The women who help fuel agriculture in the region are being honored this week.
The Mountrail Women In Agriculture banquet is tomorrow in Stanley.
The idea is to pay tribute to the women who contribute to the success of farms and ranches.
Jim Olson caught up with one woman who’ll be attending – who demonstrates how, in many cases, the role of women in ag is changing.
The Holmen farm has been around for three generations.
(Greg Holmen, Powers Lake Farmer) “My grandfather started farming here and then my dad took over operations with his brothers and then I took over my dad’s share.”
But Greg Holmen’s offspring are all female
(Greg Holmen, Powers Lake Farmer) “Got the four daughters…”
All four are involved in agriculture to some degree – including Tara.
(Tara Holmen, Powers Lake Farmer) “It’s nice to be out here. It’s peaceful, it’s calming.
(Greg Holmen, Powers Lake Farmer) “She’s been out seeding. At harvest, she runs the combine, the grain cart, just all around good help.”
Tara has a fulltime job in Stanley, but she and her father have a joint venture that might well result in her becoming Holmen generation number four on this land.
(Tara Holmen, Powers Lake Farmer) “I love the lifestyle and love what I do so it’s something I hope I can take over one day.”
On this chilly morning, Tara and her father were prepping a tractor for the season’s work ahead – a time when Tara takes vacation from her day job in Stanley to pitch in – and it’s the same story come harvest.
(Tara Holmen, Powers Lake Farmer) “Right now I don’t farm enough to not have an off-the-farm job but I think if I picked up more acreage and got more into the farming and joint venture, I’d probably look at doing this full time.” (And that’d be OK with you?) “Yep!”
Near Powers Lake, Jim Olson, KX News.
The Mountrail Women in Agriculture event is Thursday night in Stanley and features a talk by Haley Goodall – a Mountrail County native now involved in the Montana Cattlewomen’s Association.