Map of Areas Served by Montana Wheat & Barley Committee Directors
Find contact information for each regional Director below.
Adam Carney of Scobey, Montana
1st term ends June 1, 2021
Adam is a fifth-generation farmer from Daniels County. He currently is in business with his parents. Adam has spent the past nine years raising wheat, durum, peas, lentils and a few other crops along the way. He was born in Scobey and raised north of Peerless. He graduated from Scobey High School, then attended the University of Montana and graduated with a degree in Business Management. After college Adam moved home to help on the family farm. Adam was appointed to be director of the Montana Wheat and Barley Committee in 2018. He also serves on the Northern Crop Institute Board, National Pasta Association and is a Director on Nemont. During the winter he helps the Daniels Country Sno-Chasers by raising money for college scholarships for local students.
Max Cederberg of Turner, Montana
1st term ends June 1, 2021
ph: 406.357.2387 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Max raises a variety of small grains and pulse crops on his farm and manages both conventional and organic operations. This will bring a unique and diverse perspective to the Montana Wheat and Barley Committee and be a tremendous asset in helping to develop new key markets. Max is a pillar of the Turner community and is involved with the local fire department, Lutheran church, Turner Store Board and is a former member of the Jaycees. He has served as the Northern Ag Research Station Chairman and currently serves as Chairman of the Montana Seed Show Car Show. Additionally, Max belongs to the Hi-Line Cruzn Association, Montana Street Rod Association, and the Montana Street Rod Scholarship Association Scholarship Committee. In 2015, Max was named as the Montana State University Ag Leader of the Year. Max lives in Turner with his wife Kirsti, and in their spare time they enjoy restoring old cars and traveling. Max also serves on the Wheat Quality Council as a board member.
Llew Jones of Conrad, Montana
1st term ends June 1, 2022
ph: 406.271.3104 | email@example.com
Llew raises wheat, barley, cattle, sheep and hay on his farm near Conrad. He looks forward to working with fellow producers to help promote Montana’s agriculture industry around the globe and give back to an industry that has allowed him so much opportunity. Llew has served the state of Montana for many years as both a State Senator and Representative. He has been the Conrad Chamber President, a member of Farm Bureau and Grain Growers, President of the Pondera Coalition for Progress, Director of the Pondera Port Authority, and City Alderman. Mr. Jones has been awarded the Chamber Champion of Business Award, the Farm Bureau Golden Windmill Award, and the Montana Rural Education Association Legislative Leadership Award during his time as a farmer, rancher, small business owner and legislator. Llew lives with his wife Carole in Conrad, where they have raised their 4 children, Edward, Daniel, Aaron and Dania, and he enjoys reading, flying, and motorcycles. Llew serves on the MAES advisory committee at MSU.
Mike O'Hara of Fort Benton, Montana
2nd term ends June 1, 2020
Mike is a fourth-generation farmer and a pioneer Maine-Anjou breeder since 1971. He farms and ranches in Fort Benton with his two sons Heath and Hardy. His many grandchildren often help and share the same enthusiasm Mike has for the family operation. He harvests up to 13 different crops each year in a very diverse operation, however the focus is wheat. Mike serves on the varietal release committee at MSU. He is a board member on the U.S Grains Council, National Barley Improvement Committee, and National Barley Growers.
Charles Bumgarner of Great Falls, Montana
1st term ends June 1, 2021
Charlie is a fourth-generation farmer who farms near Belt, where he raises wheat, barley, hay, peas, chickpeas and lentils. He and his wife Karla have four children, Tyler, Kelsey, Abby, and Ellyn. Bumgarner has also served as Chairman of the Belt School Board, and as a Director and Officer for both the Montana Grain Growers Association and National Association of Wheat Growers. Charlie serves on the Wheat Marketing Center Board, U.S Grains Council, MSU Advisory Committee, and the National Barley Growers.
Denise Conover of Broadview, Montana
2nd term ends June 1, 2021
ph: 406.667.2185 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Denise farms along side her husband, Bret, and two sons, Chad and Craig, on a dryland no-till operation in Broadview in Yellowstone County. Being appointed to the committee in 2015 has given her opportunities to promote Montana grain products all over the world and to make sure our checkoff dollars of over 3.5 million annually are being spent to benefit all producers. In addition to being on the board and farming, the Conovers own and run a chemical business. Denise is a Charter Member of the Broadview Quick Response Unit (volunteer ambulance service), and enjoys junking and working in the yard. Denise serves as a board member on U.S Wheat Associates and Wheat Foods Council.
Alan Klempel of Bloomfield, Montana
1st term ends June 1, 2020
ph: 406.583.7565 | email@example.com
Alan is a third-generation farmer and rancher in Dawson County, Montana. Born in Sidney, Montana, Al has spent his entire life in the prime wheat growing region of Bloomfield, Montana. His maternal and paternal grandparents both homesteaded in the area in the early 1900s. Over the years they have transitioned from a traditional fallow rotation with conventional tillage to a continuous crop no-till operation. Their operation has an increasing emphasis on soil health and resource conservation with varied crop rotations to benefit cattle, crops, and wildlife.
Al has been actively involved in the operation in eastern Montana for over 40 years, where the family raises hard red winter wheat, dark northern spring wheat, a variety of pulse crops, cover crops, and cattle. He currently serves as Vice Chairman of the Montana Wheat and Barley Committee, is a member of Montana Grain Growers Association, and the Montana Stockgrowers Association. In addition to his agricultural endeavors, Al also owns and operates Burn Creek Outfitters, a guide service for deer, antelope, and upland bird hunting. Al is a board member for U.S Wheat associates, Wheat Foods Council and Wheat Quality Council.
Al and his wife Sherri have two children. His son Kevin works in the oil and gas industry and daughter Lisa teaches English in Mongolia. He enjoys fishing, hunting and skiing, but his most relaxing activity is probably riding a motorcycle to check on the crops and cattle.
Ex Officio Directors
Ben Thomas, Director
Montana Department of Agriculture
Dr. Skreekala Bajwa, Vice President
MSU College of Agriculture