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BOZEMAN — Twenty current and emerging leaders from Montana's natural resource industries have been selected to take part in the sixth class of a Montana State University Extension program offering in-depth education and training in the agriculture and natural resource industries. The program is called REAL Montana; REAL stands for Resource Education and Agriculture Leadership.

REAL Montana is a comprehensive two-year program featuring eight in-state seminars, a weeklong national study tour in Washington, D.C., and a 12-day international trip. Seminar topics include agriculture institutions and agencies, natural resource development, public speaking and media, economics, state and federal policy, international trade, urban/rural relationships, water issues, transportation, labor and production costs, and entrepreneurship.

The new class members will begin on Sept. 19 with their first seminar in Bozeman.

Members of the new class were competitively selected from a pool of highly qualified candidates, all of whom represent a variety of agriculture and natural resource industries, Schwend said.

The REAL Montana program is supported by several private industry donors. Complete program information is available at

The class participants, including their home cities, positions and companies, are: 

• Sheridan Johnson Hoyer, Denton. Government relations specialist, Montana Chamber of Commerce.
• Riley Slivka, Lewistown. Digital media producer, AgriStudios.