Man herding a cow and calf

The Bair Ranch Foundation Seminar Series brings nationally recognized scientists and agricultural professionals to MSU for the benefit of students, faculty, and the public. The series aims to foster greater public engagement and outreach on innovative research, and highlight agricultural and natural resource issues.

Seminars include a research dialogue that provides MSU students and faculty meaningful interaction with nationally recognized agricultural professionals, teachers and researchers.

Seminars are held in the Animal Biosciences Building (ABB) Room 134, unless noted otherwise. Noon seminars are designated for College of Agriculture students and faculty. Evening seminars are open to the public with limted seating. A reception precedes evening seminars.

2022 SPRING SCHEDULE

Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022 - CANCELLED

Devan McGranahan (USDA)
Topic: TBD
Noon -1 p.m. in ABB134

Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022 

Samantha Brooks University of Florida
Topic: TBD
Noon -1 p.m. in ABB134

Thursday, March 10, 2022

Sally Johnson, Virginia Tech
Topic: TBD
Noon -1 p.m. in ABB134

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Brady Allred, University of Montana
Topic: TBD
Noon - 1 p.m. in ABB134

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Dave Bohnert, Oklahoma State University
Topic: TBD
Noon - 1 p.m. in ABB134

2021 FALL SCHEDULE

Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021

Dr. Nick Serão, Iowa State University
Learning and Applying Statistics: What Could Go Wrong?
Noon - 1 p.m. in  ABB 134

Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021

Dr. Sally Johnson, Virginia Tech
The Equine Athlete: Workload, Fatigue, and Muscle Recovery
Noon - 1 p.m. in  ABB 134

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Dr. Iker Saitua, 
Topic: The Economic Impact of Sheep Diseases and their Contro1 in the American West
Noon - 1 p.m. in ABB 134

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Dr. Joao Dorea, University of Wisconsin
Topic: Harnessing the Power of Computer Vision Systems to Improve Mangement Decisions in Livestock Operations
Noon - 1 p.m. in  ABB 134

Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021

Dr. Jared Decker, University of Missouri
Topic: Genotype by Environment by Management to Select More Sustainable Cattle
Noon - 1 p.m. in  ABB 134
 

2020 SPRING SCHEDULE

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Jack Brookshire, Montana State University - LRES
The Greening of the Northern Great Plains and its Biogeochemical and Climatic Drivers
Jack Brookshire, Montana State University - LRES
Click here to view the video presentation. Apologies for the sound quality.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Dr. Temple Grandin, Colorado State University
MSU Seminar Noon – 1 p.m. in ABB 134 (not open to public)
Improving Cattle Stockmanship
Click here to view video presentation. Begins at 8:00 minute mark.
 
Dr. Temple Grandin
Community Talk @ 6 p.m. at The Ellen Theater
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 - CANCELLED

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 - CANCELLED

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, Sept. 5, 2019:

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, Sept. 19, 2019:

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,  Oct. 3, 2019:

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, Oct. 17, 2019:

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”

Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019:

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, Jan. 17, 2019:

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.

Thursday, January 31:

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”

Thursday, February 14:

MSU Seminar @ Noon in ABB 134
Dr. Ryan Thum, Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Sciences & Plant Pathology, Montana State University
“Precision Weed Control”

Thursday, February 28:

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”

Thursday, March 14, 2019:

Dr. Sam Fuhlendorf, Professor, Natural Resource Ecology and Management, Oklahoma State University
Noon - 1 p.m. in ABB 134
Topic: 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, 2019:

Dr. Hayes Goosey, Assistant Research Professor, Department of Animal & Range Sciences, Montana State University
Noon - 1 p.m. in ABB 134
Topic: 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

Wednesday, September 19:

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?”

Wednesday, October 3:

MSU Seminar @ Noon in ABB 134
Kevin Ellison, Grasslands Ecologist, Northern Great Plains, World Wildlife Fund
“Landscape Scale Interactions between Birds and Agriculture”

Wednesday, October 17:

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”

Wednesday, October 31:

MSU Seminar @ Noon in ABB 134
Matthew Cronin, Scientist with Northwest Biology Company
“Population Genetics of Wildlife and Livestock”

Wednesday, November 14:

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”