Training and Events

Check this page for updates to events that may be of interest in managing your buffalo programs. These events are not organized by ITBC. Please follow the links and contact the organizers directly for more information!

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January 3-4, 2020: Montana Bison Association Gran Tree Best Western Hotel, 1325 N. 7th Ave. Bozeman MT 59715 The Winter Conference will feature an array of expert speakers reporting on pertinent topics that include the current bison market challenges, the new Bison-App field management app, ranch-specific financial planning, herd health, and more. See for more information.

January 5-8, 2020: American Forage and Grassland Council Annual Conference Hyatt Regency Greenville, 220 N. Main St., Greenville, SC 29601 The American Forage and Grassland Council (AFGC) is offering a conference on forage management, grazing improvements, ruminant sustainable agriculture, and more.

Jan 7-9, 2020 AgEmerge Monterrey Plaza Hotel and Spa, 400 Cannery Row, Monterey CA 93940 Join in on discussions on emerging trends in soil, plant, and animal health. Learn more at:  and

January 14-Feb 4, 2020: Holistic Cropping Planning Course Online Holistic Management International (HMI) is providing a class that teaches how to create resilient and profitable cropland. Learn more at

January 21-22, 2020: Basic Book-keeping: Federal Grants and Contracts Accounting for Tribes and Tribal Organizations Las Vegas, NV 89109 This class offered by the Falmouth Institute focuses on maintaining accurate accounting records for grants and contracts; reading and interpreting revenue expense and invoice documents; classifying cost data for bookkeeping purposes; financial statement basics; and the use of budgets. Visit

January 22-25, 2020: National Bison Association Winter Conference Renaissance-Stapleton Hotel, 3801 Quebec St. Denver, CO 80207 The National Bison Association (NBA) will be hosting a conference with key topics that may be of interest, such as the “Bison Producers” app, bison-specific labeling, NBA Conservation Management Plan, as well as the Gold Trophy Show and Sale. Register here:

January 21-25, 2020: Gold Trophy Show and Sale National Western Stock Show, Denver, CO 80216 Bison auction for top-notch production animals and a “market class” auction. Learn more at

January 24-April 8, 2020: “Blazing Trails” Food Regulations Training Workshops Various locations in Minnesota The University of Minnesota is offering several half-day training workshops about local food regulations. Learn more at

January 27-Feb 1, 2020: Holistic Management Immersion Workshop Central Community College, East Highway 6, Hastings, NE 68901 This class offered by Holistic Management International (HMI) allows for participants to create a holistic goal using a worksheet, plan financials using software, and create a grazing plan. Learn more at

January 24, 2020, NBA Junior Judging Competition National Western Stock Yards, Denver, CO 80216 The Jr. Judging scholarship competition will award the top three individuals ($1,500-900). Learn more at

February 5-8, 2020: Dakota Territory Buffalo Association Winter Conference Best Western Ramkota Hotel, 2111 N Lacrosse St. Rapid City, SD 57701 Dakota Territory Buffalo Association is hosting its annual Winter Conference and Black Hills Buffalo Classic Show and Sale for its membership. Agenda and conference details coming soon.  To register go to:

February 18-20, 2020: 1st Annual Lakota Food Summit Holiday Inn-Rushmore Plaza, Rapid City, SD 57701 Topics range from traditional plants, soils, and high tunnels to honey farming and nutrition. Speakers include Keynote Speaker Elsie Meeks and Sean Sherman, Sioux Chef. Purchase tickets here:

February 19-20, 2020: Electronic Records Management for Tribal Organizations Las Vegas, NV 89109 This class, offered by the Falmouth Institute provides guidance on operating electronic records management (ERM) systems which improve record keeping, increase security, reduce cost and space needs for records, and simplify the data search process. Visit

February 24-25, 2020: Introduction to Tribal Grants Management Twin Arrows Casino Resort 22181 Resort Blvd, Flagstaff, AZ 86004 Participants will learn about effective grant coordination, including developing grant strategic plans and implementation plans, becoming familiar with important terminology, and recognizing potential pitfalls and how to avoid them in this class offered by Falmouth Institute. Learn more at

March 1-5, 2020: Reservation Economic Summit – RES 2020 Paris Las Vegas, 3655 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) is hosting their annual conference with the theme “Building Bridges of Opportunity”. They are offering networking, team opportunities, business development sessions, and one-on-one consulting for American Indian Enterprises. Learn more at

March 2-3, 2020: Supervision and Management Skills: Leadership in the Tribal Workplace, Grand Casino Hinckley, 777 Lady Luck Dr. Hinckley, MN 55037 This class offered by the Falmouth Institute will enable you to expand on personal and on-the-job experiences by applying newly acquired skills and techniques used by leading management experts. Learn more at

March 7, 2020 Rocky Mountain Bison Association Conference Denver Marriot Westminster, 7000 Church Ranch Blvd, Denver, CO 80021 Educational presentations for those in the bison industry. Learn more at

March 16-20: Women in Conservation Leadership Summit Cheyenne Mountain Resort, 3225 Broadmoor Valley Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80906 The National Wildlife Federation hosts a summit built to include empowerment and leadership in conservation. Learn more at:

March 17-18, 2020: Strategic Planning for Tribes and Tribal Organizations Las Vegas, NV 89109 Learn what tools you can use to analyze your organization and its needs and how to develop a strategic plan in this class offered by the Falmouth Institute. Register at

March 26-27, 2020: Management and Control of Tribal Assets and Property Las Vegas, NV 89109 You’ll learn how to handle government and personal property under self-determination contracts with this class from the Falmouth Institute. Register at

March 18-20: 5th Central Oregon Fire Science Symposium Central Oregon Community College, 2600 NW College Way, Bend, OR 97703 The symposium is being put on in partnership between the Northwest Fire Science Consortium and the Association for Fire Ecology More information on the symposium should be coming out soon and can be found at:

April 3-5, 2020: Minnesota Bison Association Education Conference Round Valley Vineyards & Winery, 30124 MN-264, Round Lake, MN 56167 Visit

April 8, 2020: Interagency Bison Management Plan (IBMP) Spring Meeting Bozeman, MT The InterTribal Buffalo Council will be hosting the IBMP Spring Meeting, in which National Park Service USDA-Forest Service, USDA-Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service, Montana Department of Livestock and Montana Fish Wildlife & Parks are partners in determining the health and future of the Yellowstone bison. Learn more at

May 4-8, 2020: 38th Annual NAFWS National Conference Miami, Florida 33194 This gathering will bring together Tribal resource managers, technicians, conservation law officers, government agencies, and others to receive training, network, share information, and discuss current technical information and legislative initiatives. Visit for more information.

May 13-16, 2020: 43rd Annual Conference of the Society of Ethnobiology Cedar City, UT The annual conference of the Society of Ethnobiology’s theme is “Paa” or “water”. Discussions revolve around how water interacts with people, animals, plants, and environments. Learn more at:

June 7-11, 2020: NCAI Mid Year Conference & Marketplace Dena’ina Convention Center, 600 W 7th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501The National Congress of American Indians is offering their conference. Learn more at

June 15-16, 2020: 14th Annual Native American Economic Development Conference Pechanga Resort & Casino, 45000 Pechanga Pkwy, Temecula, CA 92592 Attendees will engage with top experts focusing on economic diversification and how to ensure community growth. Visit

June 17, 2020: 4th Native American Women’s Leadership Training Pechanga Resort & Casino, 45000 Pechanga Pkwy, Temecula, CA 92592 This training will provide interactive content that allows participants to acquire new skills while learning best practices from other female leaders. Visit

September 9-13, 2020: South Dakota Grassland Coalition Grazing School Chamberlain, SD 57325 Each year, the South Dakota Grassland Coalition hosts the South Dakota Grazing School in Chamberlain/Oacoma. Two three-day sessions are offered during the 2nd week of September. Class 1 convenes Monday morning through Wednesday afternoon; Class 2 convenes Wednesday afternoon through Friday afternoon. Participants will hear presentations in the classroom and gain experience with hands-on activities in the field. Learn more and Register at

September 14-17, 2020: American Indian Tourism Conference We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort, 17661 E. Yavapai Rd., Fort McDowell, Arizona 85264 The American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA) is offering their conference dedicated to tourism in Indian Country. Breakout sessions, regional meetings, and a gala will be held. Learn more at

September 25-27, 2020: Prairie Festival The Land Institute Salina, Kansas Come to see some of the world’s most compelling authors, thinkers, artists, and advocates focused on agriculture, food, the environment, science, sustainability, and social and environmental justice. Learn more at

Fall 2020: Tribal Climate Leaders Program University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80309 The North Central Climate Adaption Science Center (NE CASC) is offering funding for members of any federally recognized Tribe located in the north-central region (ND, SD, NE, KS, WY, CO) to complete a masters program in geography, environmental studies, ecology and evolutionary biology, ethnic studies, and more. For more information contact James Rattling Leaf ( and Jenny Briggs ( Learn more at:

November 8-13, 2020: NCAI Annual Convention & Marketplace Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR The National Congress of Americans (NCAI) will be offering their conference. Learn more at

Rolling Basis: Tribal Voucher Program National Conservation Training Center (NCTC), Shepherdstown, WV 25443 The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is offering financial assistance to federally recognized Tribal natural resource professionals/employees to attend a class at NCTC through the “Tribal Voucher Program”. Individuals may apply to receive tuition, lodging, associated meals for classes up to two weeks in length. Courses may cover geospatial technology, habitat management, species conservation, field techniques, safety and emergency response, and more. For more information contact the National Native American Program Coordinator, Scott Aikin ( and D.J. Monette ( Learn more at:

Variable: Sustainable Agriculture Education and Training Directory The U.S. Department of Agriculture is provides a “National Agricultural Library” where individuals may search for trainings in their state by topic. Visit here:

Variable: Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) The National Resources Conservation Service offers financial resources for producers interested in conserving resources as well as improving agricultural operations. EQIP is able to assist in many functions; for example, assistance with irrigation or water supply projects, and more. To apply, contact your NRCS Regional Office. Visit here: