Seminar Series is a seminar series that brings nationally recognized scientists and agricultural professionals to MSU for the benefit of students, faculty, and the public. The series is aimed at fostering greater public engagement and outreach on innovative research, agricultural, and natural resource issues. Each seminar will include a research talk in an effort to provide meaningful opportunities for professional interactions among nationally recognized Agricultural professionals, teachers, and researchers, to the students and faculty of MSU.  

All seminars take place in the Animal Biosciences Building (ABB) Room 134 (unless noted). Noon seminars are designed for the College of Agriculture students and faculty only. For evening seminars, the public is welcome to attend and is preceded by a reception at 5:00 p.m. Seating is limited.

2020 SPRING SCHEDULE

Thursday, February 6, 2020

MSU Seminar @12:00 – 1:00 pm in ABB 134
Jack Brookshire, Montana State University - LRES
“The Greening of the Northern Great Plains and its Biogeochemical and Climatic Drivers”
Click here to view the video presentation. Apologies for the sound quality.
 

Thursday, February 20, 2020

MSU Seminar @12:00 – 1:00 pm in ABB 134 (not a public event)
Dr. Temple Grandin, Colorado State University, Department of Animal Science
“Improving Cattle Stockmanship”
Click here to view video presentation. Begins at 8:00 minute mark.
 
Community Talk @ 6:00 p.m. at The Ellen Theater
Dr. Temple Grandin
“Understanding Animal Behavior and Autism”
 

Thursday, March 5, 2020

MSU Seminar @12:00 – 1:00 pm in ABB 134
Juan J. Loor, Ph. D., Professor, Department of Animal Sciences & Division of Nutritional Sciences, University of Illinois
“One-carbon Metabolism During the Transition Period in Dairy Cows”
 
Community Talk @ 6:00 pm in ABB 134
Juan J. Loor, Ph. D.
“Feeding for Dual Purpose with Dual Benefit: Role of Nutrition
During Pregnancy on Cow and Calf Health and Performance”
 

Thursday, April 2, 2020

MSU Seminar @12:00 – 1:00 pm in ABB 134
Brady Allred, University of Montana
“Rangeland Ecosystem Ecology at Broad Scales”
 

Thursday, April 9, 2020

MSU Seminar @12:00 – 1:00 pm in ABB 134
John Steuber, State Director of USDA-APHIS Wildlife Services
“Predator Control in Montana”

 

2019 FALL SCHEDULE

Thursday, September 5:

MSU Seminar @ 12:15  in Lewis Hall 304
Dr. Nathan Sayre, University of California, Berkeley
“Collaborative Rangeland Conservation in the U: What Can the Past Tell Us Now?”
 

Thursday, September 19:

MSU Seminar @ Noon in ABB 134
Dr. Erik Beever, Research Ecologist and Affiliate Professor, USGS Northern Rocky Mtn. Science Center
"Synecology of Free-roaming Horses: Multi-scale Relationships with Mammals, Reptiles, Plants, and Soils of Sagebrush Habitats."
 

Thursday,  October 3:

MSU Seminar @ Noon in ABB 134
Patrick Wall, Iowa State University, Executive Director, Ultrasound Guidelines Council, Area Beef Field Specialist – SE Iowa, Marion County Extension Office
“The Ultrasound Guidelines Council: Industry Challenges”
 
Community Talk @ 6:00 pm in ABB 134
Patrick Wall, Iowa State University, Executive Director, Ultrasound Guidelines Council, Area Beef Field Specialist – SE Iowa, Marion County Extension Office
“Carcass Ultrasound Technology: It’s History…and Why”
 

Thursday, October 17:

MSU Seminar @ Noon in ABB 134
Dr. Bill Fagan, University of Maryland, Department of Biology, Professor and Department Chair
“Spatial Ecology & Animal Movement”
 
Community Talk @ 6:00 pm in ABB 134
Dr. Bill Fagan, University of Maryland, Department of Biology, Professor and Department Chair
“Learning, Memory, and Animal Migration”

 

November 14:

MSU Seminar @ Noon in ABB 134
Dr. Fabian Menalled, Montana State University, Land Resources Environmental Sciences
“Weed Ecology and the Relationships of Farming Systems, Soil, and Microbiology”
 
Thursday, December 5:
MSU Seminar @ Noon in ABB 134
Graduate Student Seminars
 
Thursday, December 12:
MSU Seminar @ Noon in ABB 134
Graduate Student Seminars

 

2019 SPRING SCHEDULE

Thursday, January 17:

MSU Seminar @ Noon in ABB 134
Dr. Bob Garrott, Professor, Department of Ecology, Montana State University
“Montana State University’s Collaborative Bighorn Sheep Research”
A link to Dr. Garrott's presentation is here. We apologize for the technical difficulties.
 
Community Talk
Museum of Rockies Hager Auditorium 6:00 p.m.
Reception in the Bair Lobby at 5:15 p.m.
Dr. Sreekala Bajwa, College of Ag Vice President and Dean, Montana State University
“MSU Agriculture – Vital to MSU’s Land-Grant Mission and Values”
 
MSU Seminar @ Noon in ABB 134
Dr. Ryan Thum, Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Sciences & Plant Pathology, Montana State University
“Precision Weed Control”
 
MSU Seminar @ Noon in ABB 134
Dr. Katie Dunlap, Professor, Department of Animal Science, Texas A&M University
“Teaching the Changing Demographic of Animal Science Students”
 
Dr. Katie Dunlap, Professor, Department of Animal Science, Texas A&M University
"Teaching  Today’s Animal Science Students: Opportunities In and Out of the Classroom”
 
MSU Seminar @ Noon in ABB 134
Dr. Sam Fuhlendorf, Professor, Natural Resource Ecology and Management, Oklahoma State University
“Using Heterogeneity as a Basis for Rangeland Management ”
 
Dr. Sam Fuhlendorf, Professor, Natural Resource Ecology and Management, Oklahoma State University
“Fire and Rangelands: Historical, Recent Past and Future Role in Conservation”
 
Thursday, April 4:
MSU Seminar @ Noon in ABB 134
Dr. Hayes Goosey, Assistant Research Professor, Department of Animal & Range Sciences, Montana State University
“Sage Grouse Initiative”
 
Thursday, April 11:
MSU Seminar @ Noon in ABB 134
Graduate Student Seminars
 
Thursday, April 18:
MSU Seminar @ Noon in ABB 134
Graduate Student Seminars
 
Thursday, April 25:
MSU Seminar @ Noon in ABB 134
Graduate Student Seminars
 
2018 FALL SCHEDULE
MSU Seminar @ Noon in ABB 134
Vince Smith, Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics, Montana State University
“Food Aid Cargo Preference:  Costs, Benefits and Implications for US Humanitarian Aid Efforts”
 
Community Talk @ 6:00 pm in ABB 134
Vince Smith, Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics, Montana State University
“US Agricultural Policy:  Where Have We Been and Where Are We Going?”
 
MSU Seminar @ Noon in ABB 134
Kevin Ellison, Grasslands Ecologist, Northern Great Plains, World Wildlife Fund
“Landscape Scale Interactions between Birds and Agriculture”
 
MSU Seminar @ Noon in ABB 134
Amilton de Mello, Ph.D., Nevada Meat Science Lab, University of Nevada - Reno
“Beef Industry in the U.S. – Challenges and Perspectives”
 
Community Talk @ 6:00 pm in ABB 134
Amilton de Mello, Ph.D., Nevada Meat Science Lab, University of Nevada - Reno
“Beef Industry in the U.S. – Challenges and Perspectives”
 
MSU Seminar @ Noon in ABB 134
Matthew Cronin, Scientist with Northwest Biology Company
“Population Genetics of Wildlife and Livestock”
 
MSU Seminar @ Noon in ABB 134
Matthew Spangler, Professor, Beef Genetics Specialist, University of Nebraska – Lincoln
“Genetic Selection of Livestock:  Why it Matters to You”
 
Community Talk @ 6:00 pm in ABB 134
Matthew Spangler, Professor, Beef Genetics Specialist, University of Nebraska – Lincoln
“Genetic Selection of Livestock:  Why it Matters to You”

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